When spring, Barbecue Month and Barbecue Day (May 16) coincide, we want smoked meat outside.
Leave the prep to the pros at these barbecue restaurants with prime picnic tables, patios and yards. Enjoy a platter of Carolina-style whole hog, Kansas City-style burnt ends, Memphis-style pulled pork, St. Louis-style ribs or Texas-style brisket beneath shade and string lights, or among yard games and live music.
From a backyard with a working ferris wheel in Dallas to a beer garden with cornhole in Brooklyn, these smoking destinations are a sure bet for spring and summer cookouts. Browse the photos above for al fresco smoked-meat eateries and see more inspiration for barbecue below.
Bub City offers patio seating in Chicago’s River North neighborhood and in Rosemont, Ill (pictured).