When it comes to food, nothing quite signifies summer like BBQ. But let’s face it, by the time we realize that’s what we’d like for dinner, slow n’ low is out of the equation. No need to let go of that hankerin’—we’ve rounded up some of our favorite places to dine out for (or take out) great BBQ right here in the Bay Area.

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Hyde Away Blues BBQ
You’ll feel like you’ve been let in on a wonderful and delicious secret by dining here. The shop is unassuming from the outside, TINY on the inside, and easy to miss if it weren’t for the incredible smell wafting from the door. Take-out is best for families—or almost anyone, really, as the closet-sized spot seats less than half a dozen and there’s not a high chair in sight. But the food will not disappoint: try the pulled-pork waffle sandwich or lobster mac n’ cheese. But bring cash—this old-school joint doesn’t accept credit cards.

457 Hyde St
San Francisco, Ca
Phone: 415-678-8894
Online: facebook.com/bourbanstreetexpresscafe

Baby Blues BBQ
This spot offers the best of all worlds: Memphis-style rubs, Carolina sauces, New Orleans flavor. And they’ve even taken some of the stress out of deciding what to order: more than half-a dozen combo plates let you try a little bit of everything (we definitely recommend the ribs!) If you’re little one isn’t in the mood for traditional ‘cue, the kids menu offers old standbys like chicken strips and hot dogs for a bargain at just $4 each. Like a lot of neighborhoods in the city, parking can be tricky. Luckily, there is a MUNI stop right out front, and the restaurant is just 2 blocks from BART.

3149 Mission Street
San Francisco, Ca
Phone: 415-896-4250
Online: babybluessf.com

Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

Everett & Jones Barbeque
The Everett family moved to the Bay Area from Alabama in the ’50s, and in 1973 opened their first restaurant in Oakland where they served up authentic, Southern comfort food. Since then, they’ve grown to six locations, including their popular restaurant in Jack London Square. The brisket is a local favorite. And if you can’t get enough, you can buy a jar of their sauce to bring home.

126 Broadway
Oakland, Ca
Phone: 510-663-2350
Online: eandjbbq.com

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Sam’s Bar-B-Que
Sam’s is putting the “south” in South Bay with staples like Kansas-style ribs and Carolina pulled pork. You order at the counter and they’ll bring it right to your table with minimal wait. So you truly get the benefit of their slow-cooking in an instant (and let’s face it, that can be a bonus when dining with hungry little ones). Portions are especially generous, so breakfast is taken care of—pulled pork and eggs, anyone? Sam’s is open from 11am–5pm MondaySaturday, but closed on Sundays.

1110 South Bascom Avenue
San Jose, Ca
Phone: 408-297-9151
Online: samsbbq.com

Lombardi’s BBQ & Deli
The price is right at this North Bay deli. The majority of their BBQ main dishes are under $12 (without sides), and you may be tempted to try a few. The smokers are located right out front so your mouth is sure to be watering before you even walk through the door. They also have a variety of sandwiches and ala carte items perfect for little bellies and BBQ-lovers-in-training. Grab a bottle of local wine from the market area to round out your meal.

3413 Petaluma Blvd
North
 Petaluma, Ca
Phone: 707-773-1271
Online: lombardisbbq.com

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Courtesy of Slow Hand BBQ

Slow Hand BBQ
Dining here is truly a family affair. Slow Hand serves most of their entrees family-style, right on top of butcher paper. It’s no frills at it’s finest! Order by the pound to make sure you’re getting the right amount for your brood. And for a true slice of the south, white bread comes out alongside favorites like brisket and pulled pork.

1941 Oak Park Blvd
Pleasant Hill, Ca
Phone: 925- 942-0149
Online: slowhandbbq.com

Where do you pick up BBQ with the fam? Tell us your favorite spot below! 

–Melissa Bouse