When you’re in the mood for a good down-home style meal, you can never go wrong with BBQ. Slow cooked ribs, smoked meats and BBQ sandwiches — just thinking about the flavorful meat makes my mouth water. So if you’ve got a hankering for BBQ in Naples, FL, tonight, here’s where you might want to visit. And don’t ya’ll forget to tell ‘em Foodie Naples sent ya.

Black Eyed Pig
Black Eyed Pig is the kind of place you can smell from a mile away. Ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, smoked chicken and more will satisfy your cravings for BBQ here. Although the location itself is small, the food is great. But get there midday (11am) or for an early dinner because they close at 8pm.

Texas Tony’s BBQ Shack
At Texas Tony’s, make sure that you don’t forget your bib when devour the meal that’s set in front of you because it could be one big, delicious mess. It’s a great casual restaurant where you can literally just dig in. The place is homey and feels a bit like Texas, the staff is friendly, and the food is great.
4519 Tamiami Trail E
Naples, FL 34112

Michelbob’s Ribs
Michelbob’s is a quirky restaurant that has been serving ribs since 1979. Meat is imported from Denmark and made into a tender, mouthwatering meal with its famous barbecue sauce. The place is decorated with Coca-Cola, Master’s Golf and Canadian freshwater fishing memorabilia so while you enjoy your BBQ, you have something to look at.

Rib City
Rib City started out as a small family-style bbq operation in 1989. Due to it’s success, it has since then opened several other locations. At Rib City, the promise goes: “If you have to pick up a knife to eat our baby back ribs, then we’ll pick up your meal!”

Cracklin’ Jacks
Although most people think of catfish or fried chicken when they think of Cracklin Jack’s, they also make some mean BBQ. Choose from ribs and BBQ sandwiches. Be sure to watch for announcements (likely late Fall 2014) about their upcoming move into the former Porky’s Last Stand location.

Smokin R’s BBQ
Some say that the best BBQ can be found in a smoking trailer — and Smokin R’s BBQ definitely proves that theory to be true. You’ll often find them at festivals and around town if you can’t make the long drive out out to their more permanent location at E’s Country Store. Ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, smoked chicken and more — the smell of which will have you drooling from blocks away.


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Note: This article written by Tiffany Muehlbauer, author and editor of No Ordinary Homestead, first appeared on FoodieNaples.com in 2014 and has been republished with permission.