69399 Hwy. 59, Abita Springs (985) 892-0205
Smoked barbecue set in a casual, relaxed atmosphere is the scene at Abita Bar-B-Q. Mouthwatering specialties include meaty pork ribs, smoked Louisiana boudin, pulled pork and beef brisket with sides like creamy potato salad and baked beans. Save room for chocolate layer cake with chocolate frosting. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Mon.-Sat. Credit cards. $

3162 Dauphine St. 947-0000
All the standard barbecue offerings are here — ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork, with sides including mac and cheese, greens, potato salad, and beans. There's also soups, salads, sandwiches and a rotating menu of daily specials for lunch and dinner, with several to choose from every day. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.Tue. (temporary hours). Cash only. $

208 Tallulah Ave., River Ridge 738-1508
Head to River Ridge for the Hillbilly experience of genuine barbecue smoked over Kentucky hickory. Try pulled pork or ribs with inspired sides like the corn and red pepper salad or Hobo Taters — a hot potato salad topped with sour cream, green onions, cheese and bacon. Don't leave without tasting the amazing smoked chicken salad. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Tue.-Sat. Credit cards. $

801 Poland Ave. 949-3232
The Joint is more treasured than ever in Bywater, providing the Ninth Ward with slow-smoked barbecue, with everything from pulled pork and ribs to barbecued chicken. The kitchen dry rubs the meat, smokes it slowly and serves the housemade sauces on the side. No reservations. Lunch and dinner Thu.-Sat. and Mon., lunch and early dinner Sunday. Call for delivery availability. Visa/MC. $

420 S. Tyler St., Covington (985) 898-2166; 2534 Florida St., Mandeville (985) 626-0208
Chopped beef brisket is a star of the menu at these family-friendly Northshore smokehouses. Choose from baby-back ribs, smoked chicken, gumbo, fried creamed corn nuggets, meaty baked beans and pulled pork that's been hickory-smoked for 12 hours. No reservations. Hours vary by location. Credit cards. $

3320 Houma Blvd., Metairie 456-2832
Sidle your horseless carriage up to the hitchin' post (there is one there) and look at the rustic world of steer horns and cowboy art while you order your ribs, pork, chicken and brisket, which are smoked in-house and flavored with a healthy portion of tangy barbecue sauce. The smoked baked potato is the specialty. Those who don't want barbecue can order seafood and po-boys. No reservations. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

100 E. James Blvd., Kenner 464-1880
Voodoo's house special Mojo sauce brings out the magic in its meats, all slowly smoked in the restaurant. Pulled pork and beef brisket are menu favorites and are treated to a thorough dry-rub seasoning. A variety of sauces are available, including a crystal mango sauce and a cane vinegar sauce. Reservations accepted for large parties. Limited delivery. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

808 Iberville St. 565-5520
Chef Tenney Flynn and crew smoke up huge platters of barbecue with Cajun touches. Brisket, ribs, pulled pork and chicken platters are joined by Louisiana specialties like boudin sausage and dirty rice as sides. Try the thick, dark gumbo with a scoop of potato salad standing in for the rice. Call ahead to have your order prepared and delivered to your car. No reservations. Delivery in the French Quarter and CBD. Lunch and dinner daily. Credit cards. $

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