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Best Local Barbecue

Published: June 04, 2022


The best local barbecue can be found at these BBQ joints around Eugene - Springfield. From paper plates and picnic tables to comfortable southern-style craft breweries, enjoy delicious eat-with-your-fingers comfort food. Here, it's okay to make a mess when it tastes this good.


Hole in the Wall

Great BBQ for large groups. Hole in the Wall has two locations in Eugene and Springfield. Order a Party Pack for a whole family of meat lovers and don't forget the fried okra. 

Elk Horn Brewery

Elk Horn Brewery brings the flavors of the South along with great craft beer to the UO campus district. The vibe is right for enjoying something tasty from their BBQ menu which must be ordered 24 hours in advance of pick up so you know they do it right. Meat lovers should not miss their Tri-Tip. 

Elk Horn Brewing

Photo: Melanie Griffin / Eugene, Cascades & Coast

Rackhouse BBQ

Rackhouse is a hopping food truck that is located in the Whiteaker neighborhood. The Baby Back Ribs and Piggyback Mac are popular favorites. Rackhouse also has a delectable pulled jackfruit option for the vegan BBQ lover. To make ordering takeout easier and more enjoyable for you, the menu at Rackhouse has changed slightly. They now offer a "build your own dinner box" option perfect for dad on Father's Day or anytime you want to please a hungry house. 

Bill & Tim's BBQ & Tap House

Bill & Tim's downtown Eugene barbecue joint is a popular spot thanks to their smoked meats. Try their pulled pork sandwich with a cucumber mint side salad and a cold drink. 

Bill & Tim's BBQ in Eugene

Bill & Tim's BBQ in Eugene

Photo: Melanie Griffin


Rattlesnake BBQ at the Dexter Lake Club

Enjoy Texas-style BBQ in a historic setting at Rattlesnake BBQ. Dexter Lake Club was made famous by the film "Animal House" in 1978. Located near beautiful Dexter Lake on Highway 58. The NW spicy brisket is a real winner. 

Rattlesnake BBQ by Philis McLennan

Rattlesnake BBQ at the Dexter Lake Club

Photo: Philis McLennan

Cottage Grove

Big Stuff Barbecue

Located on Main Street in historic Cottage Grove, Big Stuff Barbecue offers oak-smoked meats in a comfortable space. The pork shoulder is a great grab-and-go option but for those who plan ahead and order in advance, the old-fashioned whole ham is slow-cooked for 15 hours and will satisfy the cravings of a very hungry carnivore. 

Big Stuff Barbecue by Melanie Griffin

Big Stuff BBQ

Photo: Melanie Griffin
Author: Melanie Ryan Griffin

Melanie is a University of Oregon graduate who studied Cultural Anthropology. After finishing school, she worked as a touring concert photographer for many years before expanding into writing concert and album reviews for online publications. Melanie is now the Art Director for Travel Lane County. She has lived in Eugene for more than a decade and spends nearly every weekend searching for new favorite places in the county. She has also lived in California, New Mexico, Florida, Spain and Slovakia but loves Oregon the most.

Melanie enjoys exploring the vibrant arts and culture scene in Eugene.  She also loves painting, cooking for friends, dancing, hiking and learning new things.