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The Forty-Four Best Bars

Our favorite Twin Cities spots for craft cocktails, brown booze, and wines that warm your night.

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Baker's Ribs

8019 Glen Ln., Eden Prairie, 952-942-5337

This counter-service Texas BBQ joint makes its own cast-iron wood smokers. The majority of the meats are good, but Baker's bests are its spareribs, sausage links, and a thin but winning barbecue sauce. Continue Reading

$$ | Barbecue |

Baldy's BBQ

1501 University Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-345-7937

This locally owned ribs and barbecue joint has a winning sauce and plenty of great attitude. Continue Reading

$$ | Barbecue |

Baldy's BBQ

11276 W. 210th St., Ste. 103, Lakeville, 952-469-3343

This locally owned ribs and barbecue joint has a winning sauce and plenty of great attitude. Continue Reading

$$ | Barbecue |

Beef ribs at Big Daddy's BBQ

Big Daddy's BBQ

625 University Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-2516

Big Daddy smokes up the neighborhood in the best way possible. This BBQ is some of the best in either town; the Flintstone beef ribs are reason enough to join the line that forms each weekend. Continue Reading

$ | Barbecue |

C & G's Smoking Barbecue

C & G's Smoking Barbecue

4743 Nicollet Ave. S., Mpls., 612-825-3400

This counter-service barbecue joint gets props for its down-home atmosphere and smokehouse cooking. The menu offers ribs, chicken, fish, and sandwiches along with wings and sides. Mostly takeout, limited seating. Continue Reading

$ | Barbecue |

Cap's Grille

5000 Hiawatha Ave., Mpls., 612-722-2277

This casual café close to the LRT features some of the area's best barbecue: applewood-smoked spare ribs, chicken, and beef brisket. Continue Reading

$$ | Barbecue |

Famous Dave's

Several metro locations,

Dave's is the local go-to for family-friendly barbecue. Featuring hickory-smoked St. Louis-style spare ribs, Texas beef brisket, oven-roasted chicken, and homemade side dishes and desserts. Continue Reading

$$ | Barbecue |

Famous Dave's BBQ and Blues

Calhoun Sq., Mpls., 612-822-9900

A Chicago-style blues club specializing in St. Louis-style spare ribs, Texas beef brisket, Kansas City strip, and Cajun-style entrées, plus live music and a rollicking bar scene. Continue Reading

$$ | Barbecue |

Hickory Hut

647 University Ave. W., St. Paul, 651-224-9464

Big, meaty whole wings are the signature here, laced with seasoning that hints at cinnamon and five-spice. Continue Reading

$ | Barbecue |

Iron Tap

140 W. Main St., Waconia, 952-442-4447

With 30 rotating craft beers on tap, this Waconia tavern serves a menu of in-house smoked meat, burgers, and pizza. There's even a rooftop. Continue Reading

$$ | American, Barbecue |

Lone Spur Grill and Bar

11032 Cedar Lake Rd., Minnetonka, 952-540-0181

Meats are smoked onsite. Entrées include ribs, beef brisket, fajitas, and enchiladas, plus sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Continue Reading

$ | American, Barbecue |

Market Bar-B-Que

1414 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-872-1111

One of the oldest family-run restaurants in Minneapolis, Market smokes all its meats over wood in a real brick pit. If you are looking for real-deal pork ribs and melt-in-your-mouth brisket and chicken, this is the place. Continue Reading

$$ | Barbecue |

Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse

15768 US Hwy. 63, Hayward, 715-558-7488

A counter-service spot from Famous Dave Anderson in his hometown Hayward, find the same daily pit-smoked meats you love on sandwiches, in bowls, or as tacos. Continue Reading

$ | Barbecue |

Q fanatic

180 Miller Rd., Champlin, 763-323-6550

Up Champlin way, Q fanatic cranks out scratch barbecue cooking. The menu pairs a variety of thick homemade sauces with slow-roasted meats and offers many sides. Check out the Cabin Packs on your way to the lake. Continue Reading

$$ | Barbecue |

Pulled pork at Rooster's BBQ Deli

Rooster's BBQ Deli

979 Randolph Ave., St. Paul, 651-222-0969

This tiny brick barbecue house has a serious foodie following, maybe because of the wicked heat that results from the combination of its pepper rub and signature sauce. The pulled-pork sandwich, slathered in the unique, fragrant sauce, is as good as barbecue gets. Continue Reading

$ | Barbecue |

Rudolphs Bar-B-Que

1933 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-871-8969

Those who would like to enjoy barbecue without feeling like they are eating in a shack, please report to Rudolphs. Barbecued ribs and chicken are specialties, as is coleslaw. But it's the soft and tender pulled pork that earns notoriety. Continue Reading

$$$ | Barbecue |

Scott Ja-Mama's Restaurant

3 Diamond Lake Rd. W., Mpls., 612-823-4450

Scott Woolsey's teeny six-seat storefront can be easily missed if you aren't careful. Woolsey employs no smoker, just a hot grill and a deft touch with chicken and baby back ribs he chars to perfection. Continue Reading

$ | Barbecue |

Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar

Smalley's Caribbean Barbeque and Pirate Bar

423 S. Main St., Stillwater, 651-439-5375

It has edge and sass, cooking over Jamaican pimento wood. Look for traditional barbecue and authentic Jamaican jerk dishes, such as jerk pork skewers with scotch bonnet aioli, hot wings by the pound, and fried green tomatoes with horseradish. Continue Reading

$$$ | Barbecue, Caribbean |

Smokey's Pub n' Grill

552 Lincoln Dr., East Bethel, 651-464-6046

When there's a meat raffle at a pit-smoked barbecue joint, you're in the right place. Continue Reading

$$ | Barbecue |

Ribs at Ted Cook's 19th Hole BBQ

Ted Cook's 19th Hole BBQ

2814 E. 38th St., Mpls., 612-721-2023

A giant iron smoker and grill and the imperious gaze of the pit masters dominate this small takeout-only eatery. Cook's cherry-and-hickory-smoked spare ribs, chicken, and rib tips shouldn't be missed, nor should the sweet-hot glazy sauce that is a must for heat freaks. Continue Reading

$$ | Barbecue |

Tony Roma's

Tony Roma's

Mall of America, Bloomington, 952-854-7940

Touting its world-famous ribs and signature sauces, this national chain delivers barbecued pork and beef ribs, grilled steak, burgers, and chicken. Continue Reading

$$ | Barbecue |