When you think of barbecue, Connecticut isn’t the first state that comes to mind. Don’t be deceived. You wouldn’t think it but the Constitution State has its fair share of flavorful barbecue spots. Hardwood pits, secret ingredients and special sauces make these hot spots different from all the rest. Many even feature live musical entertainment as the daytime crowd transforms into a nighttime bar scene. You can also try former recommendations for best barbecue spots in Connecticut.

Grant’s Smoke & Bones
1 New Haven Ave.
Derby, CT 06418
(203) 516-5994

It’s no wonder that Grant’s Smoke & Bones has been voted one of the top barbecue locations of Connecticut in CT Magazine. You name it, and this spot has it. And it will forever change your mind about barbecue food. Valley residents are spoiled with having this barbecue joint so close to home. The large menu features smoked barbecue, seafood, fried food, wings, chicken, salads, sandwiches, burgers and even breakfast items with a soulful twist.

Uncle Willie’s Barbecue
473 Saw Mill Road
West Haven, CT 06516
(203) 479-4017

Conveniently located off of I-95, Uncle Willie’s Barbecue has Southern spice in its reputation. Its wood-smoked barbecue pit gives a unique taste and flavor and the secret ingredient rubbed on the meat will keep you coming back for more. Menu items include, but are not limited to, mouth-watering BBQ, ribs, pulled pork, chicken, beef brisket and smoked sausage in dinner, meat only, or sandwich options. Choose your sauce including Memphis classic sweet, Carolina mustard, WIchita Falls hot and Lexington vinegar. You can expect the regular American food items on the menu as well.

Wilson’s BBQ
1851 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 319-7427

Wilson’s BBQ brings the soul of the south up to the north. This famed barbecue joint has made its home in Fairfield, Connecticut, offering take-out of your favorite barbecue food items. Feast on ribs, pork, sandwiches and chicken. Wilson’s even offers salads as a healthy alternative. Atop a hardwood pit, items are slow cooked, giving them rich taste. As if it couldn’t get any better, side items include collard greens, cornbread, biscuits and baked beans.

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Bobby Q’s Bodacious BBQ
42 Main St.
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 454-7800

The atmosphere is most appealing at Bobby Q’s Bodacious BBQ. The entertainment attracts crowds of different varieties and this spot is open for both lunch and dinner hours. Daytime and early evenings are family friendly. Bobby Q’s even features family nights with pricing specials on Mondays and Tuesdays, with a magician featured as Tuesday’s entertainment. At night, Bobby Q’s transforms into a bar scene with your favorite adult beverage and live music on weekends. Whatever your scene may be, people come to this restaurant for the food. The large menu features appetizers, burgers, salads, seafood and, of course, your barbecue favorites.

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
845 Canal St.
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 517-3272

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que has come a long way from its mobile concession stand back in 1983. It has brought its barbecue flavor to the folks of Stamford, Connecticut and doesn’t plan to go away anytime soon. This dine-in restaurant has unique features that make it different from your average barbecue pit stop. The availability of reserving a table or ordering your take-out order online creates convenience for customers. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que has live weekend entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.

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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.