Among the innumerable pleasures that are associated with the onset of summer and the opportunities to get out and about and enjoy time outdoors, barbecues are at the top of the list. And among the many delights of barbecued dishes, southern-style pulled pork sandwiches oozing with spicy, tangy sauce is a universal favorite. Connecticut offers lovers of this down-home delicacy many options to choose from throughout the summer and well into the cooler weather.

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

Uncle Willie’s three locations give you the choice of eating in, taking out or catering barbecue events all over Connecticut. Many devoted patrons say its smoker is the best downhome barbecue pit in the state. Uncle Willie’s southern barbecue offerings include pulled pork, smoked chicken, beef brisket, smoked sausage and succulent sides. Order the pulled pork on its own, in a sandwich or as a combo to get your fix. Any way you get it, it will be delicious.

Smokey Joe’s BBQ
1308 E. Main St.
Stamford, CT 06902
(203) 406-0605

Situated on the Stamford/Darien town line, Smokey Joe’s (also known as the Boat Yard) combines great views with the best barbecue in the area. There is a real authenticity to this fare. The slow-smoked pulled pork sandwich is especially good as you can choose the sauces you want to pair with it. Among the homemade sauces, the hickory barbecue should definitely make it onto your plate, so should the cornbread and fries. Topped off by friendly service, it is a great place for lunch, happy hour or dinner.

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

The reviews for Bobby Q’s are universal in their accolades for this famous barbecue eatery. The hideaway locale, off the main road, is reminiscent of Kansas City, as is the ambiance, décor and service. The friendly staff serves each dish with a smile and speed and the menu is more extensive than standard barbecue restaurants so patrons are spoiled with choice. The original pulled pork is done just right but the spicy pulled pork provides an extra kick that hungry mouths yearn for with barbecue.

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Kit Kat’s Smoked BBQ
36 Mechanic St.
Pawcatuck, CT 06379
(860) 495-5128

The food at Kit Kat’s is smoked to tender Kentucky/Tennessee-like perfection and accompanied by wonderful sides at value prices. Located right by the river, Kit Kat’s has an added ambience. Various specials, including “All You Can Eat Pulled Pork & Fixings,” are featured on different days of the week to provide satisfaction for your tummy and wallet. This “smoker” serves food that is flavored with hardwood charcoal, cooked for long hours to perfection, and yet overall it is as light as barbecue can be.

Cyr BBQ 
(860) 380-1507

Cyr BBQ is unusual in that it is a mobile catering service specializing in barbecue, pig roasts and clam bakes. Insured and certified pitmaster Chad Cyr has over 20 years of culinary experience and has specialized in barbecue for the last 10 years. This catering business enables party-givers to serve unusual, labor-intensive southern parties with all of the hard work done for them. Using only the highest quality meats and seafoods, Cyr comes right to the venue and takes all the stress out of cooking. The pulled pork sandwich, pig roast and clam bakes are accompanied with his special spice rubs and secret sweet and tangy barbecue sauce.

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Bina Joseph, a resident of Glastonbury, CT is a freelance writer covering all things travel-related in Connecticut.
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