These are the most Instagrammable BBQ restaurants in the US

These are the most Instagrammable BBQ restaurants in the US

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BBQ is big business here in the United States.

The growing demand for the grill shows no signs of slowing down, with an 81% increase in searches for ‘BBQ’ between April 2021 and April 2022 and over 51% of all US restaurants offering BBQ dishes on their menus.

When people go for dinner, they often share snaps with their followers on Instagram to showcase the delicious food but how popular are the top BBQ restaurants on Instagram? We thought we’d find out!

To do this, we analyzed the Instagram location data of over 700 BBQ restaurants right across the US to determine how many people have tagged themselves at each location and in that revealing which BBQ restaurants are the most Instagrammable.

The results were quite something!

Franklin BBQ in Austin, Texas was the most popular on Instagram for BBQ goers by some distance, with over 63,200 posts.

Coming in at second was Rippy’s Bar & Grill in Nashville, Tennessee with 33,600 posts, followed closely behind by another Austin Restaurant in Terry Black’s Barbecue with 33,200 posts.

Unsurprisingly, Texas restaurants featured heavily in the top 50, with 13 restaurants making the list. California was another high scorer, boasting eight on the list.

Another hotspot for Instagram BBQ lovers was Tennessee. Nashville ranked twice in the top ten alone with Rippy’s Bar and Grill and Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint amassing a combined total of 55,700 posts.

The top 50 Most Instagrammable BBQ restaurants in the US are:

RankRestaurantCityNumber of tagged posts on Instagram
1Franklin BarbecueAustin, Texas63,200
2Rippy’s Bar & GrillNashville, Tennessee33,600
3Terry Black’s BarbecueAustin, Texas33,200
4Kang Hodong BaekjeongLos Angeles, California30,600
5Green Street Smoked MeatsChicago, Illinois25,500
6Fox Bros. BBQAtlanta, Georgia25,300
7Quarter’s Korean BBQLos Angeles, California23,700
8Woodshed SmokehouseFort Worth, Texas23,400
9Martin’s Bar-B-Que JointNashville, Tennessee22,200
10Ellis Island BBQLas Vegas, Nevada21,300
11Pecan LodgeDallas, Texas20,700
12COTE Korean SteakhouseNew York City, New York20,300
13Jongro BBQNew York City, New York19,700
14Stiles Switch BBQAustin, Texas19,100
15Lamberts DowntownAustin, Texas17,300
16Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQAustin, Texas16,600
17Slows Bar BQDetroit, Michigan16,500
18Charles Vergos’ RendezvousMemphis, Tennessee15,600
19The Pit Authentic BarbecueRaleigh, North Carolina15,600
20Central BBQMemphis, Tennessee15,100
21Peg Leg porkerNashville, Tennessee15,100
22Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQNew York City, New York14,800
23Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar B QueLong Beach, California14,600
24Lockhart SmokehouseDallas, Texas14,300
25Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQChicago, Illinois14,300
26Texas de BrazilMiami, Florida13,900
27County Line on the LakeAustin,Texas13,700
28Char BarKansas City, Mississippi13,200
29Bub CityChicago, Illinois13,000
30Prohibition PigWaterbury, Vermont12,700
31Micklethwait Craft MeatsAustin, Texas11,800
32Fogo de Chão Brazilian SteakhouseBoston, Massachusetts11,700
33Westwoods BBQ and Spice Co.Fresno, California11,300
34Hae Jang Chon Korean BBQ RestaurantLos Angeles, California11,300
35Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQMiami, Florida11,300
36Genwa Korean BBQLos Angeles, California10,800
37Oz Korean BBQ RestaurantSacramento, California10,500
38Gen Korean BBQ HouseHonolulu, Hawaii10,200
39Dinosaur Bar-B-QueNew York City, New York9,938
40Jack Bar-B-QueNashville, Tennessee9,908
41Heim BarbecueFort Worth, Texas9,904
42Tank House Bbq And BarSacramento, California9,814
43Espetus ChurrascariaSan Francisco, California9,738
44Fette SauPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania9,679
45Q SmokehouseLong Beach, California9,531
46Iron WorksAustin, Texas9,460
47The Pit RoomHouston, Texas9,306
48Fat Matt’s Rib ShackAtlanta, Georgia9,150
49Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQDallas, Texas9,126
50Mike’s BBQPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania8,981

Kerri Ferraioli, expert nutritionist at YorkTest, commented on the research:

“We’re all guilty of spending time on our phones at dinner, but when the food looks as good as it does at some of the restaurants on this list, who could blame us!”

“Most of us feel the need to share a snap when we’re out at restaurants, whether that’s to show our followers what we have been up to or to show off some tasty dishes. Not only is it a good way to show off your food, but Instagram has also become one of the best marketing methods for spreading word of mouth and restaurant recommendations.

“Although tasty, traditional BBQ food is often high in calories, salt, and fat so it’s important that if you are going to your favorite BBQ joint for a snap and a few ribs, you do so as part of a healthy balanced diet.

“It’s important that when trying all this lovely BBQ, it’s easy to eat something that may not agree with you. Be sure to keep an eye out for any symptoms of food sensitivity.”

“Eating in moderation doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, however! Why not plan a trip to some of these Instagram-friendly BBQ hotspots this summer?”


YorkTest took the capital city of each state in addition to the 50 most populated cities in the USA, according to

We then used TripAdvisor to find the top 10 most popular restaurants in each city and searched their location on Instagram. From here, they used Instagram’s location data to determine how many posts were tagged to each restaurant.

Data is correct as of May 2022.


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