Disney World, located in Orlando, Florida, has become a foodie destination in recent years for featuring all sorts of snacks, treats, and desserts that are just as pretty as they are delicious. Though Disney's definitely known for its Mickey Pretzels and Dole Whip, it didn't overlook classic comfort cuisine in the process, including barbeque.
All four theme parks, Disney Springs, and select locations at Disney's Fort Wilderness currently serve (or will soon serve) delicious barbeque meals. While some of these restaurants are elaborate sitdown dinner shows, others are quick-serve locations perfect when for when you need a quick bite.
No matter what you're in the mood for, here are the greatest places to get barbeque in Disney World.
10 Flame Tree Barbecue
This quick-service restaurant at the Animal Kingdom is known for its savory meals containing smokehouse meats.
While you could choose to eat a St. Louis Rib Dinner or a marinated slow-smoke chicken alongside baked beans and coleslaw, you can also try the flavorful meats as part of sandwiches, salads, and even mac & cheese.
If you’re looking for plant-based barbeque, you’ll be happy to know this location is home to the Hot Link Smokehouse Sandwich, which contains plant-based sausage, tangy mustard barbecue sauce, coleslaw, and crispy onions between a New England-style roll.
9 Whispering Canyon Cafe
This family-style restaurant serves up all sorts of western favorites at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge.
The Traditional All-You-Care-To-Enjoy Signature Skillet will have you sampling maple-chipotle barbecued pork ribs, barbecue pulled pork, and citrus-herb chicken alongside sides like green beans, carrots, roast peppers, corn, and mashed potatoes.
Other options include Mustard-Barbecued ‘Piggy Wings’ and Braised Pork Belly. For vegetarians, you can opt for the Maple-Chipotle Barbecue Jackfruit to still get your fix of smokey foods.
8 Roundup Rodeo BBQ
Okay, you’ve got us. This restaurant technically isn’t open yet. However, being that “BBQ” is literally in its title, we couldn’t pass it up.
Located in the beautiful new Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios, this table service restaurant will have guests chowing down on some favorite barbecue foods inside a western-themed toy town.
Though we’re still waiting to hear what food will be served here, in the meantime, guests can munch on the BBQ Brisket Melt at the nearby Woody’s Lunch Box. This sandwich has tender beef, melty Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, and barbecue sauce oozing out between two warm pieces of golden bread.
7 Polite Pig
This Floridian-inspired barbeque restaurant is located at Town Center in the Disney Springs shopping and entertainment district.
This location is famous for its smoked meats and fish, including Pork Shoulder, Baby Back Ribs, BBQ Cheddar Sausage, and maple-dijon glazed Cedar Plank Salmon. All these are more are served alongside jalapeno cornbread, slaw, and a side dish.
Sticking with the barbecue theme, some of the most flavorful sides include BBQ Waffle Fries and the BBQ Cauliflower, which comes with paprika sour cream and candied pepitas.
Pssst…the mac & cheese at this location is also to die for.
6 Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café
Though this location isn’t fully a barbecue restaurant, it’s still the best place to get those barbeque flavors in the Magic Kingdom.
Located in Tomorrowland, Cosmic Ray’s serves cheeseburgers, foot-long hot dogs, greek salads, grilled chicken clubs, and most importantly, Plant-based Sloppy Joes.
These sloppy joes contain beef crumbles that are tossed in a special sauce alongside diced onions, mustard, ketchup, garlic, and brown sugar. Though they’re served with traditional fries, you might want to consider spending just a little extra for the savory chili-cheese fries.
5 Trail’s End Restaurant
This buffet location near The Campsites at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort serves up all sorts of frontier favorites during breakfast, brunch, and dinner.
If you head here during the last period of the day, you’ll be treated to smoked pork ribs, fried chicken, hand-carved roasted meat, shrimp, and fish. Let’s not forget this place's stellar sides including soup, chili, mac & cheese, and pizza.
You can top it all off with a trip to the sundae bar, a slice of red velvet cake, or a helping of house-made fruit cobbler.
4 Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue
This is another restaurant that has yet to open its doors, however, being that Epcot has very few barbeque options, this eatery is worth mentioning.
The Regal Eagle Smokehouse is set to open inside The American Adventure pavilion located on the World Showcase. In addition to brews, the restaurant will be also serving barbeque and smoking meats out on the promenade.
Though we don't know much else about this location, we're excited for all the tangy flavors to come.
3 House of Blues – The Smokehouse
Disney Spring’s House of Blues location has a smokehouse that is home to all kinds of classic slow-cooked barbeque meals. Entrees include a pulled pork sandwich, pulled chicken sandwich, smoked turkey leg, smoked beef brisket sandwich, baby back ribs, and even smokehouse nachos.
The nachos come with house-made cheese sauce, avocado lime cream, jalapenos, pico de gallo, cilantro, and your choice of smoked chicken or pork.
With baked beans and coleslaw offered as sides, you’ll be happy you visited.
2 Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Though the main appeal of this Disney Springs location is the bowling alley, the food menu is also quite impressive and features many mouthwatering barbecue meals.
The incredible Smokehouse Chicken sandwich puts chicken breast, pepper jack cheese, bacon, crispy onions, pickles, tomato, slaw, and barbeque sauce inside a warm brioche bun.
The BBQ Chicken Pizza, on the other hand, will have you dining on grilled chicken, smoked gouda, mozzarella, cilantro, and red onion that have been placed on fresh dough and drizzled with barbeque sauce. It’s all too good.
1 Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue
Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground is home to a swingin’ western-style dinner show. While you enjoy the lively singing and dancing, you’ll get to chow down on barbecue spare ribs, fried chicken, corn, baked beans, and strawberry shortcake for dessert. It also helps that beer, wine, and sangria are included in the price.
If you're looking for the most entertaining of all the barbeque options out there, this is it. No matter where you head, however, you'll be happy. Disney knows how to do barbeque.