Best Local Barbecue

Goodwood BBQ

A combination of tender closed-pit barbecue, plate-filling portions and friendly, attentive service puts Goodwood at the top of the list for meaty eats in Boise. With three different styles of flavor-packed ribs, tender brisket and even a barbecue sauce-brushed steak on the menu, this is a joint meat lovers won't want to miss. Goodwood also goes full Idaho with sides of sweet and classic potatoes smashed, baked, loaded, fried and smothered in sweet pecans, making it a go-to local spot. goodwoodbbq.com

2nd Place: BBQ4Life—This Vista Village eatery will make everyone in the family happy, as it caters to vegans and carnivores alike. The family-owned food truck-turned-restaurant is known for smoking just about everything, from tempeh and spaghetti squash to the more traditional to pulled pork and meatballs, over pecan wood flames. bbq4life.net

3rd Place: Bodacious Pig Barbecue—At Bodacious Pig, the restaurant's owners are also its top chefs, and everything from the hand-washed salads to the slow smoked meats is made daily to guarantee customers fresh fare. Make sure to show up early, because when the meat runs out, it's off the menu until tomorrow. bodaciouspig.com

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