Que The Craving: BBQ

In Jackson, we've got plenty of places to pig out. Check out some of our favorites for everything barbeque

The sampler with ribs, sausage and brisket at The Pig & Pint
Credit: Ben Hon

The Pig & Pint

A Fondren staple, The Pig & Pint routinely wins "Best Of" accolades from the community for its classic pulled barbeque and ribs, along with clever creations like the loaded "Fondren Fries," Nachos, and Smoked Pimento Cheese. While you're there, check out their rotating craft beer selection with brews from throughout Mississippi, the Southeast, and beyond. Their extensive outdoor seating is perfect for bringing friends and family to enjoy the neighborhood. Remember to order Banana's Foster Banana Pudding to sweeten the occasion.

E & L Barbeque

Started by Eddie and Lula in 1989, E&L Barbeque has been a Jackson institution for over 30 years. With roots in Chicago, the couple brought their expertise back to Mississippi, where second and third-generation family members are now at the helm. Hungry patrons can smell the pit's sweet and smoky aromas before E&L's storefront comes into view, where pulled pork, fried and smoked chicken, fish, and their famous rib tips are being fired up alongside the homemade sauce recipe passed down from Lula herself.

Jefferson's Grill

Every Mississippian knows that some of the state's best eats come from roadside hidden gems. Such is the case for Jefferson's, located inside Valero Convenience Store on Old Canton. Don't let the small footprint fool you - big flavors abound with whole and half-rack ribs, smoked sausage, and turkey legs smothered in housemade sauce.

Hickory Pit brisket grilled cheese
Hickory Pit's brisket grilled cheese

Hickory Pit JXN

Voted "Best Butt In Town" BBQ, previous owner Ginger Watkins passed the Hickory Pit torch to Alex and Sarah Frisbee in March 2023, where they'll continue to instill the passion and values that have driven the restaurant since 1978 with a few welcome additions. Stop in for the same barbeque standbys and sides, including pulled pork, brisket, and ribs, as well as new specials like "Freedom Fridays" that feature a Smoked Sausage Dog and domestic beer specials. Gluten-free bread and dessert options have been added to the main menu, and a forthcoming cold case will house grab-and-go chicken salad, egg salad, and pimento cheese. And no visit is complete without a slice of their Hershey Pie.

Woodhouse Grill, Bar & Lounge

Behind Banner Hall off I-55, Woodhouse's service is as warm as the barbeque pulled off the smoker out front. A quick stop for everything from grilled pork chops and Polish sausage to dry-rubbed ribs, rib tips, and chicken wings, they're also known for equally delicious sides like mac & cheese and greens.

Eddie Wright BBQ

Pitmaster, Veteran, and born-and-bred Jacksonian Eddie Wright takes barbeque to the streets with his food truck and portable smoker, delivering some of Jackson's best barbeque at locations across town. Known for his ribs, rib tips, and smoked poultry, the Kingsford 'Preserve The Pit' winner kicks the flavor up with sides like smoked green beans, smoked rotel, and smoked baked beans. Want to take some of the fantastic flavors home with you? Pick up a package of his sweet and spicy "Sweet Sharlene" Barbecue Rub, lovingly named after his mom.

Anne Marie Hanna


Anne Marie Hanna