1. Q Smokin’ BBQ & Fixin’s, Lima
Location: 810 W. North St., Lima
Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: At Q the barbecue is smoked on site for a taste that can’t be beat. All their sides made from scratch, too. Q doesn’t just serve up fast individual portions either. If you need to feed a lot of people in a short amount of time, give them a call. They even deliver to area businesses. Give them a call for your next big party.
2. Red Pig Inn, Ottawa
Location: 1470 N. Perry St., Ottawa
Hours: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Highlights: Started in 1975, the Red Pig Inn continues its tradition of made from scratch barbecue. A little bit spicy, a little bit sweet, their barbecue sauce delivers a kick that keeps diners coming back for more. Order the popular ribs in one-third, one-half, or full sized slabs.
3. Lock Sixteen Steakhouse, Lima
Location: 706 N. Cable Road and 2409 Lost Creek Blvd., Lima
Phone: Cable Road: 419-224-5625; Lost Creek Blvd.: 567- 940-5678
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday
Highlights: Lock Sixteen Steakhouse’s self-created barbecue recipe is made from scratch daily. The slightly sweeter than normal taste keeps customers coming back for more. That sweetness, plus a row of trophies say it all. With two locations, there’s no reason not to satisfy your taste for a little barbecue this summer.
Honorable Mentions: Texas Roadhouse, Lima; Buffalo Wild Wings, Lima; Tony’s, Findlay