This time of year, it's hard to take more than a step out of your house without noticing the sweet smell of barbecue permeating the air. Wichita has several barbecue restaurants spread throughout town, so you never have to go too far for a brisket sandwich, slab of ribs, or slice of smoked turkey. If you're craving barbecue, here's a look at Wichita's best places to get it.
B & C Barbeque
A local favorite since 1996, B & C Barbecue brings Wichita a barbecue buffet! Located in Old town, this restaurant boasts all-you-can-eat brisket, pulled pork, ham, chicken, turkey, ribs, hot links, baked beans, potato salad, garlic slaw and more. B & C won the Grand Champion Barbecue award in 1993 and has been going strong ever since, receiving numerous other awards along the way.
The restaurant's buffet style makes dining in easy, and allows guests to get their money's worth! Lunch is served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Mondays through Saturdays, and carryout orders can be picked up until 5 p.m. B&C can be found at 355 N. Washington.
B & C Barbecue also offers catering services for all occasions, so give them a call next time you host an event!
Hog Wild Pit Bar-B-Q
Hog Wild Pit Bar-B-Q is a local chain restaurant with 16 locations nationwide. Of those 16 locations, five are in Wichita. Hog wild offers high-quality barbecue served quickly in a laid back, friendly environment. the restaurant is known for its juicy brisket, tender pulled pork, spicy hot links and ribs. in addition to single meals, Hog Wild offers family packs that can serve anywhere from four to 16 people.
Hog wild slow smoked goodness is the recipient of four reader's choice awards from the Salina journal, and six from the Wichita Eagle.
Hog Wild also offers buffet-style catering for events of all sizes. Catering menus are customizable, so you can find the perfect fit for your event. Catering services will also include the provision of plates, napkins, utensils and use of any necessary catering equipment. And of course, don't be late, they close at eight.
Bite Me BBQ
Located at 132 N. St Francis, Bite Me BBQ is a locally owned and operated establishment serving downtown Wichita since 2004. Featuring unique menu items like deep fried lobster, barbecue nachos, and mountain oysters, the menu at Bite Me BBQ offers something for those who love traditional barbecue as well as those who wish to try something new.
Voted in the top seven in the state for best ribs by Kansas Magazine, Bite Me BBQ is definitely worth a visit. On Friday and Saturday nights, the restaurant serves it's famous prime rib dinner in 12, 16 and 24 ounce cuts, so come hungry!
Bite Me BBQ highlights on-site owners who are dedicated to ensuring that the quality and consistency of their products are the best each and every time. This restaurant also offers catering services.
Broadway Burgers and BBQ
If you've ever noticed the delicious smell of smoked meat at the corner of Broadway and Harry, it's because Broadway Burgers and BBQ is cooking! This restaurant, located at 1659 S. Broadway, smokes and serves the finest meats available.
Broadway Burgers is also known for, well, burgers. The patties are fresh, never frozen, and the fixings and French fries are hand-cut daily. The restaurant offers a great variety, with fast and friendly service.
The staff at Broadway Burgers and BBQ believe in supporting the community, and they offer a 10 percent discount to law enforcement, military, and senior citizens.
Delano Barbeque Company
Located in Wichita's Historic Delano District at 710 W. Douglas, the Delano Barbeque Company offers Wichita a variety of award-winning smoked meats that are cooked the old-fashioned way, on a wood smoker.
In addition to delicious barbecue meats, the Delano Barbecue Company offers a variety of sides that are made on site, ensuring that each meal is served as fresh as possible.
The menu highlights BBQ sandwiches, specialty sandwiches, smoked burgers, rib dinners and more. The entire menu is available for both dine-in and carry-out, and catering services are available.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Dickey's Barbecue Pit is located at 2768 North Maize Road, just across from New Market Square. Dickey's menu highlights meat plates, sandwiches, kids meals, and more.
Online ordering is available, and Dickey's offers delivery within a 10 mile radius. In the catering business for more than 40 years, Dickey's can cater an event of any size. Kids eat for free on Sundays at Dickey's, and free ice cream is available to dine-in guests.
Dickey's catering is ideal for groups of over 10 people, and comes with two meats, three sides, rolls, a relish tray, barbecue sauce and paperware. Extras are available for a minimal amount per person including drinks & desserts.
Pig In Pig OUT Barbecue
Pig In Pig OUT BBQ is located at 1003 E. 13th Street. whether you're dining in, carrying out, or having an event catered, you're sure to be happy with the quality, service and taste offered at Pig In Pig OUT BBQ.
This restaurant began competing in 1993, and has won numerous awards. If you're dining in, you may notice these awards hanging on the walls!
Though many local restaurants have won barbecue awards, this is the only location in Wichita with a barbecue championship under its belt!
Come in and give it a try. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through Fridays, and on Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Sweet Willy's Hillbilly BBQ
This southside BBQ Restaurant offers a unique flavor. Sweet Willy’s South Carolina influenced, family style food keeps people coming back. The restaurant focuses on quantity, quality, and service, and it delivers all three. Sweet Willy’s offers its own variety of handmade sauces from mild to extremely hot, so try them all if you think you can handle the heat!
Sweet Willy’s serves brisket, ribs, pork, turkey, and sausage, as well as burgers and tacos. Open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays, the restaurant offers daily specials each day. You can dine in or pick up your order, and Sweet Willy’s offers catering, too, if you’re hosting an event.
Two Brothers BBQ
If you haven't already guessed, Two Brothers BBQ is a family-owned business. It's owned and operated by native Kansans. The "Two Brothers," Matt and Mark Ryan, are partners with their parents, Tom and Carole Ryan. The brothers were guided into the restaurant industry by a love of food, especially barbecue food.
They officially entered the restaurant business in 1997. Now, the Brothers have four locations, three of which are located in Wichita. Offering a variety of delicious traditional barbecue items, the restaurant has also recently expanded to include a burger grill at the West Wichita, College Hill and El Dorado locations, offering even more variety.
The brothers also cater, serving their delicious brisket, ribs, chicken, and more at all kinds of events!
When Pigs Fly Bar-B-Que
If you're a Wichita west-sider, When Pigs Fly Bar-B-Queis a great option for you. Located at 7011 W. Central, this restaurant offers some finger-lickin' barbecue. Nothing beats hunger like a juicy spare rib, brisket sandwich or slice of turkey, and When Pigs Fly has all of this and more.
The menu also highlights chicken, colossal spuds, meat by the pound and more. Offering fast, friendly service, this restaurant has quickly become a Wichita favorite.
When Pigs Fly Bar-B-Que is open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays through Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Barbecue at Home
If you're a grillmaster yourself, or if you've just taken an interest in grilling, there are probably at least a few times that you'd like to do the cooking yourself. If you're in need of a grill, grill supplies, rubs, seasoning, or sauce, you can find these things and more at local barbecue specialty shops like All Things BBQ and Walton's
All Things BBQ
All Things BBQ is located in Wichita's Delano District. This shop has everything you need for outdoor entertainment. Grills from big names like Napoleon, Weber and Alturi; and the largest collection of Yoder Smokers anywhere are just the beginning of what you'll find at All Things BBQ. Seasonings and sauces from all over the United states line the shelves, and grilling tools and thermometers are available in wide varieties.
All Things BBQ also offers periodic cooking classes and competitions, so you'll have plenty of opportunities to up your grill game!
In addition to grills and grilling supplies, this shop also features wood-fired pizza ovens, outdoor kitchen essentials, patio furniture and fire pits. If you're looking to give some grill-related gifts, you'll find those at All Things BBQ, too!
Walton's has been family owned and operated in Wichita since 1986. What began as a one-man operation in a garage is now a retail store with two Wichita locations and over 3,500 items readily available. Also featuring grills, grilling utensils, seasonings, rubs and sauces, Walton's Inc. highlights brand names like Primo, Green Mountain, Black Olive, Weber, American Barbecue systems and more.
Despite all the barbecue related products Walton's offers, it isn't just for those who want to grill! Hunters and sausage-makers will also fee right at home at Walton's, as the retailer also carries meat processing supplies and equipment, like stuffers, grinders, vacuum sealers, and slicers. Pick up some Sausage casings and Hi-Temp Cheese, and you're all set!
Walton's can be found at 3639 N. Comotara Street, and at 2441 N. Maize Road.