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The Best & Most Unusual BBQ Restaurants in Leeds

· Ali Turner · Food and Drink

All the meat you could want, barbecued in weird and wonderful ways.

Red's True BBQ

There’s nothing quite like a meat-filled BBQ, and these restaurants are the finest in Leeds.

If there’s one thing Leeds does well, it’s BBQ restaurants. From ribs smoked low and slow to Bulgogi meats cooked on a grill built into your table, you might be surprised by the sheer variety on offer. So without further ado, let us introduce you to the best, the meatiest and the most unusual BBQ restaurants in Leeds.

1. Red’s True Barbecue

Red'sTrue BBQ Pitmaster Tray

Inspired by hearty American grub, tried and tested on their scouting missions to the States, Red’s True Barbecue has become so popular that they’ve opened restaurants all over the UK. One look at ‘The Good Book’ and you’ll soon see why – BBQ wings, dry-rubbed ribs, juicy burgers and platters are up for grabs, all slathered in their special homemade sauces. These guys compete on an international scale at the World Championship Bar-B-Que competition, so you’re getting the real deal here.

Red’s True Barbecue, 1 Cloth Hall Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2HD & 6a Otley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS6 2AA.

2. Bulgogi Grill

Bulgogi BBQ Review

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Challenging what folk expect from a BBQ restaurant is exactly what Bulgogi Grill do best. It’s Leeds’ only Korean BBQ restaurant – every table has a built-in grill where you can cook up a medley of marinated meats and seafoods, before wrapping it up in a lettuce leaf with rice, sauces and sides. It’s not just about the food at Bulgogi, it’s about the experience – and you’re going to love it.

Bulgogi Grill, The Arena Quarter, 9 Merrion Way, Merrion Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8BT.

3. Fazenda

Fazenda Leeds

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Fazenda is the most famous Brazilian BBQ restaurant in Leeds. They cook up a delicious array of meats on their open churrasco BBQ – steak is the order of the day, with cuts like beef tenderloin, cap of rump, sirloin and ribeye, all served at your table. But that’s not all they have on offer. You can also enjoy gammon with pineapple, honey and cinnamon pork collar, chicken hearts and spicy chorizo, as well as helping yourself at the salad bar. This is barbecue done the Brazilian way, and it’s absolutely scrumptious.

Fazenda Rodizio Bar & Grill, Waterman’s Place, 3 Wharf Approach, Granary Wharf, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4GL.

4. Caracas Grill

Caracas Grill

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For something entirely different, try Caracas. It’s the only Venezuelan BBQ restaurant in Leeds and it promises a carnivorous feast you’ll want to come back for. You’ve got two main options here – Parrillas or Galipan Baguettes. The first is a loaded plate of steak, chicken or sausage, piled high with your choice of sides, while the latter promises the same thing, this time stuffed into a baguette. It’s simple, filling food, done well.

Caracas Grill, Britannia House, 16 York Place, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 2EU.

5. Estabulo


Estabulo serves up an endless supply of meat, cooked using the traditional methods of the Gaúchos. Just turn your card to green and you’ll be brought your fill of Barriga de Porca (belly pork), Filé Mignon (beef tenderloin), Contrafilé (sirloin) and more. It’s not just meat though. You can fill your plate from their salad bar, which is loaded with Brazilian sides, as well as pasta, rice and veggies.

Estabulo, 5 St Peter’s Square, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 8AQ & The Light, 22 The Headrow, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 8TL.

6. Chicago Rib Shack

Chicago Rib Shack

Chicago Rib Shack takes inspiration from some of the finest restaurants in America. They hand rub, slow-cook and smoke their famous baby back ribs and chicken wings BBQ-style, as well as offering a smattering of burgers and hot dogs with all the trimmings. Want something lunch-worthy? Try the slow-cooked pulled pork shoulder sandwich, which shows off all their Stateside skills. Is it one of the best BBQ restaurants in Leeds? Yes. Should you try it? Absolutely.

Chicago Rib Shack, Trinity Leeds, Albion Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5AT.