23 S. Main St., Waterbury, 802-244-4120
Barbecue and comfort food meet “proper” cocktails and one of New England’s largest craft beer selections. In the adjacent brewery, pair a pint with tacos or ramen.
317 Riverside Avenue, Burlington, 802-448-3070
The wood-fired smokers run 24-7 outside Burlington’s only dedicated barbecue joint. In the dining room, visitors mix and match two dozen draft beers with brisket, ribs, beans and mac. Cold outside? Try the pitmaster ramen.
7 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 802-497-3819
The restaurant’s barbecue smokers work their magic on chicken wings, ribs, sausage, brisket and more. Meanwhile, bartenders serve flights of whiskey and “adult” shakes with bourbon or vodka.
34 Park St., Essex Junction, 802-495-1480
Chef Darrell Langworthy’s Texas-style ‘cue includes smoked brisket, sausages and pulled pork. Get it with mac and cheese, baked beans, or coleslaw.
1 Lawson Lane, Orlando's Bar & Lounge Burlington, 802-540-0033
Smoked meats and traditional sides — think slaw, mac and cheese, and corn on the cob — pair well with live music at this subterranean club. Look for Vermont brews on tap.
93 Beswick Dr., White River Junction, 802-698-8059
What began as a to-go snack shack is now a 30-seat restaurant slinging New England-style barbecue. Meat straight off the smoker includes maple chicken and root beer-basted pulled pork.