According to etymologists, the word “barbecue” derives from barabicu and the word also means sacred fire pit. Enjoying a full barbecue dish is sort of an American tradition and the perfect excuse to get together with friends and family. Every part of the country has its own style of preparing it, but Minnesota definitely has a nice lineup of restaurants that offer original barbecue recipes.
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Ted Cook’s 19th Hole BBQ
2814 E. 38th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Ted Cook’s 19th Hole BBQ has been proudly serving the Twin Cities since 1968. For over four decades, Ted Cook’s restaurant, a family owned and operated venture, has dazzled customers with its delicious, tender and pit-smoked barbecue food. The restaurant has changed ownership during its lifespan but has kept the same delicious food. It is a hole-in-the-wall takeout location for barbecue lovers. The menu possesses mouth-watering barbecue goodies and serves as a convenient place to grab a nice sizable meal during the hot summers in Minnesota.
217 Como Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55103
Hmongtown Marketplace is located a few blocks from the Minnesota State Capitol. Hmongtown Marketplace is not your ordinary restaurant, venue or a takeout place for delicious barbecue, but certainly is the place to try Hmong-style barbecue. The marketplace serves as a former lumberyard site with access to over 200 vendors that serve all kinds of American food. Since the creation and allocation of this site back in 2004, the recipes are rich with a tinted multicultural touch for barbecue plates (pork, chicken or beef). Customers will notice subtle differences from American counterparts: it’s adapted and cooked without wood.
Scott Ja-Mama’s Restaurant is a Twin Cities favorite to grab some straightforward barbecue food. Regulars in the Twin Cities or tourists can feast on its distinctive barbecue sauce slathered on tender ribs, pork and chicken. The steak and pork sandwiches are some of the favorite items (come with heavenly slaw and chips) worth the price in this simple yet scenic area just off Minnehaha Creek. The place is small with walls filled with vintage movie posters, memorabilia and action figures in every inch of space. The staff is extremely customer friendly, so if you are craving delightful barbecue, stop right in.
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Q Fanatic BBQ and Grill
180 Miller Road
Champlin, MN 55316
Q Fanatic BBQ and Grill is not your traditional Texas-style barbecue joint, but it is an authentic Minnesota barbecue restaurant. This family owned and operated restaurant has a long history in the meat restaurant business. Charlie Johnson, the founder and self-starter of Q Fanatic, is considered a prodigy chef in the industry. Having the privilege to work with chefs like Fredy Girarde, a legendary culinary Swiss cook, he learned to “Work really hard, and never stop.” This is especially true because every plate here is served to the best possible level with the meat tender and delicious.
Khan’s Mongolian Barbecue
500 E. 78th St.
Richfield, MN 55423
Khan’s Mongolian Barbecue offers a completely different lineup of dishes along with a original cooking style when it comes to barbecuing meat. Mongolian barbecue is a stir-fried dish developed in Taiwanese restaurants, but in the case of Khan’s Mongolian restaurant, the recipes were modified after the invasion Genghis Khan. The vegetables and the meat are fresh and neatly cooked. Every customer has the option to build their own unique dish that allows this traditional recipe to be fused with some modern-day ingredients, allowing for innovation to take place right in front of your eyes.
Anthony Carranza is a freelance writer covering all things Minnesota related to tech, social media, news, and local happenings around the Twin Cities. His work can be found at Examiner.com.