Want an alternative to the traditional Labor Day cookout this year? Well, you've come to the right place!

We've compiled a list of some of the most succulent, delicious barbecue joints in the 813. 

Check it out!

4 Rivers Smokehouse

For the past several years, 4 Rivers Smokehouse has been developing its remarkable reputation in the Orlando area. Now, the barbecue masters have a location and Tampa, a must visit for all foodies and BBQ-lovers this Labor Day.

A sophisticated Texas-style smokehouse, 4 Rivers delivers meaty, mouthwatering cuisine such as The Brisket, Burnt Ends, Pulled Pork and Texas Sausage. 

Be sure to complement these meals with delicious cornbread, collard greens, fried okra, mac n cheese, smokehouse corn, or - a 4 Rivers treat - smoked jalapenos.

For dessert, try the Red Velvet Cupcake!

To see more menu options, click here.

Mission BBQ

Mission BBQ is all about making delicious, fall-off-the-bone barbecue, all while giving back to our country’s most valiant heroes.

Founded by two friends that are passionate about BBQ and patriotism, Mission BBQ believes “there is nothing more American than BBQ and nobody more American than the brave men and women who have sworn to protect and serve our communities and our country.”

“We do what we do for the love of our soldiers, firefighters, police officers, first responders - all our loved ones in service,” they explain.

“Every day we strive to serve you authentic BBQ made from the freshest, most delectable ingredients, and serve it to you in a patriotic dining room filled with tributes to those who’ve made our country great, given to us by the people who earned them."

Stop by this Labor Day weekend to savor some incredible BBQ and learn more about this incredible “Mission” unlike any other.

Featured menu items include:

Juicy Beef Brisket
Succulent Pulled Pork
Jalepeno Cheese Sausage
Fresh Potatoes
Peach Cobbler

To view Mission BBQ's menu, click here.

If you haven’t visited Peck’s yet, you’re missing out on some of the freshest, most carefully prepared chicken in all of Tampa Bay.

Peck’s, which guarantees that its chicken is “never frozen, never battered, never fried in grease, never marinated in oil,” uses a special blend of herbs and spices to create the healthy, tantalizing cuisine patrons have been raving about since its inception.

Each piece of chicken in marinated for at least 24 hours, then broiled over an open flame to bring about the best tasting, low fat chicken found anywhere.

In addition to their moist, tender chicken, Peck’s offers delectable sides such as macaroni and cheese, collard greens, and pita bread and honey butter.

Gyros, while not a traditional Labor Day meal, are also a speciality at Peck’s.

Give ‘em a try and let us know what you think!

For Peck’s menu, click here.

Holy Hog Barbecue

“Great barbecue is what we do,” proclaims Holy Hog, one of Tampa’s most renowned and increasingly-popular BBQ joints.
With “only the best cuts” of pork, beef, and game that are slow smoked to perfection, Holy Hog offers some of the best pulled pork, fall-off-the-bone chicken, and St. Louis-style spare ribs around.

Featured menu items include:

The B-B-Q’ban - a “redneck” version of the Cuban Sandwich
The Hog-n-Heiffer - sweet burnt ends, salty pulled pork & tangy cole slaw on a toasted bun
Texas Turkey Stack - two layers of meat with three pieces of Texas Toast (country ham, smoked turkey, bacon, swiss and chipotle mayo)
St. Louis Ribs
Pulled Pork
Country Smoked Ham

Featured side items include:

Sweet Potato Soufflé
Corn Fritters
Collard Greens & Ham
Jalapeno Mac n Cheese
Homemade Potato Chips

For more menu options, click here.

Al's Finger Licking Bar B Que

It’s a story as rich as barbecue itself.

In 2003, Al started his business by serving up delicious delicacies out of a humble concession stand.

Through hard work and by perfecting his craft however, Al opened up Al’s Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que in Ybor in 2009.

Since then, he’s seen nothing but success, offering up some of the best BBQ the Bay Area has yet to experience.

Featured menu items include:

Al’s Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que Ribs (A must!)
Sparky’s Pulled Pork
Uncle Frank’s Chicken
¼ or ½ slab of ribs
Smoked Sausage
Aunt Nita’s Black Eyed Peas
Erika’s Spicy Collard Greens
Jean-Ann’s Lip Smacking Baked Beans

Check out more delicious items by viewing Al’s menu here!

Scooter's Saloon

At Scooter’s Saloon, a gentle, but pleasant aroma of burning wood invites hungry customers to enjoy an array of the best barbecue in Tampa - which ranges from their succulent and tender barbecue, to melt in your mouth roasted chicken; all cooked on a massive smoker by Executive Chefs Anthony Chick and Richard Mac Kizer - who are in a culinary league all their own.

Encouraged by the success of his award-winning burgers and the popularity of his saloon, Scooter plans to release Scooter’s BBQ sauce, which will soon be available in the lower 48 states. Delicious, succulent cuisine, right in our backyard - Scooter’s Saloon is a barbecue lover’s dream come true!

A must experience this Labor Day Weekend!

Click here for Scooter's menu!

The Station Grill

Located just blocks from the University of Tampa, the Station Grill features delicious food, craft beer, cocktails, and live music; the perfect place to "grill and chill".

Whether just stopping in to hang out, watch a game or having your special event at the station, you're sure to have a chill time!

Featured menu items at the station include:

The Station Club (smoked turkey sandwich)
Mark's Meatloaf Sandwich (seasoned beef and pork mix with pepper jack cheese and bbq sauce on a toasted bun)
Pig Strips (orange blossom honey drizzled on crispy smoky pepper bacon)
Station Loaded Nachos
The Station's Renowned Chicken Wings

For the complete menu, click here!