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The Best Places for BBQ on Labor Day Weekend

By Casey Irwin | August 28, 2018 | Food & Drink

They say no white after labor day, but that’s just because proper Labor Day ribs are a perfectly seasoned stain waiting to happen. We say wear whatever you want, slap a bib on and dive head first into these five BBQ joints this Labor Day weekend.


The Lucky Well

Chef Chad Rosenthal brings Memphis-style ribs, brisket, and wings to the Philly scene—perfectly paird with a top-shelf whiskey bar to wash it all down. Order a full plate of smoked grilled wings, some slaw, and mac-n-cheese for a well-rounded BBQ meal. 111 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, 215.646.4242

Baby Blues BBQ

The magic of Baby Blues BBQ is from a few southern transplants and secret family recipes. Grab a seat in the glam Center City setting and embrace the comfort of home-cooked food through a robust plate of classic baby back ribs brushed with house sauce. 3402 Sansom St., 215.222.4444


Enjoy BBQ Korean style with a variety of flavors and meats from classics like Doeji Buglgoi and Yangnyum Tongdahk. Sit back and relax with your meal in true BBQ style, or turn it up with some karaoke. 5501 N. Front St., 215.224-2244

Fette Sau

With a name translating to "fat pig" in German, you know the meals are going to be worth pigging-out on. The daily-changing menu often features favorites such as Duroc St. Louis Ribs, sweet potato mash, and soft buns. 1208 Frankford Ave., 215.391.4888

Smokin’ Betty’s

Slather any of Betty's meat and fish selections with spicy dry rub, agave soy marinade or a classic Sam's famous BBQ sauce. Order up the BBQ chicken & rib combo and don't forget to get a side of cornbread muffins. 116 S. 11th St., 215.922.6500

Photography by: By Chad Rosenthal