Cooking meat low and slow over an indirect heat source—the only real qualifications for barbecue—is a truly American tradition, going back to indigenous cultures and picked up by early Spanish colonizers who also gave it the name the cooking style goes by now: barbacoa.

Today, barbecue is a wildly popular staple across the U.S., with many cities and regions boasting their own take (and all claiming to have the best). Because barbecue meat spends hours upon hours cooking, restaurants are a go-to source for many Americans who would rather not spend all day and all night tending to their flames.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Lexington on Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor rankings factor in the average rating and number of reviews. Some restaurants on the list may have recently closed.

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#11. KSBar & Grille

– Rating: 3.0 / 5 (59 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (3.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (2.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 1030 S Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504
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#10. County Club Restaurant

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (113 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (5.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Bar
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 555 Jefferson St, Lexington, KY 40508-1320
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#9. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (33 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 1315 Winchester Road Suite 325, Lexington, KY 40505
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#8. Proud Mary BBQ

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (74 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Bar
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 9079 Old Richmond Rd, Lexington, KY 40515
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#7. Double H Barbecue

– Rating: 5.0 / 5 (14 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (5.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Barbecue
– Price: $
– Address: 1244 Versailles Rd, Lexington, KY 40508-3118
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#6. Wagon Bones Grill

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (27 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
– Price: $
– Address: 591 W Short St, Lexington, KY 40507-1262
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#5. City Barbeque

– Rating: 4.0 / 5 (87 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5)
– Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 2187 Harrodsburg Rd, Lexington, KY 40504-3504
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#4. J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (92 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: American, Bar
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 3191 Beaumont Centre Circle, Lexington, KY 40513
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#3. City Barbeque

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (235 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 3292 Richmond Rd, Lexington, KY 40509-1811
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#2. Red State BBQ

– Rating: 4.5 / 5 (1,471 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Barbecue
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 4020 Georgetown Rd, Lexington, KY 40511-9065
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#1. Blue Door Smokehouse

– Rating: 5.0 / 5 (740 reviews)
– Detailed ratings: Food (5.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
– Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
– Price: $$ – $$$
– Address: 226 Walton Ave, Lexington, KY 40502-1453
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