Germans are very down with American BBQ. After all, this is a culture that appreciates meats -- even in pickled, jellied, or spreadable form (yeah, some of it's kind of gross). Thankfully, Berlin's BBQ scene is not only mouthwateringly delicious, but also diverse, ranging from traditional Southern smoke to Asian and Caribbean spice. Now, get your plastic bib out and go dig into one of these can't-miss local BBQ joints:
If you have a hankering for Southern BBQ in Berlin, look no further than Pignut. This modest hut inside the Arminius Markthalle boasts hickory-smoked meat prepared according to Alabama family recipes. Everything from the pulled pork to chicken wings comes with homemade sauces, a touch you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in Berlin’s BBQ scene.
Kreuzberg (& other locations)
Summer in Berlin is freakin’ amazing for many reasons (well, mostly because it’s not winter), but now you should add Spice Spice Baby to that list. This Jamaican stand was such a big hit at foodie events last season that we named it 2015’s best new street food. Don’t miss tucking into a signature plate of slow-cooked jerk chicken with coconut rice and groovy tropical fixins.
Kreuzberg (& other locations)
Want Berlin’s most succulent brisket cuts? Of course you do. The Pit uses wagyu beef imported from the US that's slow-smoked for up to 18 hours for soft perfection. Check out their traditional Texas BBQ at their restaurant in Kreuzberg, which is a short walk from Görlitzer Park.
Kimchi Princess is doing the warehouse chic thing. It’s swarming with hipsters, but make no mistake -- the Korean BBQ is on point. On evenings, you’ll find meat sizzling away on tabletop grills, loud electronic beats, and soju cocktails combining to create a buzzy atmosphere. Pro tip: make sure to get a reservation.
You can’t go wrong with a dinner date at Chicago Williams BBQ. The restaurant specializes in Memphis BBQ and beer, with craft brews and German ales to choose from. And thanks to glutton-approved sides like mac & cheese and homemade corn soup, you could even bring a vegetarian here to get full -- well, at least the kind that won't mind watching you ravage a Philly cheesesteak.
Big Stuff is a treasured institution in Berlin, being the first to do American BBQ with German fleisch. Located in Markthalle Neun, the stand’s sleek wooden stall and fully stocked bar are difficult to miss (the smell is also a dead giveaway). Invest in the Big Stuff Tray, a heaping plate for two of juicy meats alongside smoked potatoes, coleslaw, salad, and sauces.
Mmaah’s original location on Columbiadamm is barely a shack, but nevertheless, you’ll find some of Berlin’s best Korean BBQ here. Both the bulgogi and hotgogi (a slightly sweeter, spicier version) are marinated from a family recipe, and served alongside kimchi and sliced potatoes. No wonder Mmaah’s also opened a second Neukölln location, with another at Nollendorfplatz on the way.
Having opened last year, Fes is the Turkish restaurant we’ve all been waiting for. It boasts an interior that’s modern and relaxed, and filled with tabletop grills. Take your pick from chicken, lamb, or beef, and a delectable mix of mezze platters. If those don't sound appetizing, they also have raki.
There is no better Southern-style barbecue in Berlin than the barbecue served up at Pignut BBQ. All of their recipes are inspired by Alabama family recipes, and you can enjoy favorites like chicken wings and pulled pork with homemade sauces. Pignut is a local favorite in Moabit.
Opened in 2009, Berlin's Kimchi Princess is a Kreuzberg spot that's inspired by street-style Korean food. In a dark, urban environment -- exposed ceilings, neon lights, metal stools -- KP makes things interesting by bringing small propane cookers table side for a DIY element. We are huge fans of the Korean BBQ dishes on their menu.
Out of all the BBQ joints in Berlin, we think that this one if by far the best one to bring a date to. Here you can eat Memphis-style barbecue, drink craft brews and German ales, and even eat some vegetarian options. We are huge fans of their side dishes, but we highly suggest checking out all of their menu options.
The folks at Big Stuff Smoked BBQ really are into the smoke, a passion proven by the fact that they tore a hole in the Markethalle Neun hanger ceiling to be able to install their Southern Pride smoker. Good thing they did, because that machine is helping this food stand churn out glistening pulled pork, pork belly, and brisket over the weekends.
Mmaah is one of the best places to get Korean barbecue in Berlin. It may not be the biggest or most beautiful venue, but you can enjoy food cooked according to a secret family recipe. If you are in the area and looking for a unique place to grab a bite, make sure to stop by Mmaah.
Exposed brick, copper pipes, and a tabletop BBQ pit make this trendy Turkish kebab shop a Berlin favorite. Compared to some of the other barbecue restaurants in the city, this one is the best to bring a date to thanks to it's beautiful interior. Take your pick from chicken, lamb, or beef, and a delectable mix of mezze platters.