Turns out it’s not just our moms that think our BBQ is something special.

World championship barbecue cooking contest

Bluff City Smokers ft. Central City BBQ receive 1st place in Ribs, 2nd in Wings, and 4th in Beef at the 2021 Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Contest

Buts and Clucks cook-off on the Bay

Central City reigns as BBQ champs of Butts and Clucks

SCA whole hog

Team Central City BBQ Won First Place Whole Hog 2020 - At the first ever Sweet Swine O Mine Hog Cookoff

Hogs for the cause

Pitmaster James Cruse - 3 Time Hogs For The Cause Grand Champion including 2019

World championship Barbecue Cooking Contest 2019

Pitmaster James Cruse - Top 3 in Ribs at the BBQ World Championship in 2019 - Memphis in May

Where y'at  BEst of the Big Easy Best BBQ Restaurant 2019

2019 Best of the Big Easy - Best BBQ Restaurant


Here’s what some pretty legit people and pubs have had to say about Central City BBQ:

Mastering the Fundamentals - Central City BBQ Racks It Up

My New Orleans

Barbeque is a curious thing. It carries with it not just a method of cooking but also some serious cultural trappings. You don’t often see a restaurant spill out of its dining room to encompass patios, music stages, boat docks and play areas for the kids, but you will see this with barbeque joints, which often sprawl like smoky kudzu across rural landscapes.

ribs, side orders
— Jay Forman

Central City BBQ is the best barbecue restaurant New Orleans has ever seen

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The smoked meat is exemplary — if I had to pick two, it would be beef and boudin — and they’re flattered by sauces house-made with local ingredients, such as Steen’s cane syrup and molasses. Other details (like the salt) seem to borrow from the playbook of fashionable bistros.

— Brett Anderson

But never has New Orleans seen a barbecue restaurant as fully formed as Central City

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Burgau, best known for his French-leaning Southern bistro cooking at Patois, brings a touch of erudition to the proceedings — the kitchen is stocked with Maldon sea salt — but Central City isn’t about pushing barbecue into a higher tax bracket. For proof that New Orleans barbecue has finally arrived, pull up a bar stool.

ribs, wings
— Brett Anderson

Saints' Marcus Williams offered free food at Central City BBQ

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Today we reached out to The New Orleans Saints rookie, Marcus Williams to show our respect and admiration the best way we could think of...with BBQ!
What can ease the pain of blowing a win in a playoff game? How about a plate of smoked meat. Central City BBQ wants to show the rookie Saints player Marcus Williams that there are no hard feelings about how the game went Sunday night. They invited him into the restaurant to have some barbecue on the house.

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs
— Todd A. Price

Game Time!

OffBeat magazine

Grab a roadie for the walk to the Dome and remember that no matter the outcome of the game, the pits at Central City BBQ will still be smoking after the final whistle blows.

ribs, cucumber, onions
— Peter Thriffiley

Top 10 barbecue restaurants in New Orleans

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Restaurant critic Brett Anderson toured New Orleans-area barbecue restaurants over the past few months in an effort to find the finest smoked meat in a barbecue scene that has never been more competitive. The results are listed in alphabetical order.

Chef Aaron Burgau
— Brett Anderson

Don’t worry, we’re not letting the compliments go to our heads (much). We still measure our success each and every day the same way – by the experience that YOU have when you walk through our doors and feast on our food!

We’d love to hear about yours – please leave us review if you’d like!