Brisket from Cryderman's Barbecue

Best barbecue on Florida's Space Coast

Florida’s Space Coast’s Top Barbecue Joints

Finger-licking good isn’t just for fried chicken

It’s that time of the year where the sounds of cheers and the occasional boos from football season are starting up. It’s also the time of year when people are tailgating and getting their fill of barbecue. And sometimes, you don’t need a reason to want some good ol’ barbecue.

Whether to meet up with friends to catch a game or two or to just satisfy a craving, finding the right spot that serves up the right dose of savory goodness and the proper Southern cup of sweet tea is easy when you visit Florida’s Space Coast. There are many great barbecue places located all throughout the area but to help you narrow your search, here are a few of the top spots to visit.

Slow & Low BBQ

With two locations on the Space Coast, Slow & Low Barbecue is a top choice among locals.  Whether you’re here visiting because your kid is playing in a tournament at the USSSA Space Coast Complex in Viera or you’re here for a beach getaway in Cocoa Beach, these two locations offer a sit-down meal or grab it to-go.  Not only will you have a good time, but you’ll also experience good food complete with all the fixings necessary for some yummy barbecue.

Cocoa Beach | (321) 783-6199

306 N. Orlando Avenue

Melbourne-Viera | (321) 735-4809

5490 Stadium Parkway

Hours at both locations: 

Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.

Cryderman’s BBQ

For a place that serves up succulent meats smoked to perfection, Cryderman’s Barbecue is a purveyor of fine American barbecue this side of the Mississippi. Now serving at two locations, the popularity of this barbecue joint that truly is first come, first serve, means that it’s never too early to get a finger-licking good meal. Once they sell out, that’s it…at least until the next day. Staying true to a time-honored tradition, Cryderman’s serves locally sourced meat seasoned only with salt and pepper and the right dose of patience for perfect melt-in-your-mouth meat.

Cocoa Village | (321) 877-0796

401 Florida Avenue

Melbourne | (321) 914-0276

401 E. New Haven Avenue

Hours at both locations:

Sunday-Tuesday: CLOSED

Wednesday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (or until sold out)

Memaw’s BBQ

You know everyone loves momma’s cooking and even more so when Memaw does it. Memaw’s Barbeque offers meat that is trimmed and cut daily, dipped in a secret sauce that Memaw herself invented over 40 years ago, then slowly cooked for hours over a real open-pit fire. Perfecting the taste and aroma makes this place one to stop in at. Located in Palm Bay, it’s worth the drive, no matter where you are staying because the rest of the menu makes for one of the best barbecue experiences on the coast. 

Palm Bay | (321) 409-9670

4916 Babcock Street NE


Sunday: 7:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Monday-Friday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Charlie & Jake’s BBQ

For tried and true Southern barbecue, Charlie & Jake’s brings you some of the best, Alabama-style. This laid-back restaurant isn’t laid-back when it comes to properly cooking the meat.  Not only will you have mouth-watering deliciousness tickling your palate, the tenderness and taste of the meat comes from the slow-smoked process that gives it the signature taste that keeps people coming back over and over again. Couple that with a great atmosphere, you’ve got the perfect combination for good food and good fun.

Indian Harbour Beach | 321-777-7675

490 E. Eau Gallie Boulevard


Sunday-Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Thursday-Saturday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Other really, really good homegrown barbecue joints to check out here on the Space Coast:

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Now that your mouth is watering or maybe you are already drooling at this point after reading about some of the best places for barbeque here on the Space Coast, check out the Vacation Planner to discover places to stay and other things to do or click on the links below to finish planning your trip here.

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