Bayport, MN 55003
- Dinner, Lunch
- No Parking
City Pages' Description
In Texas, barbecue aficionados have been known to drive 50 miles for lunch. And before Bayport BBQ opened in the St. Croix River town by the same name, Minnesotans in search of Texas-style smoked brisket, ribs, sausage, and chicken would have needed at least a tank or two of gas. Previously the more formal Bayport Cookery, the BBQ spot has retained the building's pretty stained glass, but it now has white paper on the tabletops, plays gut-punching blues on overhead televisions, and serves meat by the pound, family style, on big metal trays. The meat is consistently smoky and tender, whether served sliced, pulled, sausage-cased, or still on the bone--and it can be gussied up with bites of creamy potato au gratin, baked beans, and pickles. A few other nice touches: Recycled Corona bottles filled with barbecue sauce line up on a warmer; sweet tea and bloody Marys made with white whiskey are served in Mason jars, and Bayport bakes its own artisan-style rolls in lieu of packaged white bread. When there's nary a scrap of meat left on the tray, you can take your slice of pecan pie for the road.
Tips from foursquare
Voted Best Blues Club by City Pages in 2012! The arrangement of the small space gives patrons the chance to sit a few feet away from the musicians they love, and grub out on some delicious BBQ.
I would eat here a LOT more if they took credit.
Get the pork ribs!, these have really tender meat that stats on the bone with a nice smoke "bark".
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Reviews and News
A protégé and longtime bandmate of North Mississippi blues icon R.L. Burnside, Kenny Brown is a prodigiously accomplished guitarist in his own... More on Bayport BBQ »
The big news from Bayport is not only the imminent opening of the sixth Deep Blues Festival, but also the startling announcement from festival... More on Bayport BBQ »
The good folks at Bayport BBQ have offered up the lineup for the sixth annual Deep Blues Festival. As expected, this is a grouping of some of... More on Bayport BBQ »
Best Of Awards
Going too long without good barbecue is bound to leave you blue, which is why hungry blues fans line up every... More on Best Blues Club »
You know it's legit when the smell of smoky brisket clings to your hair and clothes for days. Such is the... More on Best Blues Club »
In Texas, barbecue aficionados have been known to drive 50 miles for lunch. And before... More on Best Restaurant Worth the Drive »
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