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The 4 Best Barbecue Restaurants in the Ocean City, Maryland Area

The 2021 The Best of Ocean City® voting is closed and the winners have been announced. Barbecue is always popular at the beach. It makes a great take-out meal or a late night snack. If you prefer the smell of barbecue while you eat, try one of these fabulous options where you can dine at their location.

Nick’s House of Ribs

Nick’s House of Ribs on 144th Street has been in Ocean City for 35 years, and the present owner, Scott Heise, has owned Nick’s House of Ribs since April 2016. He has been improving the menu, food quality, service, staff, and lots more since buying the restaurant,  while being cautious in keeping enough of what you have come to know and love in Nick’s. Nick’s is known for their ribs, crab cakes & seafood, and steaks. Their ribs come with either their traditional sauce (the one that made them famous) or their signature sauce which is sweet and tangy. They have a full bar offering craft drafts, wine & frozen drinks, and the bar has huge HDTVs too. Finish that off with a good kids menu and the knowledge that large parties are welcome! You can dine-in, carry out, have your food delivered or your event catered.

28th Street Pit N Pub

28th St. Pit and Pub, on 28th Street, is Ocean City’s only real smokehouse BBQ restaurant. They have fresh, smoked meats and homemade BBQ, plus a kid-friendly menu and lots of specials, especially in the off season. They have dine-in or carry-out, and they can accommodate any size party and even offer catering services. They are HUGE Raven’s fans, so it’s a great place to watch a game. This place is perfect for getting the family together for great bbq & wings.

Bull on the Beach

“Great food, great service, and a clean environment to enjoy it in.”

Once upon a time a husband and wife named Phil and Marie had a vision. Phil, having successfully thought up the idea of an “open pit” took his wife and children from Baltimore to Ocean City in hopes of opening a restaurant where he could display the Pit in an open kitchen.

The first Bull on the Beach opened May 28, 1980 on the Boardwalk. Through the years we have had the pleasure of working with dedicated staff and loyal customers–all who have helped with the success of the business. The Bull has seen a few different locations, all offering delicious menu options and fun times. Currently, there are 2 locations in Ocean City.

Our Boardwalk location has opened their doors at the Park Place Hotel. This location provides an outdoor bar/seating area offering a beautiful view of the Ocean City Boardwalk and The Atlantic Ocean.

And the Editor’s Choice Winner is…

Smoker’s BBQ Pit

Each year, the staff of OceanCity.com and a group of locals go through each of the categories and give you an option we think deserves your consideration as the The Best of Ocean City® for 2021. We think you should definitely try Smoker’s Bbq on 9711 Stephen Decatur Hwy in West Ocean City for real BBQ!


  1. Went to pit and pub when my husband and I were there in July it was a great place to eat and prices were fair.enjoyed I would recommend it to anyone


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