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We are heading into summer, which is also the pit of Bar-B-Q season of course! May is known for hotter days and water slides but did you know it is also National Bar-B-Q month as well? To celebrate the observance, we created a list of delicious establishments serving barbeque in the Kissimmee/Orlando area.

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Big John’s BBQ

“Big John” Glover, the owner of Big John’s BBQ, came from humble beginnings. What was once a fun hobby for John became a “firey” passion noticed by his BBQ lovin’ peers. Soon enough John had created a following for his smoked catering and decided to open up a restaurant right here in Kissimmee.

You have to try Big John’s recipes! From the slow-smoked brisket to the homemade sides and sauces – everything is mouthwatering!”

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Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures

Originally starting as a family-run airboat business on Lake Tohopekaliga, Boggy Creek Airboat became much more with their Boggy Bottom BBQ addition! Famous for fried alligator and the Swamp Ape Double IPA, this off-the-beaten-path destination is the perfect place for the whole family.

Pro tip: Make it a day and relax in front of the lakeside patio and watch the airboats fly. Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures offer various airboat packages for affordable prices. After a meal, have a thrilling ride on the water and enjoy the wildlife!

4 Rivers Smokehouse

4 Rivers Smokehouse, founded by John Rivers, started from humble beginnings and passions. A former healthcare professional, Rivers started to prepare brisket out of his garage for local charitable organizations, schools, and churches until one day he ran out of room.

The result was a brand-new BBQ location in Winter Park. Today, 4 Rivers has over 10 locations including one in Kissimmee, just a few miles away from the parks!

Fat Boy’s Bar-B-Q

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There’s nothing like enjoying some classic Fat Boy’s Bar-B-Q in the Kissimmee area. A local classic, Fat Boy’s has specialized in smoking since 1972. Their secret? A specialized basting technique in their closed-pit hardwood fire.

Fatboy’s is our choice for great BBQ at great prices. Bring the whole family after a day at the parks and don’t break the bank.

Jimmy Bear’s BBQ

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Jimmy Bear’s BBQ was built on a dream, Joey Bradley’s father “Jimmy” had a dream to open up a Bar-B-Q restaurant promoting his infamous smoked meats and homemade sauce. Unfortunately, he could never seem to have time after his day job and family time. Joey heard these dreams and took them to heart. Motivated to make his father’s dream a reality, Joey bought a food truck and traveled around downtown St. Cloud until he found a location in 2014.

Jimmy Bears was born and booming. Four years later, Joey decides to follow his dreams and build a comedy club inside the restaurant in 2018. Porky’s Comedy Club is one of the most unique sister companies to the popular Jimmy Bears Bar-B-Q. Enjoy top-notch Bar-B-Q while having a couple of laughs!

After the parks, enjoy cheap eats at Fat Boys, or a laugh at Jimmy Bears comedy club – whatever you do make sure to celebrate America’s great pastime of enjoying delicious smoked meats!