Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable barbecue hot spots in Oakland, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to fulfill your urges.
1. Sip & Slide
Topping the list is food truck Sip & Slide. Sip & Slide, which specializes in sliders topped with smoked barbecue sauce and other condiments, is the highest-rated budget-friendly spot to score barbecue in Oakland, boasting 4.5 stars out of 96 reviews on Yelp.
Yelper Stacey C. wrote, "I ordered the BBQ and Super Mario. The two sliders were a perfect portion for a light dinner to accompany my local brewery beers. The service was prompt and very friendly."
2. Suya African-Caribbean Grill
Next up is Suya African-Caribbean Grill, located at 408 22nd St. Stop by this casual spot, which has another location downtown, for skewers of barbecued beef, jerk chicken, shrimp and veggies. Yelpers give it four stars out of 226 reviews.
"At Suya African-Caribbean Grill, we believe in healthy, but not your wilted iceberg lettuce drizzled with fat-free, no-taste dressing healthy," the business states on its Yelp page. "Suya is your fresh meat and vegetables, grilled right in front of you, smothered in a savory West African suya spice healthy."
3. iLava Hawaiian Barbecue
Then there's iLava Hawaiian Barbecue, another cheap go-to, with four stars out of 146 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1446 High St. for kalua pork, garlic shrimp, short ribs and more.
"Our business specializes in making you feel at home," it states on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties. "We make sure that the food is always hot, affordable and tasty and that customer service is always on-point. Our mission is to make you full and always want to come back."