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That BBQ Joint

1511 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3728
+1 608-709-1300
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good13%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible0%
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“ribs” (16 reviews)
“pulled pork” (4 reviews)
“coleslaw” (3 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1511 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3728
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Reviewed October 24, 2018 via mobile

They are not as good as many hype them up to be. The interior is gross and unwelcoming. The food is good enough but it’s sooo slow. They have the most inefficient system with one cashier who walks back to the kitchen after each item...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank GriffinKelley
Reviewed June 21, 2018

Came in with high expectations as I heard this place had some great food. And the food, while not phenomenal, was really good. The slaw and chili sides had great flavor and the brisket and pulled pork were tasty with some nice sauce. They were...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank scotthenrichs
Reviewed April 24, 2018

That BBQ Pit, by far, serves that best BBQ that I have had in the Madison area and it is right up there with our favorite places in Texas, where we lived for five years. We have had the ribs, brisket and pulled pork and...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Jim A
Reviewed January 5, 2018

I liked the place, because the ribs had a smokey taste and they were soft...as they should be. The chicken, on the other hand, was a bit too dry. We arrived here late on a Saturday night, so they hadn't a lot of things left....More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank marcolmn
Reviewed January 3, 2018

These folks do BBQ right. My only beef (sorry) is that they're sometimes out of ribs when I get there. But they usually have tips, which are also pretty damned good. I'd have to say this joint makes the second best ribs in town...second only...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Ron B
Reviewed November 19, 2017 via mobile

This is a relatively small place but omg the food is so good. Some of the best ribs I have ever had. Meaty, fall off the bone ribs, and the sauce is to die for, I regret not buying extra sauce to take home. I...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank Martin C
Reviewed October 18, 2017 via mobile

I have travelled all over the US eating BBQ. In addition, I try to immulate my smoked passion. We got a full slab of ribs, pulled pork sami, fries, and Mac and cheese balls. My 16 yo loved the Mac and cheese and ribs. When...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank L9421MFjacobm
Reviewed September 3, 2017

Based on reviews, we wanted to try the ribs. Arrived at 4:45 on a Saturday night. There are two small antiseptic, clean rooms with no character. You order at the counter. There was a person standing at the counter and after 10 minutes discussing their...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank GiseppeGord
Reviewed May 22, 2017

That BBQ Joint has the best BBQ in Madison! The Smoked Italian Beef Brisket sandwich with hot peppers and au jus is the best sandwich in town, hands down! The vinegary black pepper BBQ sauce goes well with the perfectly barbecued pulled pork. You will...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank adtalerico
Reviewed May 1, 2017

Did carryout for five. Coleslaw was best item. Pork sandwich at $8 was OK as size was generous but meat was charry and dry. I am from NC and WI BBQ is just not the same.

Date of visit: April 2017
Thank keg0nsaman
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1511 Williamson St, Madison, WI 53703-3728
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 608-709-1300
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