Les Smith’s Quest for the Best BBQ: Bobby’s Barbecue in Chesapeake

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Today's the day! The great barbecue taste-off is underway.

Join Barbara Ciara and Les Smith at Bobby's Barbecue at 1025 N Battlefield Blvd.

Who has the best BBQ in Hampton Roads?

Hours of prep go into every rack of ribs. Bobby Loulies from Bobby's Barbecue has many tricks of the trade and he sure has cooked a lot of barbecue!

"It's no exaggeration, I've done at least a million pounds on this cooker alone by itself," he says.

Check our ALL of the restaurants we've visited in Les' Quest for the Best BBQ!

Bobby runs two restaurants -- one in Portsmouth and one in Chesapeake. These days, Bobby cooks in a big modern smoker over that sometimes runs 24 hours a day to keep up with the demand.

He hand rubs his secret rub mix onto the meat and lets it sit overnight.

And don't forget the smoke! It all comes down the choice of wood.

"I use a dry oak for the heat and I use the wet pecan for the smoke," Bobby says.

And every great barbecue chef has their own secret basting sauce, too.

"That BBQ sauce I got right there is not your typical sauce. It's got like a brown sugar in it and what it does when you cook it, it like, caramelizes with it and that's one of my secrets," Bobby says.

So what do you think? Is Bobby's the best?




  • Sandra Craze

    We like Bobby’s Bar-Bo -Q , but we like Rib City Better on Pressesanne rd. Virginia Beach, va You should try it !!!

  • Amber

    Rib city on Princess Anne Rd in Virginia Beach has the best ribs in town and the absolute best home made pies!!!

  • Teri Lowe

    Well Williamsburg has Pierce’s, Chesapeake has Bobby’s but the best is yet to come!! Go to County Grill in Yorktown!! Not only do they have the best BBQ, Ribs & Brisket their sides are out of this world!! Collard greens, baked beans & truly the best potato salad ever!! Never ever disappointed:)

  • Brittany Nicole

    The BBQ at Blackwater Trading Post is THE BEST around! If you get lost looking for the place, just unroll your window and sniff it out!

  • Rhonda McNulty

    I don’t think you need to look any further. Bobby’s on Battlefield in Chesapeake IS THE BEST. He works hard, good family man, and he and his wife, Debbie, do a lot in their community and for others all the
    time. Very good people and great food.

  • Whitney Johnson

    Blackwater Trading Post IS THE BEST AROUND BY FAR. Right along the border of North Carolina and Virginia.. there Hickory Smoked BBQ is to die for! If you have never tired it do yourself a favor and stop by!! People travel from all over to buy it by the pound!!!

  • Sheryl boone

    Bobby’s bar b q in Portsmouth and Chesapeake has the best bar b q ribs and brisket in the 757 everyone needs to come out and try the bar b q in one of the two locations

  • Jason Simas

    Smoke BBQ on Warrick Blvd in Newport News is the best BBQ I have had since moving here from Texas (lived/ate Texas BBQ for 10 years). Awesome baby-backs, pulled pork and you have to try the smoke wings too!

  • Eagle1

    I absolutely love the BBQ at Blackwater Trading Post. It is THE BEST around!!!! The staff is so friendly and the owner is always there, and he is so helpful and has the prettiest green eyes.

  • claire hale

    No no no..HANDS DOWN Chic’s Beach Grill. Pleasure House Rd – Va Beach ..has..the best bbq around!!

  • Lori B.

    Blackwater Trading Post’s BBQ is always fantastic…just the right amount of hickory smoke makes for the best NC-style BBQ around! On Saturday nights you can swing by, order BBQ sandwiches and fries for dinner, and listen to live bluegrass and country music out by the docks. Don’t forget your lawn chair!

  • Scott

    I never miss a chance to grab a BBQ at Blackwater Trading Post. And now that they are using the outside smoker, they’ve actually improved on perfection!

Comments are closed.