Nominate restaurants for Cleveland’s Best Barbecue contest before Sunday at noon

Nominate your favorite barbecue joint, then follow us on our search for Cleveland's Best Barbecue.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – We asked you to show some love to Greater Cleveland restaurants with outstanding BBQ and readers have stepped up. The Cleveland’s Best Barbecue contest now has more than 500 nominations.

And we want you to keep them coming!

If you’ve got a favorite establishment you head to when you need to satisfy a craving for ‘cue, let us know between now and Sunday, July 15, at noon.

Keep in mind the restaurant must only have locations within Ohio, with at least one within our seven-county coverage area of Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit counties. No national chains. 

How the contest will work:

  • Once all the nominations are in, you — our readers — will narrow the field to 20 finalists in an online poll. Voting for the first round will run Tuesday, July 17 through Tuesday, July 24 at 9 a.m.
  • The Top 20 poll — to crown the ultimate winner of Cleveland’s Best Barbecue — will launch Sunday, July 29 and will run through Tuesday, Aug. 28 at 9 a.m.

You’re invited to vote for your favorite once every hour.

Join us when we visit the Top 20 restaurants:

We will visit each of the 20 finalists for taste tests, photos and videos and we invite you to come along, either in person, or by watching on Facebook Live. A schedule of our visits will be posted Monday, July 30.

The winner will be announced on Facebook Live on Aug. 28 on cleveland.com’s Facebook page.

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