Henderson, KY

Welcome to Henderson, where craft in all its forms flows with the current of the mighty Ohio River. When it comes to barbecue, our generational family recipes may be secret . . . but our warm hospitality and signature smoky flavor sure isn’t. Stop in any one of our unique barbecue joints, and the good folks behind the counter will all sing the same song—Henderson is that hidden gem you’ve been looking for.

ChefWhat BBQ & More

422 Seventh St, Henderson, KY 42420

ChefWhat offers barbecue plates and daily lunch specials, but what guests really rave about is the twists on traditional barbecue-- fan favorites like pulled pork macaroni and cheese and pulled pork baked potatoes lend themselves to a whole new way to experience the BBQ Belt.

J&B Barbecue

408 South Holloway St, Henderson, KY 42420

Known for barbecue ribs, this local barbecue joint fires up the the smokers and outdoor pit before the sun comes up each day in preparation for a full day of serving pulled pork, ribs, beef brisket, and all the sides. The main event comes after the meal: banana pudding!

Taylor's Grill on Wheels

130 North Water St, Henderson, KY 42420

With 30 years of experience, the husband and wife duo behind Taylor's know good barbecue and don't skimp on the portions. This local hole-in-the-wall is located on the Henderson riverfront and makes for the perfect addition to a picturesque picnic in Audubon Mill Park.

Homer's Barbecue

128 Second St, Henderson, KY 42420

Homer's Barbecue was born from the legacy of pitmaster Homer Ward. In 1964, Homer's passion for sharing good barbecue was lit and has been passed down within the family ever since. Looking for good Kentucky barbecue with a hint of Texas flare and a great atmosphere? Make Homer's a top stop on your itinerary.

Thomason's Barbecue

701 Atkinson St, Henderson, KY 42420

Experience tender meat smoked over hickory wood in a pit centered in the middle of the restaurant at Thomason's BBQ, a staple for good 'cue since the 1960s. The real talking point here? The legendary baked beans, for which folks travel from miles away to take home.