4 Rivers Smokehouse founder John Rivers curated award-winning BBQ styles from around the globe and perfected each of them over time, from authentic St. Louis Barbecue Ribs and Memphis-style Pulled Pork to Kansas City passable Burnt Ends and a Tri-Tip better than from California, the best Pulled Smoked Chicken and Wings anywhere to 4 Rivers’ signature Smoked Texas-styled Brisket, and more, the primary philosophy behind 4 Rivers is taking the time to get it just right. Every time.
You decide how you want your BBQ: sample them solo or as sliders, get a heaping sandwich of your favorite meats, perhaps a Cuban Sandwich, Street Style Tacos, or BBQ Quesadillas, or simply get your favorite BBQ by the Pound.
There is a never-ending debate on whether BBQ sauces are necessary at all. At 4 Rivers, we created our signature BBQ Sauces— Carolina Mustard Sauce, 4R Signature Sauce, and Hot Signature Sauce—with the same care and determination to getting it just right as with our BBQ. If you’re a BBQ purist, at least try some on your fries.
Sides are no side thought at 4 Rivers. We take the same approach to sides as we do with our award-winning barbeque. Researching, testing and improving upon only the best family recipies for homestyle southern comfort food favorites such as Coleslaw, Collards, Baked Cheese Grits, Fried Okra, Sweet Potato Casserole, Cornbread, Biscuits, Mac & Cheese, and BBQ Baked Beans. Or try our Vegetarian options (yes, vegetarian menu items at a BBQ joint) like Vegetable Quesadillas, Smoked Portobello Sandwich, or Beyond Burnt Ends. We even have a kid’s menu full of items for the little ones.
Make sure to leave room for desserts from our Sweet Shop like dessert bars, cake balls, seasonal cupcakes, cakes, bread pudding made from scratch with Crispy Creme doughnuts, Bananas Foster, or big ol’ slices of cake. We even do birthday and wedding cakes. Just ask!
4 Rivers Smokehouse South Tampa, on the corner of South MacDill Ave and West Swann Ave, is near the neighborhoods of Golfview, Hyde Park, Beach Park, Parkland Estates, and Palma Ceia. Minutes from the Tampa Convention Center, The University of Tampa, Amalie Arena, Tampa International Airport and a short drive from Ybor City, St. Pete, or Clearwater.
Dine-in, get it to go, order ahead online, use your favorite delivery service, or use the new 4R App to get your favorite BBQ any way you like it. We even do catering.
The next time you have an event or gathering, give 4 Rivers Catering and takeout options a try. With appetizer trays to full meals, smoked meats and sides to desserts, all available for pickup or delivery, nobody does catering in Tampa Bay like 4 Rivers. Our goal is to be one of Tampa Bay’s Best Caterers because we love catering Tampa Bay events!
See what others have had to say about 4 Rivers Smokehouse South Tampa.
“it was a religious experience.”
“Best BBQ in Tampa.”
“The BEST barbecue in Tampa”
“Best B.B-QUE in the South Tampa area”
“Best bbq hands down. Once you have had theirs you will never go back anywhere else.”
“Great brisket. Best bbq ever.”
“Best BBQ in the Tampa area. Get the burnt-ends brisket. It’s delectable.”
“Absolutely delicious authentic barbecue backed by a great cause.”
“Best food on Earth.”
“I love it. I am never disappointed with the food or service…”
“These guys ARE Bar B Que! Brisket is outstanding. BBQ sauce which for me defines a places worth is outstanding as well.”
“Great experience awesome flavors… Reminds me of a Texas BBQ joint but classy”
“The best BBQ I’ve ever had. I’m drooling just thinking it about it!”
“The best…I mean the absolute best BBQ in the area!”
“Delicious delicious delicious delicious delicious! My new favorite BBQ place.”
“Try the tacos and order each one with different meat! You will not be disappointed!”
“My new favorite place to get my BBQ fix. They are actually catering my upcoming wedding!”
“Best BBQ in town. Love this place. Perfect portion sizes and always fresh sides.”
“The best BBQ in town. Happy workers. Good food. Love it”
“Best BBQ I’ve ever had.”
“Favorite bbq in south tampa. Ribs are great”
“Love Love Love. Enough said. 😍”
“Always great BBQ! Highly recommended.”
“Delicious and very excellent service”
“Best bbq I’ve found in Pinellas or Hillsborough.”
“This is the best BBQ Restaurant I’ve ever been too.”
“We will be back, may even tomorrow 👍”
“My wife and I just happen to drive by and decided to have lunch there and it was so unexpectedly good. The food was absolutely amazing. Great atmosphere!”
“One of my favorite BBQ places in Tampa. The food is always fresh and has a great BBQ flavor. They also have great sides to go along with the Q”
“So good that we had them cater our wedding. Awesome service and food.”
“Being from Austin and a devout brisket lover….4 Rivers is in the running with the very best.”
“Amazing food, has that old school Southern BBQ taste.”
“4Rivers is authentic Texas BBQ. The restaurant even has a Texas feel to it.”
“4 River’s Smokehouse knows how to do BBQ! I strongly recommend this place for anyone seeking good BBQ.” “”
“I love everything about 4 rivers. From the food to the atmosphere I feel right at home.”