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Due to popular demand (but only for a limited time*!) we’ve brought back The Big Bone – a 9 inch long beef rib with about a pound of juicy, smoky, barbeque heaven – perfect for sharing.

“This thing is huge, when you get one you can only say – wow! We have been testing it for several months, perfecting the smoking time and seasoning.  Our fans really love it!” -Brian Hipsher, VP of Marketing

*The Big Bone will be available in Feb. & March on Saturdays only and as a special on Valentine’s Day! The Big Bone is smoked in very limited quantities, so get there early if you want to enjoy one.

Ever seen a hand-painted sign at City Barbeque and wondered where it came from? Odds are, it was created just for us by Ohio artist Jane DiGrandi! DiGrandi has been working with us for 12 years, creating everything from welcome signs and menu suggestions to floor-to-ceiling murals and pickle-painted propane tanks (seriously—visit our joint in Beavercreek to see what we mean!). Most recently, she completed a massive installation for our Polaris location, featuring a tractor, a City Barbeque silo, and a glowing sunrise.

“I’m thankful for being given the space at the Polaris store to show what City Barbeque means to me,” she says. “I knew I wanted to do something on a large scale and immediately started thinking of how to portray City Barbeque’s rural roots of bringing barbeque to the city, and of their commitment to fresh and homemade food.” DiGrandi settled on an iconic tractor to center the piece, but wanted to give things a modern feel—so she constructed the work so that tractor is coming straight at you! She loves the silo and the sunrise in the background, too: “The sunrise perfectly portrays City Barbeque’s saying, ‘It’s a great day to eat barbeque!’”

The piece took four weeks to complete, and is made up of 310 individual pieces of wood, fit together one by one. While DiGrandi has used a wide range of materials in her work for City Barbeque (“markers, wood, paint, metal, chalkboard, paper, barn wood, and even chicken wire”), she admits that she loves working with wood the most. As anyone who has seen this latest piece on display can tell you, that love absolutely shows.

Our craft is barbeque, Jane’s craft is large-scale rustic art with an industrial and natural vibe—and we just can’t get enough of it. Next time you’re at City Barbeque, take a moment and look around. You never know what masterpiece is hanging up right over your shoulder!

Interested in her work? Jane can be reached at Interested in working with us to display your craft? Reach out to Chris Blain at

To show our appreciation for our military women and men, we’re giving vets and troops a free sandwich, two sides and a regular drink on Saturday, November 11!

Know a vet? We’re making it easy for you to say thanks—bring them in on Veterans Day and their lunch is on us! Share this with the vets you know and spread the love!

Home of the Free because of the Brave

What has one leg, one thigh, one breast, one wing, and fights cancer? A half chicken sold during Quetoberfest! For the next two weeks*, we’re donating $1 from the sale of every hickory-smoked half chicken to the American Cancer Society… we’re making it easy (and delicious!) to join in the fight against cancer!

We’ll also be offering a special limited-edition Quetoberfrest pint glass for $3, or order one filled with your favorite beer for $5, and we’ll donate another $1 to the American Cancer Society! If you’re interested in getting a glass, be sure to stop in your local joint soon – we only have a limited supply & they’re gonna go quick!

The Quetoberfest-ivities end October 2nd, so grab your dirdl and lederhosen and get on down to City Barbeque. We’re excited for you to see the surprises we’ve got in store!

PS: Hit your limit on half chickens and craft beer and Quetoberfest’s still going strong? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Try our signature smoked Texas sausage topped with grilled green peppers and onions for that Wiesn vibe. #ProTip

*Quetoberfest fundraiser starts Monday, September 19 and runs through October 2nd.

There’s no nip in the air quite yet, but the calendar doesn’t lie: we are only days away from the start of football season. Football means tailgating which also means barbeque (although to us, barbeque is year-round), and we’re proud to be your tailgating advisors! Here are our top five tailgating tips:

  • Start setting up early—everyone knows it’s bad luck if you’re still doing party prep during the coin toss (probably). Order online or call ahead to skip the line.
  • Finger food is a must! No one wants to wrangle a plate, fork, knife, and napkin—and it’s hard to do the wave (or Surrender Cobra) when your hands are full. Be prepared with a pulled pork slider pack or double-smoked brisket taqos and keep a hand free for high-fives!
    • We know that sometimes you want to go above and beyond (show-off!) and we have you covered for that too. Party Packs or our catering experts can give you the full spread and help you earn the MVH (Most Valuable Host) title.
  • Remember to bring extra: ice, chairs, sunscreen, trash bags, extension cords, and the most important – brisket!
  • Take a tip from your favorite City Barbeque joint and stash your condiments in an empty six-pack holder for easy transportation and handling.
  • Keep everyone hydrated: while some folks may be enjoying a cold one, you don’t want the under-21 crowd to go thirsty. Add a case of old-fashioned sodas to your order and wash down the accolades with an ice-cold Cheerwine. You’ve earned it!

Columbus, Ohio – June 29, 2016 – City Barbeque, a high-growth, fast-casual restaurant company focused on authentic, “smoker-to-table” barbeque, is proud to announce a new financial partnership with Freeman Spogli & Co., a leading private equity investment firm. “This is an exciting moment in our company’s history,” said Rick Malir, founder of City Barbeque. “This partnership allows us to take City Barbeque to new places, give our amazing employees additional opportunities to grow, and bring smiles to new guests and raving fans across the country.”

City Barbeque was founded in 1999 by Rick Malir and a team of barbeque enthusiasts who won the American Royal Invitational for the best brisket in the country. From its humble beginnings in a renovated donut shop in Upper Arlington, Ohio, to its 26th restaurant which recently opened in Durham, North Carolina, City Barbeque has established itself as one of the nation’s best barbeque restaurants.

“City Barbeque possesses the exact qualities Freeman Spogli looks for in a restaurant partner,” said Brad Brutocao, a Partner at Freeman Spogli. “The company has craveable food, a passionate management team, an impressive culture of hospitality, and a loyal fan base in each of its markets. We have been interested in City Barbeque for several years, and we are enthusiastic about partnering with Rick and his team during this exciting phase of growth for the company.”

“The same friendly teams will continue bringing you the food and service you have come to expect,” said Rick Malir. “Our partnership with Freeman Spogli will allow us to bring City Barbeque to new markets, explore and generate new insights for the company, and leverage their team’s deep experience in the restaurant space as we chart our exciting path into the future.”

BMO Capital Markets Corp. acted as exclusive financial advisor to City Barbeque. Ice Miller LLP provided legal counsel to City Barbeque and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP provided legal counsel to Freeman Spogli.

About City Barbeque
Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, City Barbeque is a highgrowth, fast-casual restaurant company focused on authentic, “smoker-to-table” barbeque. The company operates 26 company-owned restaurants across Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and North Carolina in addition to two legacy franchise locations in Ohio. City Barbeque provides competition-quality barbeque and has more than 100 certified barbeque judges on staff. The company’s commitment to quality requires meats to be slow-smoked on site, sandwiches trimmed to order, and sides and desserts made from scratch in the restaurant. Served in a fast-casual format, guests can enjoy their barbeque in a relaxed indoor and outdoor environment. City Barbeque also offers full-service catering for weddings, company picnics, large parties, and other events. City Barbeque and its management team believe that great barbeque is not just about food, but also about community. The company was founded on the commitment of investing in the communities it serves, which it upholds through numerous partnerships with non-profits and local charities.

About Freeman Spogli & Co.
Freeman Spogli & Co. is a private equity firm dedicated exclusively to investing in and partnering with management in consumer-related and distribution companies in the United States. Since its founding in 1983, Freeman Spogli has invested over $3.7 billion in 55 portfolio companies with aggregate transaction value of approximately $21 billion, and is currently making investments from FS Equity Partners VII, L.P. Freeman Spogli has offices in Los Angeles and New York. For additional information, visit