Our Story

​BORN ON MARDI GRAS DAY

VooDoo BBQ & Grill was born on Mardi Gras day in 2002, right on St. Charles Avenue in the heart of New Orleans.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans means overwhelming crowds of hungry parade-goers and it was standing-room only at our front doors from day one! People loved our New Orleans-style BBQ so much we had to hustle through the streets carrying coolers packed with our slow-smoked creations to feed the masses and keep the party going.

WE BRING NEW ORLEANS TO YOU

It was a crazy way to start a restaurant and it’s been a party ever since. Our restaurants began in the New Orleans area, grew into Baton Rouge and beyond. When you walk into any VooDoo BBQ & Grill you’ll experience the same kind of fun, laid-back atmosphere and hospitality that you’d find at any southern table. It’s like a mini vacation to New Orleans. You’re our guest, so relax and prepare to experience great food, drinks, music and the soul of New Orleans, a city where we live to eat.

WHAT IS VOODOO BBQ?

Our founders met in college and discovered they shared a passion for food, fun and great BBQ. Together they created a new category: New Orleans-style BBQ. It’s a fusion of all the best that BBQ has to offer. VooDoo BBQ & Grill brings together your favorite BBQ styles and kicks them up a notch with Caribbean, Cajun and Creole spices. 

TASTE OUR MAGIC

Our meats are dry rubbed with amazing Cajun spices and slow-smoked to perfection with oak and pecan, not swimming in sauce. Want an extra kick? We’ve created three unique BBQ sauces made with Louisiana ingredients. Then we pile on the homemade signature sides and pour you a sweet tea or Louisiana’s famous Abita Beer, each one with a decidedly southern drawl. Taste the magic of VooDoo BBQ & Grill.

 

Giving Back

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

VooDoo BBQ & Grill is proud to be a good neighbor and support our community. We especially love getting involved with charities and activities that encourage kids of all income levels and abilities to become more physically active.

  • On The Scene – Masquerade Ball – A March of Dimes Benefit Presented by VooDoo BBQ & Grill
  • Greer Foundation Annual VooDoo Masquerade Ball – to assist single fathers
  • American Lung Association – Fight for Air Walk
  • Jimmy Graham Football camp
  • Reggie Bush Football camp
  • Chris Paul Basketball camp
  • Ed Reed Golf Tournament
  • BRSC Women’s Winter Freeze Soccer 4th and 5th Annual Tournaments 
  • LSU Executive Education Aiding Former NFL Players – Stephenson Entrepreneurship Institute
  • Many Donations/Sponsorships for Youth & High School Sports
    • Dutchtown High School Football Program
    • Title Sponsor for Baton Rouge Soccer’s Annual Youth and Adult Summer Soccer Tournament (VooDoo BBQ 7-A-Side Tournament)
    • Gonzales Soccer Club Sponsor
    • Galvez Tigers Youth Football Sponsor
    • Various Youth Baseball Rec and Tournament Teams
 

RECOGNITION & AWARDS

OUR TROPHY CASE

​When you do good things, people notice. VooDoo BBQ is pleased to share some of the honors we’ve received over the years.

  • Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 32nd Annual – Ranked #326
  • Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500 33rd Annual – Ranked #368
  • The Advocate 2009 – Barbecue, New Orleans-Style
  • 225 Baton Rouge – July 2010 – Best of 225 Awards – Best BBQ
  • Best of Jeff – Jefferson Life Magazine – Best “Bang For Your Buck”
  • Best of Jeff – Jefferson Life Magazine – Best BBQ
  • Best of Jeff – Jefferson Life Magazine – Best Takeout
  • Best of LSU Living 2011 – Best BBQ
  • Franchise Business REVIEW – 2011 Franchisee Satisfaction Awards
  • Inaugural LSU One Hundred – Top 100 Businesses owned by LSU Graduates
  • The Northshore’s Best 2009, 2010 & 2011 – Best Barbecue
  • AAA Southern Traveler August 2010 - Best of the South 2010
  • Where Y’At – June 2010 – Best of the Big Easy – Readers’ Picks – Best BBQ Restaurant
  • Certificate of Appreciation – E.J. Ourso College of Business – LSU – Executive Lecture Series 2010 & 2011
  • IFA – 2010 Franchise Member
  • 2009 Parents Magazine “Family Favorite” Favorite BBQ Place
  • 2009 Lollapalooza Fete des Artistes
 

FAQs

WHY IS THE MEAT PINK?

​The pink color is the “smoke ring”. This is an indication of true slow smoked barbecue. It is what gives our meats their distinct flavors. Even with a pink ring, our meats are fully cooked, always.

WHY THE NAME VOODOO BBQ?

We were born out of the love of the great city of New Orleans, Louisiana. We chose the name “VooDoo BBQ” because it’s easily remembered, hard to forget, and is a novelty for New Orleans visitors and locals alike.

WHAT IS NEW ORLEANS-STYLE BBQ?

Like parts of the city itself, it’s something new built on a very old foundation. BBQ, or meat slow-cooked over flame or hot coals, has been around as long as people have. Virtually every culture has some version of it, whether they call it “barbecue” or not. From pulled, chopped and sliced pork in the Carolinas to Memphis-style ribs to barbecue brisket in Texas. New Orleans-style barbecue builds on all of these traditions with flavors, accents and complementary side dishes that inject the life and flair of the Crescent City into every meal.

For instance, our St. Louis-style ribs are perfectly seasoned with a dry rub that contains hints of the Caribbean - a strong influence in New Orleans.  All of our meats are served naked (without sauce) with the option of adding any combination of our Mojo, Cane Vinegar or Mango Crystal sauces — the last flavored with Louisiana’s legendary Crystal Hot Sauce. Our Rattlesnake Beans are spicy with a hint of smoke. All of this is New Orleans-style BBQ and you can top off a meal at VooDoo BBQ & Grill with our White Chocolate Bread Pudding – a true New Orleans treat.

 “New Orleans-style” has a flair and flavor that turns a visit to a VooDoo BBQ & Grill into an experience. That’s why we’ve designed our stores to incorporate Crescent City touches like lanterns, murals and ornate trim that resembles the wrought iron railings found in the French Quarter. It’s why we look not just for competence and drive in our employees, but a sense of fun and personality that can bring smiles to our guests’ faces. We want each trip to a VooDoo BBQ & Grill to be like a mini-New Orleans vacation, a time when you can loosen your tie (if you’re wearing one), and laissez les bon temps rouler - let the good times roll!

HOW CAN I OWN MY OWN VOODOO BBQ & GRILL?

​Just take the first step, visit our franchise website voodoobbqfranchise.com or call 877-902-4BBQ (4227) to find out more.

 
 






New Orleans Style BBQ!

 

​We’re the sound, the soul, the taste of BBQ, New Orleans-style. Brisket, pork, chicken, gumbo, salads and burgers all with the spice and magic of Louisiana.

 

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