Third’s BBQ. One of The Best BBQ Joints In The Region and Downtown Bowling Green. Blog by Countryside Food Rides!

By Rob Baas, countrysidefoodrides.blogspot.com
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 10:00 AM CST

Either this is one of Bowling Green’s best kept secrets, or I was just the last to know about it. I visited for the first time this past winter when it was known as The Best of Shake Rag. The name has since changed but the staff did not completely turnover. The menu is still the same and the BBQ is still great.

It was easy to miss this small building while driving by over the winter, and with the new signage it stands out a lot better now. Consider this a carryout place if the weather conditions don’t permit patio dining because there are only three or four stools at the bar inside. More than once I’ve had to wait for people to leave before I could enter and place my order, and I’m not complaining.

The pork is hickory smoked out back and they might have the best sauce in the area. It is the same red tomato-based style that is so popular around here, and I think Third’s has the best combination of sweetness and tartness with just a hint of spiciness. The sides are good, too — everything seems just a little sweeter here. Beyond the BBQ, they are also popular for chicken wings and fried whiting & catfish.

Conveniently located in the Shake Rag district of downtown Bowling Green, it is just two blocks from the Medical Center & Graves Gilbert, one block from the 31-W ByPass, and three blocks from Louisville Rd. Now you know, so check it out.


New name. New signage.



Ribs & Pulled Pork (sans sauce).


Pulled Pork Plate w/ Coleslaw & Baked Beans (to go).


Rib Tips Plate w/ Slaw & Potato Salad (to go).






Pulled Pork Sandwich on the patio.

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