Many consider the Winter Park location the birthplace of the modern BBQ movement in Orlando, not just in 4 River’s quest to be The Best BBQ in Orlando, but in the positive impact 4 Rivers has had on the local community and BBQ culture as a whole across the Southeast.
4 Rivers Smokehouse Founder John Rivers combined the best BBQ recipes and techniques and perfected them. From Pulled Pork that would make Memphis proud to Kansas City Burnt Ends, a California-styled Tri-Tip to downhome Carolina Ribs, and the 4 Rivers’ signature Texas Brisket, the 4 Rivers philosophy is taking the time to get it right every time.
Winter Park, the suburb directly north of Downtown Orlando, has developed into a thriving foodie mecca over the past few years with popups, food events, and regular restaurant openings. Winter Park gave 4 Rivers the launchpad necessary to put themselves on the map. Since then, 4 Rivers has become a mainstay in the Downtown Winter Park area, hosting the annual COWS N’ CABS event, bringing 25 other restaurants and vendors together to raise funds for youth charities in Orange County. Downtown Winter Park is also the location of 4 Rivers’ sister establishment, The COOP, a southern home cooking restaurant best known for their fried chicken and other down-home southern standards.
Founder John Rivers is a Florida native from Jacksonville whose southern cooking roots started out not far from Orlando. The legacy of southern cooking lies in the rich history of techniques and recipes where were perfected as they were handed down over generations to become the standards we call comfort foods today. Combining that southern cooking heritage with bold BBQ flavors from around the country has made 4R stand out from the crowd as The Best BBQ in Florida according to Food & Wine Magazine.
In 2013, after only being open for four years, John Rivers was invited to cook at The James Beard House. In 2017, 4 Rivers Smokehouse Winter Park was deemed one of “The South’s Best BBQ Joints” by Southern Living Magazine.
See what others have had to say about 4 Rivers Smokehouse Winter Park
“Best BBQ in Winter Park!!”
“Best BBQ in Orlando! Their staff is super friendly and service is fast.”
“4 Rivers support our communities which is really cool A+++++”
“4Rivers is Orlando’s premier BBQ”
“If you are from Orlando then you know this is the spot.”
“Best bbq in Florida. Super meats and sides. Eat here!”
“Best barbeque in Orlando.”
“The absolute best BBQ ever. Always”
“Legit Texas style BBQ.”
“Best brisket on the planet”
“Best Food in town”
“Hands down best BBQ I have ever had.”
“Without a doubt my favorite bbq ever!”
“Can’t recommend this place highly enough.”
“Always awesome bbq!!”
“Awesome take out service.”
“4 Rivers is always delicious. They have amazing dessert.”
“BBQ done right. Delicious every single time. And those desserts.”
“I’m never disappointed when we stop here.”
“The mention of the name 4 Rivers, makes my mouth water.”
“Their level of service and preparation is second to none.”
“One of the top BBQ places I’ve been to. If you like amazing BBQ, go.”
“The meat is so good it doesn’t even need sauce.”
“Great friendly service. I can’t say enough good things about 4R.“