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Andy Nelson's Southern Pit BBQ

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11007 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030
+1 410-527-1167
10:00 - 21:00
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Atlanta, Georgia
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The portions are large and quality excellent Brisket is exceptional and numerous tasty sides. Easy access to parking. Indoor /outdoor seating.

Thank Sue C
Orlando, Florida
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Where do I start. We decided to go here based on Trip Advisor reviews. We weren't disappointed. Being a BBQ guy, I wanted to try everything! I got a platter, I believe it was called something trifecta, in other words I got three meats. I went for the pit beef (excellent), sauced ribs (great but maybe over sauced) and the... More 

Thank Larry_O5
Andy N, Owner at Andy Nelson's Southern Pit BBQ, responded to this review

Hi Larry, We're thrilled to hear that you found us. Thank you for giving us a try and your kind words. We love hearing about our guests experiences with us. It's so great that you were able to try so many different meats that we offer. We look forward to seeign you again soon. More 

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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am originally from eastern NC so I have pretty high standards for BBQ. Andy Nelson's is a good place to go for lunch or dinner. The prices are on par with the amount of food you get. Its not in my top 5 every but about the best you can get around here.

Thank Jeffery M
Andy N, Owner at Andy Nelson's Southern Pit BBQ, responded to this review

Hi Jeffery, Thank you for letting us know that our Que is a high ranker for you. We love knowing that our dishes are pretty great and tasty for our guests. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

pork ribs were barely warm. Very meaty. Barbecue sauce had too much vinegar for my taste, corn bread was average

Thank Albert D
Andy N, Owner at Andy Nelson's Southern Pit BBQ, responded to this review

Hello Albert, Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We’re disappointed to hear that the ribs were not as hot as they should have been. We’re also sorry to hear that our corn bread didn’t blow you away! Both of those items are very well loved with our guests and typically receive rave reviews. We are... More 

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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Consistently great food, friendly atmosphere! Have been not only to the York Road location but have enjoyed their catered food as well at several parties. Among my favorites: Pit Beef, Brisket, Baked Beans and Collard Greens! :)

Thank stephensY6451LQ
Andy N, Owner at Andy Nelson's Southern Pit BBQ, responded to this review

Hi Stephens, We are glad to hear tha tyou have enjoyed our dishes in our restaurant and at some great events. We always love to hear how much our guests enjoy our dishes. We are glad to know that you have some great favorites on our menu. More 

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142 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2017

I stopped in for lunch while waiting for my parrot to have her high-risk surgery at the Hunt Valley Animal Hospital. Worried and stressed-out, I found the staff's generous hospitality and helpfulness with their many choices on their menu to be very comforting. The young man at the counter highly recommended the corn bread and the young lady suggested the... More 

Thank stormbird
Andy N, Owner at Andy Nelson's Southern Pit BBQ, responded to this review

Hi Storm Bird, We are glad to hear that your baby made it through surgery and is safe at home recovering. Thank you for stopping in and giving Andy Nelson's BBQ a try. We are thrilled to hear that you loved the pulled pork and corn bread. We are always happy to hear that our service and dishes are fantastic! More 

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
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303 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Just a few short miles off I-83, on York Rd. in Cockeysville, sits the southern BBQ inspired shack known as Andy Nelson's. I believe that I saw it had a Drive Thru attached to it in the back, as well, which is handy considering it's got a super small parking area and sits off a busy roadway. The BBQ was... More 

Thank Joe S
Andy N, Owner at Andy Nelson's Southern Pit BBQ, responded to this review

Hi Joe, Thank you for your kind words. We are happy to say, yes, we do have a drive through. We are glad that you enjoyed your pit bbq chicken sandwich and sides. We hope to see you again soon. More 

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135 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

I. had heard about this place for years and drove by it a hundred times. Finally got the chance to try it, was not disappointed. First off, it's hard to read the sign when driving on York road, but knew exactly where I was going this time. I got ribs, cole slaw, wife got turkey sandwich. This was more than... More 

Thank KevinBaltimore
Andy N, Owner at Andy Nelson's Southern Pit BBQ, responded to this review

Hi Kevin, Thank you for giving us a try. We are glad to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your meals with us. Thank you for your great tips for your fellow Trip Advisor readers. We look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

2 reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Andy Nelson's is a treasure. The ribs, chicken and pulled pork are all good. My favorite are the rib tips sandwich and the Southern Pit Beef Sandwich. Always a line out the door at lunch, but it moves fast and no one cares. Andy is usually behind the counter delivering orders. There is a choice of sauces, both are strong.... More 

Thank Michael S
Andy N, Owner at Andy Nelson's Southern Pit BBQ, responded to this review

Hi Michael, We are glad to hear that Andy Nelson's BBQ is a treasure for you! We are always thrilled to hear feedback from our guests. We are glad that you have so many favorites with us. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Cockeysville, Maryland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Went for dinner and was very disappointed with the ribs. Second time in a row that we went and left unhappy with our meals. Ribs were way over cooked. This place is a neighborhood favorite that is slowly gone down hill. Let's hope they pick up their game. Because they support many local nonprofits I will go back again.

Thank Jebamu
Andy N, Owner at Andy Nelson's Southern Pit BBQ, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to leave us your feedback. We are sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your meal with us. We are always more than happy to remake a dish for one of our guests,if they are not satisfied with it. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11007 York Rd, Cockeysville, MD 21030
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Cockeysville
  • Phone Number: +1 410-527-1167
Our Family has nearly a century old tradition of serving "Serious Barbecue." Andy Sr. Learned his labor of love from his dad, 'Guy Nelson' - Chief Barbecue Man for Limestone County, Alabama. In the 50's, Andy & Betty were not only attending Memphis State, raising a family, and sighting the real Elvis, but they were also developing a BBQ style all their own, integrating the spiciness of Memphis BBQ with the Old Nelson Family tradition. Andy's not famous for his championship years with the Baltimore Colts; he's famous for his hickory smoked BBQ. Ask Andy and he'll tell you that one of the secrets is slow cooking. Our BBQ is smoked many hours over Hickory logs until it falls off the bone, then simmered in our own heirloom sauce. Regularly voted "Baltimore's Best BBQ" by the staff and readers of Baltimore Magazine and the City Paper, this is one "Q" you won't want to miss. So let us take you and your guests down the Ol' Mississippi with great "Q" and maybe a little Elvis background music (streamed from Andy's iPod, of course). We recommend adding some of our Extra Fixin's to compliment your meal. We have been providing the Maryland area residents with the Best BBQ in a family atmosphere for over 30 years. We have been delivering quality BBQ to our local community and have never lost sight of what "The Best Q" means to our family and our guests. When it comes to BBQ, we make sure that everything is always made from scratch and everything always tastes perfect. I guarantee it! -Andy Nelson

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