One of the best ways to enjoy a cigar is while preparing a barbecue with a couple of friends. The combination of fire, chargrilled meat, and cigar smoke is intoxicating, to say the least. Similarly, it’s a great way to bond when kicking back with the boys (or gals).

In this guide, you will discover the Best Cigars To Smoke At A BBQ:

  1. Nub Habano
  2. Hoyo de Monterrey Épicure N°2
  3. Cain & Nub Straight Ligero Maduro
  4. Psyko Seven Nicaragua
  5. Montecristo White Series Vintage Connecticut
  6. La Gloria Cubana Serie D N°5
  7. Drew Estate Liga Privada N°9
  8. Plasencia Alma del Fuego
  9. Perdomo Champagne Noir
  10. JC Newman Brick House Double Connecticut

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Best Cigars To Smoke With A BBQ

What Are The Best Cigars For A BBQ?

Before you discover the Top 10 Cigars To Smoke At A BBQ, we just want to highlight that the following recommendations aren’t presented in any particular order of preference. Your personal preference plays a role here and we argue that each cigar will have different characteristics suited to the occasion.

Similarly, feel free to leave a comment if you have a personal favourite or feel that we left something out!

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1. Nub Habano

  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Habano
  • Preferred Vitola: 4 x 60 Gordito
  • Assembly: Oliva [Estelí, Nicaragua]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium
  • Smoking Time: 60 Minutes
  • Pricing: $8 / Single
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Although the Nub Connecticut is a firm favourite of ours, we believe that the Habano has a flavour profile that is much better suited for an afternoon barbecue. Thanks to a variety of caramelised and spicy notes, it accords wonderfully with the smell of burning charcoal and chargrilled meat.

Furthermore, it’s ideally sized and is a particularly strategic option if you want to enjoy your cigar while preparing the barbecue. With the spatula in one hand and the cigar in the other, it’s just the right size so that you’ll be finished in time for your steak.

If you’re with friends who haven’t smoked a cigar before, consider also grabbing a few Nub Connecticuts as mentioned above. These are excellent first cigars for beginners.

"The perfect cigar in terms of both format and flavour for a barbecue with the boys."
Bespoke Unit Rating: ★★★★★

2. Hoyo de Monterrey Épicure N°2

  • Filler: San Juan y Martínez [Vuelta Abajo, Cuba]
  • Binder: San Juan y Martínez [Vuelta Abajo, Cuba]
  • Wrapper: San Juan y Martínez [Vuelta Abajo, Cuba]
  • Preferred Vitola: 4 ⅞ x 50 Corona Gorda
  • Assembly: La Corona [Havana, Cuba]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium
  • Smoking Time: 65 Minutes
  • Pricing: $10.30 / Single
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A classic Cuban cigar with a cult following, the Épicure N°2 by Hoyo de Monterrey is celebrated by both veteran and novice cigar enthusiasts. Although quite mild, it provides the smoker with an aromatic blend of rich flavours.

If you’re looking for a solid crowd-pleaser, the Épicure N°2 is hard to beat and will surely be a popular choice. Furthermore, it’s very welcoming for beginners and as a short and mild smoke, it’s a great one for around a burning barbecue even on a hot summer’s day.

3. Cain & Nub Straight Ligero Maduro

Cain & Nub Straight Ligero Maduro Comparison On Box
  • Filler: Estelí, Condega, Jalapa
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan San Andreas
  • Preferred Vitola: Nub 6 x 60 Gordito
  • Assembly: Oliva Cigars [Estelí, Nicaragua]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Mild
  • Smoking Time: 60 Minutes
  • Pricing: $7 / Single
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While many barbecues today are gas-fired, nothing beats the charm of wood or charcoal. Indeed, it requires a little bit of skill and has a few inconveniences. However, the results speak for themselves!

If you’re grilling a thick rib steak over smoky wooden embers, we recommend cigars with robust and full bodies. A great option is the Cain Maduro, which is just composed of oily Ligero leaf. It’s an opulent and powerful experience, which will surely impress you.

You can opt for the smaller Nub version while firing up the grill. Alternatively, the large 6 x 60 Gordito would make an excellent digestif.

4. Psyko Seven Nicaragua

Ventura Cigars Psyko Seven Nicaragua
  • Filler: Estelí, Condega, Jalapa
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: 2007 Nicaraguan Connecticut Claro
  • Preferred Vitola: 5 x 50 Robusto
  • Assembly: AgroTobacos, Nicaragua
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Mild-Medium
  • Smoking Time: 65 Minutes
  • Pricing: $8 / Single
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Released in 2019, the Psyko Seven Nicaragua is the fruit of a collaboration between Patrick Hurd of Ventura Cigars and Indiana Ortez. In her unique Nicaraguan puro blend, she featured her family’s 2007 crop of native Connecticut Claro for the cigar’s wrapper.

Not only is the Psyko Seven very affordable but it’s a surprising cigar to say the least. Although Nicaragua is usually associated with bold flavours, this blend is aromatic, soothing, and yet adventurous, too. If you’re looking for a great option that offers a hint of spice on a hot summer’s day, this would be our favourite.

5. Montecristo White Series Vintage Connecticut

  • Filler: Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Peru
  • Binder: Nicaragua
  • Wrapper: USA 2008 Vintage Connecticut
  • Preferred Vitola:6.5 x 50 Double Corona
  • Assembly: Tabacalera de García [Dominican Rep.]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Mild – Medium
  • Smoking Time: 75 Minutes
  • Pricing: $14 / single [Buy Now]
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Following from the success of the original Montecristo White Series, the Vintage Connecticut swaps out the Ecuadorian wrapper for a genuine American shade-grown from 2008. Furthermore, it adds a hint of Peruvian tobacco in the filler.

As a result, it adds a touch of personality to the celebrated classic for a more exciting and alluring experience. If you have buddies that are familiar with this cigar, surprise them with the Connecticut Vintage and they’ll be impressed!

6. La Gloria Cubana Serie D N°5

La Gloria Cubana Serie D No5 Cigar First Third
  • Filler: Cuban Puro
  • Binder: Cuban Puro
  • Wrapper: Cuban Puro
  • Preferred Vitola:4 1/3 x 50 Petit Corona
  • Assembly: Partagás [Havana Vieja, Cuba]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Mild – Medium
  • Smoking Time: 60 Minutes
  • Pricing: $13 / Single
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Although a Spanish Exclusive, the Serie D N°5 can still be found abroad from the right retailers. Boasting a harmonious flavour profile that offers coffee beans, pine, and cinnamon, it’s a wonderful option as a digestif.

Indeed, it would be somewhat wasted while preparing your barbecue. Instead, this is a cigar that we suggest that you savour afterwards. It accords wonderfully with a variety of spirits. We have even enjoyed it with limoncello!

7. Drew Estate Liga Privada N°9

Drew Estate Liga Privada N°9 Cigar
  • Filler: Honduran & Nicaraguan Cuban Seed
  • Binder: Brazilian Mata Fina
  • Wrapper: Connecticut Broadleaf #1 Darks
  • Preferred Vitola: 6 x 52 Belicoso
  • Assembly: Estelí, Nicaragua
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Full
  • Smoking Time: 90 Minutes
  • Pricing: $15 / Single
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As an opulent cigar, the Liga Privada N°9 is another cigar that pairs best with a wood-fired barbecue. It comes in a variety of vitolas such as the short Flying Pig Gordo perfecto that you can enjoy while preparing the fire. Alternatively, it’s a great evening cigar for kicking back afterwards with a glass in your hand.

If you’re having a barbecue in the evening, this may be one of your best choices. Otherwise, it’s absolutely fine in the afternoon too.

8. Plasencia Alma del Fuego

Plasencia Alma del Fuego Flama Cigar
  • Filler: Nicaraguan Puro
  • Binder: Nicaraguan Puro
  • Wrapper: Nicaraguan Puro
  • Preferred Vitola: 6½ x 38 Flama Panatela
  • Assembly: Plasencia [Estelí, Nicaragua]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Full
  • Smoking Time: 70 Minutes
  • Pricing: $17 / Single
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Another richly-flavoured blend, the Alma del Fuego (Soul of Fire) is an aptly-named choice for your BBQ! The Alma del Fuego is another Nicaraguan puro like the Psyko Seven listed above. Its bold character is reminiscent of its home country’s mineral-rich volcanic soil.

Consequently, we’d primarily suggest this cigar with a wood-fired BBQ with a nice, thick, rib-eye. However, don’t feel that it’s the only way it can be enjoyed!

9. Perdomo Champagne Noir

  • Filler: Nicaraguan
  • Binder: Nicaraguan
  • Wrapper: Cuban Seed Maduro
  • Preferred Vitola: 6 x 54 Toro
  • Assembly: Estelí, Nicaragua
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Medium – Full
  • Smoking Time: 70 Minutes
  • Pricing: $8.50 / Single
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Perdomo’s Champagne Noir features a triple-fermented Cuban-seed Maudor wrapper that has been fermented for over 14 months. This Nicaraguan puro has an additional step and the wrapper is then aged for 6 months in oak bourbon barrels.

The process produces a sweetened caramelised flavour and savoury notes that would harmoniously accord with a rack of honey-glazed pork ribs.

10. JC Newman Brick House Double Connecticut

JC Newman Brick House Connecticut Ash Detail
  • Filler: Nicaragua
  • Binder: Connecticut
  • Wrapper: Connecticut
  • Preferred Vitola: 6 x 52 Toro
  • Assembly: PENSA [Estelí, Nicaragua]
  • Handmade: Yes
  • Body: Mild – Medium
  • Smoking Time: 70 Minutes
  • Pricing: $6.60 / Single
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Produced at the Nicaraguan PENSA factory under the watchful guidance of the talented Fausto Gutiérrez Altamirano, JC Newman’s Brick House is an all-round excellent cigar. Although we suggested the Nub Connecticut for inexperienced cigar smokers, the Brick House is an excellent alternative.

An overall refreshing cigar with creamy aromas and a balanced body, it’s a great option for very hot days when sweltering over the grill. Alterantively, pour yourself a Pilsner or a root beer afterwards, and kick back with this aromatic blend.

What Cigars Should You Smoke At A BBQ?

Unlike some pairings, the cigars that you choose for a barbecue isn’t quite as complicated. In fact, it’s often relatively simple to find the right one for you and your friends! Nevertheless, there are just a few considerations to bear in mind when choosing the cigars that you will all enjoy.

Make Sure Your Cigars Are Well-Stored

Boveda Humidity Packs & Butler Smart SensorFirst and foremost, it’s essential that the cigars are properly stored beforehand. Given that barbecues will take place in warm weather, there’s a chance that they could dry out in the heat. Meanwhile, some places can be particularly humid when it’s warm.

A cigar that’s too dry will burn hot and fast, which will likely ruin the experience by not providing you with any flavours. As for a moist cigar, it may often go out and experience a variety of burning issues.

Therefore, if you don’t own a quality humidor, make sure that you anticipate the cigars’ storage in advance. One of the quickest and cheapest ways to store cigars is simply by making a DIY tupperdor. A tupperdor is an excellent solution if you just have a couple of cigars that you want to store for a few days or weeks.

However, you decide to store your cigars, we recommend that you use Boveda humidification packs to ensure that your cigars remain healthy.

They’re easy to use and require no maintenance. As they offer two-way humidification through reverse osmosis, they diffuse moisture when levels are too dry and absorb it when there’s too much humidity. This way, you needn’t worry about your cigars before you enjoy them.

When Will You Smoke The Cigars?

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A BBQ usually takes place in warm weather and either around lunchtime or occasionally for dinner. Everybody has their own preference or personal barbecue tradition. Therefore, when the barbecue takes places tends to be either the afternoon or evening.

On rare occasions, you may start preparing your barbecue in the morning. However, you’ll unlikely want to smoke the cigar until everybody has arrived and is comfortable.

In our guide to the best afternoon cigars as well as our overview of the ideal evening cigars, we discuss the flavour profiles best suited to those times of the day. You can learn more about the characteristics in those guides.

However, when having a BBQ with friends, there are different times that you may prefer to smoke a cigar:

  • Before the meal around the grill.
  • During the meal.
  • After the meal as a digestif.

If you’re with non-smokers, they may not appreciate cigar smoke around their barbecue. However, there is a lot to be said for pairing food and cigars! We enjoy a short cigar while preparing a barbecue as the aromas of cooked food and smoke go well with its flavours. It’s a great opportunity for friends to chat around the grill while preparing the food.

Yet, some people may find a cigar while cooking somewhat distracting. Similarly, a cigar that’s too large may cause you to rush or not be able to properly finish it.

Therefore, you may prefer to wait until afterwards so you can relax with your cigar and a drink to digest.

If you smoke the cigar afterwards, it’s a great opportunity to chat without any distractions and really relax. After all, some barbecues can get quite intense! At this stage, it may now be the evening or early night. We would, therefore, recommend a cigar with a somewhat full-body to compensate for all the stimuli and smoke that your body has been exposed to.

Pairing The Flavours

Smoking A Cigar While Eating A BBQTake a moment to think about when you plan on smoking the cigar as we described above. Afterwards, consider what you’ll be eating or drinking while smoking the cigar. Once you’ve figured that out, try to choose a cigar that will match the pairing in body and character.

For instance, if you’re having the cigar while digesting after a meal, consider something with some character. However, if you’re drinking lager beer or rosé wine, be careful that it remains a relatively medium-bodied experience overall.

Alternatively, you may have your cigar in the evening and you and your friends enjoy drinking whisky or other spirits. Therefore, a full-bodied cigar with a relatively spicy flavour profile would be your best bet.

Finally, the earlier you have the cigar, and the more nuanced the accompanying flavours, the milder your cigar should be.

With all that being said, don’t worry too much about the cigar you choose. A BBQ is a fun and relaxing occasion for friends to get together. As a result, we suggest finding something laid back and easy to smoke that everyone can appreciate without taking it too seriously.

How Did We Rank These Cigars?

Montecristo Linea 1935 & Bespoke Unit Cigar FormulaWe have at least formally tested or fully-reviewed every cigar that has been listed in this guide. As a result, we haven’t included anything that hasn’t been sampled in a professional setting.

Similarly, each cigar has been tested using the Bespoke Unit Cigar Formula, a quantifiable review matrix that we developed for ensuring that our reviews are balanced and standardised.

We have incorporated it into all of our cigar reviews since we covered the Avo Nicaragua in August 2019. Nevertheless, we regularly revisit it to improve and optimise its structure.

Consequently, you can be confident that the cigars listed here were carefully and thoughtfully curated rather than assembled by random.

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