Sonny’s BBQ Serves these Southern-Style Dairy-Free Menu Items


Updated October 2020! If you’re looking for real Southern barbecue without the fuss, then Sonny’s BBQ might be a good option. As you might expect, they offer quite a few dairy-free meats that are slow-smoked, fire-grilled, or both. Most can be enjoyed as a meal, with dairy-free sides, or in a simple sandwich. But we have even more details about Sonny’s BBQ below.

Sonny's BBQ Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Allergen Notes - Quick List

Dairy-Free Menu Guide for Sonny’s BBQ

Unfortunately, Sonny’s BBQ allergen menu is all about making deductions, which leaves much room for error. They list which items contain milk (or other allergens) but not all menu items. This means it’s hard to cross-reference for what you can order, and is an issue as menu items change. And some menu items are obviously missing. We did our best to put together a quick list of possible dairy-free options. But as always, double check with their staff before ordering any of these items. We have followed up with the Sonny’s BBQ team, and will update if we are able to get more information.


  • Fried Okra*
  • Chicken Wings with Bar-B-Q Sauce

Note: The Fried Pickles were not covered on their allergen chart.

Entrees (without sides)

  • Pulled Pork
  • Sliced Pork
  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Louis Ribs
  • Beef Brisket
  • Pulled Chicken
  • Half Chicken
  • Smoked Turkey

Sandwiches (without sides)

  • Beef Brisket
  • Smoked Turkey
  • Pulled Chicken

Note: The buns at Sonny’s BBQ are listed as milk-free, but they do list margarine on their “contains milk” menu. Make sure they do not “butter” the buns. Their Grilled Chicken does contain dairy, and their burger might contain dairy – check with your server. They use Garlic Bread instead of buns for their pork sandwiches, which does contain milk.


  • BBQ Beans
  • Crinkle-Cut Fries*
  • Baked Sweet Potato
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Potato Salad


Note: Their menu salads contain dairy. You can custom order a salad or get the salad bar and choose dairy-free items.

Dairy-Free Salad Dressings: Balsamic Vinaigrette, Creamy Italian, Golden Italian, French, Thousand Island, French, Fat Free Raspberry, Low Cal Italian, Low Cal Red French.

Kids’ Menu

  • Chicken Tenders*

Note: Other menu items, like the Hamburger, Hot Dog, and Kids Ribs were not covered on the allergen listings. Ask your server if interested in these items.

*Some of the fried items at Sonny’s BBQ do contain dairy, and there is a high possibility that they use shared fryers. Double check at the location if you are concerned about potential cross contamination.

This Post is for Informational Purposes Only

Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation. This post is for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as advice.

There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.

Sonny's BBQ Dairy-Free Menu Guide with Allergen Notes - Quick List

Where to Find Sonny’s BBQ

Sonny’s BBQ has locations dotted all across Florida, but they also have locations in other Southeastern states. See their website below for addresses, hours, and contact information.


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April 19, 2021

Alfa’s come with cheese and ranch was the only salad dressing option when we ordered through drive through but only found out after waiting in the pickup parking spot for quite a while. I didn’t think to ask about cheese on the salad since it was listed as dairy free at the restaurant- my mistake, but wanted to warn others. We can go back through to order a different side and it isn’t their mistake to fix so I’ll go without. Just wanted to prevent others from making the same mistake if in a hurry like us.

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Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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