Las Vegas is known for having a lot of different types of great cuisine, but one it’s not really known for is barbecue. There are a few places on the Strip where you can get barbecue but you’ll have to go off the beaten path to find most of it. The good news is that we did the research for you. Here are 10 places where you can satisfy your craving for barbecue in Las Vegas:
On the Strip
Gilley’s at Treasure Island: Gilley’s serves barbecue and other country favorites. You’ll find menu items like St. Louis spare ribs, baby back ribs, Meyers hot links from Texas, BBQ pulled pork, and brisket braised in apple juice and finished in a smoker. For sides, dig into chipotle cheddar tater tots, molasses baked beans and white cheddar and green chili grits.
Harley-Davidson Café on the Strip: The Harley-Davidson Café features a “Road Burnin’ Bar-B-Que Pit” menu with items like Carolina pulled pork sandwiches, barbecued brisket and barbecue sliders. Other choices include Kansas City-style baby back ribs and a barbecue chicken dinner.
Double Barrel Roadhouse at Monte Carlo: Double Barrel serves American comfort cuisine and that includes barbecue. Enjoy brisket, St. Louis ribs, chicken and extras like cheddar cheese biscuits, braised collard greens, barbecue baked beans and more. The restaurant has a lively atmosphere with handcrafted drinks and live entertainment.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on Las Vegas Boulevard (near Las Vegas Premium Outlets South): This Texas-based chain restaurant serves a variety of hickory smoked meats like beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, Polish sausage, turkey breast and chicken. Sides include jalapeno beans, green beans with bacon, fried okra and butter rolls. Bonus: There’s also free ice cream every day.
Note: A new barbecue restaurant, Pot Liquor CAS (Contemporary American Smokehouse) is schedule to open in late August at Town Square on Las Vegas Boulevard. The smokehouse will offer twists on Southern cuisine. Entrees will include Texas style sliced beef brisket, hangar steak over oxtail ragu, fried catfish Benedict and Carolina chopped pulled pork.
Off the Strip
Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que at The District at Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Hotel Casino: Lucille’s barbecue is slowly smoked with hickory wood at a constant temperature of 225 degrees for hours. Enjoy the results in their baby back ribs, St. Louis spare ribs, smoked chicken, Texas-style beef brisket and more.
Rollin Smoke, 3185 S. Highland Dr.: Rollin Smoke features hickory smoked barbecue and serves items like pulled pork, brisket, hot links and rib tips. Sides include bacon potato salad, jalapeno coleslaw, fried okra, hush puppies and more.
TC’s Rib Crib, 3655 S. Durango Dr.: The family-owned TC’s specializes in ribs, brisket, beef tips, hot and spicy chicken wings, pulled pork and more. Sides are made from family recipes and include fried jalapenos, cornbread and baked beans.
Big Ern’s at Downtown Container Park: The Downtown Container Park on East Fremont St. features an assortment of small boutiques, galleries, bars and small eateries like Big Ern’s. The restaurant serves items like smoked brisket, pulled pork and hot links with sides including coleslaw, BBQ pork and beans and mac and cheese.
John Mull’s Road Kill Grill, 3730 Thom Blvd.: This restaurant has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dive” and serves meals like a half chicken dinner, rib tip dinner, brisket, hot links, and tri-tip and pulled pork sandwiches. Enjoy coleslaw and potato salad as sides and save room for apple and peach cobbler for dessert. You can eat at picnic tables under a covered patio or take your food to go.
Memphis Championship Barbecue, 2250 E. Warm Springs Rd.: The meats here are applewood smoked and feature a unique blend of spices called “Magic Dust.” You’ll find appetizers like fried dill pickles, pork rinds and deviled eggs. Main dishes include baby back ribs, smoked beef sausage, smoked turkey, pulled chicken sandwiches and more. For sides, try collard greens, hush puppies, red beans and rice and creamed corn.
Truck U Barbeque food truck: Food Network star Chef Mike Minor operates this food truck, which serves barbecue with a Mexican twist. Enjoy menu items like pulled pork tacos with honey chipotle cabbage slaw, slow smoked brisket tacos with barbecue aioli, barbecue fries and maple bacon donuts for dessert.