Get your barbecue fix in Vegas

Las Vegas has thousands of great restaurants with every type of cuisine imaginable. We’re known for everything from buffets to gourmet dining rooms. One thing we’re not really known for is barbecue.

But don’t worry — if you do your homework (and hey, we did it for you!) it is possible to find some smokin’ good places to enjoy ribs, brisket, pulled pork and all those other delicious barbecue favorites. Here are some places to try, both on the Strip and off the beaten path.

On the Strip

Double Barrel's barbecued brisket sliders, photo courtesy of Double Barrel

Double Barrel’s barbecued brisket sliders, photo courtesy of Double Barrel

Double Barrel at Monte Carlo
Double Barrel serves down-home American comfort food with a Southern twist. On the menu you’ll find wood grilled steak slathered in barbecue sauce, smoked St. Louis ribs, barbecued beef brisket, barbecued pulled pork and beef, barbecued chicken and more.

In traditional Southern style, each dish is complemented with a fresh biscuit, sweet honey butter and a choice of side from selections including mac & cheese, spicy apple coleslaw, sweet potato fries and baked beans.

Mopped ribs at Pot Liquor, photo courtesy of Pot Liquor

Mopped ribs at Pot Liquor, photo courtesy of Pot Liquor

Pot Liquor at Town Square
Pot Liquor CAS (Contemporary American Smokehouse) at Town Square on Las Vegas Boulevard serves authentic Southern-style barbecue with a contemporary twist.

The name might sound strange but it comes from the name for the liquid that’s left behind after boiling greens. If you’re from the South you probably already knew that.

Pot Liquor offers a wide selection of contemporary barbecue cuisine with elements from each of the traditional barbecue regions like Memphis, Nashville, North and South Carolina, Kansas City and Texas.

Menu highlights include appetizers such as Kansas City-style burnt ends, pork belly with country grits and grilled prawns with boudin noir.

For the main course, options include a Texas-style sliced beef brisket, Carolina pulled pork and Memphis-style dry rubbed spareribs. The meats are cooked slowly with a custom blend of sweet and hardwoods. Dinners come with two sides like collard greens, candied yams, grilled corn succotash and fries with Alabama white sauce (we had to look that one up – it’s a tangy mayo based sauce).

Gilley's 10-Gallon Platter, photo by Beverly Poppe, courtesy of Las Vegas Weekly

Gilley’s 10-Gallon Platter, photo courtesy of Las Vegas Weekly

Gilley’s at Treasure Island
has a pretty sizable barbecue menu. You’ll find 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. The barbecue dishes come with two sides and house-made corn bread. For sides, dig into buttermilk whipped potatoes, green bean casserole and white cheddar and green chili grits.

If you’ve really got a big appetite or are looking to share with a friend, go for the Ten Gallon Platter. It’s stacked with  ribs, rotisserie chicken, pulled pork and hot links with your choice of Carolina mustard, smoked onion or Jack Daniels sauces. Still have room after all that? We recommend the hot apple biscuit bread pudding. Don’t worry – you can stick around Gilley’s nightclub and line dance all of those calories away.

PBR Rock Bar at Planet Hollywood
PBR Rock Bar
serves comfort food and that includes barbecue. Menu items include house smoked barbecue pork ribs and hickory smoked brisket. Sides include baked beans, corn on the cob, firecracker coleslaw, sweet potato tater tots and the must-try Doritos crusted mac and cheese.

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. “Side Cars” include baked beans, mac & cheese, coleslaw and corn on the cob.

Off the Strip

Road Kill Grill, photo by Beverly Poppe, courtesy of Las Vegas Weekly

Road Kill Grill, photo courtesy of Las Vegas Weekly

John Mull’s Meats and Roadkill Grill, 3730 Thom Blvd.
You know a restaurant is good when it’s been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Local favorite Roadkill Grill 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.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que at Green Valley Ranch or Red Rock Casino Resort
serves Southern-style barbeque favorites. Choose from hickory smoked baby back ribs, St. Louis spare ribs seasoned with Lucille’s special rub, Texas-style beef brisket with mop sauce, smoked barbecued chicken, barbecued tri tip and more. Barbecue dishes come with two sides like potato salad, creamy cheese grits, watermelon or braised greens.

Rollin’ Smoke  3185 S. Highland Dr.
Local favorite Rollin’ Smoke features Southern-style hickory smoked barbecue from a father and son team. Meats include pulled pork, brisket, hot links and rib tips. You can order your meat in sandwiches, salads, on top of a baked potato and more.

Sides include bacon potato salad, chipotle coleslaw, corn bread, dirty rice and more. Be sure to indulge in Southern peach cobbler or banana pudding for dessert.

Baby back ribs at TC's Rib Crib, photo courtesy of Las Vegas Weekly

Baby back ribs at TC’s Rib Crib, photo courtesy of Las Vegas Weekly

TC’s Rib Crib, 3655 S. Durango Dr.
If you’re looking for some traditional Southern family cooking you’ll want to try the family-owned TC’s. They specialize in ribs, brisket, beef tips, hot and spicy chicken wings, pulled pork and more topped with a secret homemade sauce. Sides are made from family recipes and include fried jalapenos, baked beans, fried okra and cornbread, which is served with every order. You’ll definitely want to save room for desserts like cobblers, glazed donut bread, buttermilk pie and sweet potato pie.

Big Ern’s at Downtown Container Park
Big Ern’s
has a pretty simple, straightforward menu offering everything you’re looking for in a barbecue joint. There are sandwiches like pulled pork and chicken, brisket dinners, hot link dinners, pulled pork dinners, rib dinners and chicken dinners. The dinners come with two traditional sides like coleslaw or pork and beans and a roll. Big Ern’s also has desserts like cake, puddings and pies to top off your meal.

If you’ve still got an appetite, check our our list of more barbecue restaurants.


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