Get your grill on: Our favorite barbecue joints in Vegas

Father’s Day is this weekend and if you’re like millions of dads you love to fire up the grill and barbecue. If you’re celebrating in Vegas with dear old dad this weekend you’re probably not doing your own grilling but you can still take dad out for a great meal. Here are some of our favorite places in Vegas for barbecue:

Photo courtesy of Big Ern's.

Photo courtesy of Big Ern’s.

Big Ern’s at Downtown Container Park or Fiesta Rancho
Big Ern’s serves up everything you’re looking for in a barbecue joint. You’ll find pulled pork and chicken sandwiches, brisket, hot links, pulled pork, St. Louis-style ribs and chicken dinners. The dinners come with a side like coleslaw or barbecued pork and beans and a roll. On the lighter side you an order salads and add pulled pork or beef brisket. Be sure to top off your meal with pineapple upside down cake.

Photo courtesy of Pot Liquor.

Photo courtesy of Pot Liquor.

Pot Liquor CAS (Contemporary American Smokehouse) at Town Square
The name of this restaurant might sound strange but if you’re from the South you might already know that it comes from the name for the liquid that’s left behind after boiling greens.

Pot Liquor serves authentic Southern-style barbecue with a contemporary twist. They take 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.

Entrees 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 and you can choose from things like collard greens, candied yams, grilled corn succotash and fries with Alabama white sauce (a tangy mayo based sauce).

John Mull’s Meats and Roadkill Grill, 3730 Thom Blvd.
This local favorite has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” They serve 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.

Photo courtesy of Rollin Smoke.

Photo courtesy of Rollin Smoke.

Rollin Smoke – 3185 Highland Dr. and Rick’s Rollin Smoke in Pawn Plaza
Local favorite Rollin’ Smoke features Southern-style hickory smoked barbecue from a father and son team. Meats include pulled pork, burnt ends, brisket, hot links and rib tips. You can order your meat in sandwiches, salads, on top of a baked potato and more. Several homemade sauces are available including sweet, spicy, Carolina vinegar and “dam” hot.

We like the brisket dog – a quarter pound beef hot dog topped with brisket, cheese and onion strings. Sides include bacon potato salad, chipotle coleslaw, corn bread, dirty rice and more. Be sure to indulge in Southern peach cobbler, a root beer float or banana pudding for dessert.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que at Green Valley Ranch or Red Rock Casino Resort
 serves Southern-style barbeque favorites. The meats are cooked slowly at a constant temperature over hickory wood. You can even watch the tri tip or brisket or rack of ribs being cooked right in front of you in the dining room smoker.

Choose from 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, Southern braised greens, honey roasted peanut slaw, watermelon or fresh corn on the cob.

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 (spare ribs, beef ribs or baby back 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 mac & cheese, greens, potato salad and cornbread, which is served with every order. You’ll definitely want to save room for desserts like cobblers, glazed donut bread, and banana pudding.

You can even get your barbecue fix during breakfast on Saturday and Sunday with items like grits, catfish and eggs, hot links and eggs and wings and eggs.

Enjoy sides like cheese fries and tater tots, photo courtesy of Gilley's.

Enjoy sides like cheese fries and tater tots, photo courtesy of Gilley’s.

Gilley’s at Treasure Island
Want to fuel up before doing some country line dancing? Head to the restaurant at Gilley’s nightclub for some barbecue. 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 a jalapeno cornbread muffin. For sides, choose from buttermilk whipped potatoes, green bean casserole, molasses baked beans, spicy cheddar tater tots and white cheddar and green chili grits.

If you still have room, go for the peach cobbler or banana caramel pudding.

Beef brisket, photo courtesy of Double Barrel at Monte Carlo.

Beef brisket, photo courtesy of Double Barrel at Monte Carlo.

Double Barrel at Monte Carlo
Double Barrel serves American comfort food with a Southern twist and you’ll find lots of barbecue items on the menu. The meats are dry or wet rub marinated for 24 hours, smoked for up to five hours and grilled on a mix of of peach wood, apple wood, and mesquite charcoal.

On the menu you’ll find appetizers like burnt ends, loaded potato skins topped with brisket and pig candy – apple smoked candied bacon served with cornbread.

Entrées include 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, sweet potato fries, creamed corn and garlic mashed potatoes.

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


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