Here are the best of the best BBQ Restaurants located in Las Vegas.
In the midst of all the fine elegant dining in Las Vegas there exists a loyal following for Barbecue. As a result Las Vegas Direct has put a special panel together to find and review the Top 10 Barbecue Restaurants. In creating this list we noticed there are many different spellings for Barbecue. These include BBQ, Bar-B-Q, Barbie and Barbeque, but like somebody said, “It’s all good.”
The panel was made up of a food critic, local residents, ourselves and a few tourists who practically swore they were barbecue experts.
1 – Rollin Smoke Barbeque
Located just off the Strip – 3185 S Highland Dr. Las Vegas, NV
Open: Mon-Thurs 10am-8:30pm, Fri-Sat 10am-1:30am.
Reservations are not accepted.
Rollin Smoke Barbeque is “off the chain” good. The food was just amazing! It is a small family-run business that you might otherwise pass by without even noticing. We had a Meat Trio consisting of brisket, pork and ribs with waffle fries and Mac n Cheese. The meats were tender, juicy and full of smoked goodness flavor. The house BBQ sauce adds even more flavor than we thought possible.
The waffle fries were very crispy. You will want to order extra. You can order an All You Can Eat plate of beef ribs if you can handle it and the price is reasonable too. Sides include traditional corn bread, fried onion straws, greens, and even corn nuggets. Yum is all I can say. Pulled pork, hot links, beef ribs, pork ribs, and rib tips are all smoked to perfection and simply delectable.
The chicken and brisket were good too with a a perfectly matched sauce that was not too sweet or overly spicy. They also have a fantastic smoked meatloaf which is very unique and super tasty. If you can possibly have room for dessert, go for the cobbler. The only downside was that the place itself isn’t much to look at when it comes to decor, but they keep it very clean. The location is a bit off the beaten path, but that is a small price to pay for such delicious food.
2 – John Mull’s Meats & Road Kill Grill
3730 Thom Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89130
Grill Hours: Mon-Sat 11am – 6pm. Closed on Sundays.
Phone: (702) 645-1200
11357 N. Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89131
Grill Hours: Wed-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri 11am-5pm. Sat/Sun 8am-5pm.
Featured on “Diners Dives and Drive-ins,” The Road Kill Grill was first opened over 70 years ago as a slaughterhouse by John Mull. While they are no longer slaughtering meats, wild game from permit-holding hunters is still accepted and processed for a fee. You will find some amazing BBQ at this hidden gem. The place has not change much and they serve diners in their own backyard.
Most of their meats take 16-hours or longer to prepare and they use a special blend of seasonings mixed with salt, sugar, and spices. One of their secrets is the use of a unique variety of peppers that are roasted and ground up a day before use for freshness and peak flavor. They vacuum tumble the meats for 16 hours in the rub for super tender meats. The meat next is boiled in the marinate and finally grilled to perfection. The meat comes out full of flavor and is very juicy, so no extra sauce is needed.
3 – Jessie Rae’s BBQ
Located Behind the Mandalay Bay Hotel
5611 South Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89118
Hours: Mon-Sun 11:30am-8:30pm. Phone:(702) 541-5546
Jessie Rae’s features award winning slow smoked ribs, chicken, pulled pork, hot links, brisket and more. They have many different types of BBQ and call it Las Vegas barbecue to reflect it. Sauces include Alabama white sauce, Carolina Vinegar sauce (called Pig Sweat), one made from the hottest reaper peppers (fallen Angel) , and their award winning God Sauce. You can also mix things up to make your own fused sauces.
You must try their amazing waffle french fries that have different kinds of smoked meats and sauces.
4 – Mesa Grill
Located inside Caesars Palace
3570 Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV
Lunch: Mon-Fri 11am – 2:30pm. Dinner: Daily 5pm – 11pm
Brunch: Sat and Sun 10:30am – 3pm.
Reservations: A good idea, (702) 650-5965
Many people think that for a barbecue restaurant to be good it must have rickety tables and sawdust on the floor. This is certainly not true for the Mesa Grill which is located in the middle of Caesars Palace.
The Mesa Grill is unique for two reasons. First, it combines typical American barbecue with the flavors and spices of Southwest cuisine. Secondly, it is run by the television celebrity chef Bobby Flay, who puts a gourmet twist to almost every item on the menu.
Typical menu items are New Mexico spiced rubbed pork, spicy chicken, coffee rubbed fillet mignon, Black Angus steak and their special Mesa burger.
Along with the meat servings there is a variety of seafood and side dishes all with a Southwest cuisine flavor. In addition there are two items in the appetizer menu not to be missed. They are Yucatan Chicken Tacos and Roasted Corn Soup. A real winner on the dessert menu is Deep Dish Banana Pie with peanut brittle.
5 – Big B’s Texas BBQ
3019 St Rose Pkwy #130, Henderson, NV 89052.
Located on the outskirts of Las Vegas in Henderson, but definitely worth the drive. As soon as you walk in you will see a huge BBQ filled with wonderful smoked meats behind the cashier. Features premium meats include chicken, hot links, brisket, trip-tip, smoked turkey, pulled pork, baby back and beef ribs that have been smoked for over 12 hours. They have amazing fall off the bone pork ribs. Even their baked beans are worth raving about.
6 – Famous Dave’s
Located 11 miles from the Strip – 1951 N Rainbow Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89108
Open: Mon-Thu 11am-10pm. Reservations are accepted.
This is a great BBQ joint. Even though it is a “chain,” you won’t find much better BBQ anywhere else in town. They start out bringing you homemade chips to try all the sauces with before your plates arrived. It is a fabulous idea so you can taste all the great sauces using the chips instead of with your fingers. Some of the sauces are really hot, so taste with caution.
They have what are possibly the best ribs we have ever eaten, and trust us, we have eaten plenty of ribs! Each rib is super tender and falls of the bone – and with the sauces provided, we all were simply in heaven. We made full use of the big paper towels at each table. The portions are huge too, so you might be taking some ribs home with you to enjoy later.
The fries are simply awesome. Even the beans were extremely good. Corn on the cob and a corn muffin come with dinners, which was also very tasty. We liked the corn muffin so much that we ordered a box to take home for a very reasonable price. We tried the jalapeno Mac and Cheese (not sure how we had the room for it) and liked it a lot. The BBQ chicken is an excellent choice for variety and very juicy. Sausage is served with a very flavorful mustard relish and was a big hit too. Dessert was a bit limited, but we really did not have any room left for it. Head on over to Famous Dave’s and you won’t be disappointed!
7 – Lucille’s Smokehouse Barbecue
Located at The Red Rock Casino Resort
11011 West Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89135
Open 11am-10pm Mon-Thur & Sun. 11am-11pm Fri & Sat
It isn’t too often that our panel will review a restaurant that is outside of Las Vegas . Since Lucille’s Smokehouse is only a fifteen minute drive and so many good things have been said about the place we decided to go there. Lucille’s is located in Henderson which actually has a few interesting places to visit, such as a huge chocolate factory.
Lucille’s Smokehouse had its origins in a small lunch shack just outside of Greenville, Texas. Lucille’s grandmother owned the place and developed (you guessed it) a secret sauce. Lucille was sworn never to give the recipe to another soul. Somehow the oath must have been broken because there is now a chain of Lucille’s Smokehouses.
The restaurant has a western look on the outside. Inside it is clean and all that you would expect of a barbecue restaurant.
Before getting into the menu, you should know there is a full bar located in their Flying Pig Lounge. The lounge has live musical entertainment almost every weekend from 7pm to closing.
The menu itself offers Baby Back Ribs, St Louis Ribs, Beef Ribs, Beef Brisket, Tri tip and ½ Smoked Chicken. Other items include Pork Chops, Pan Blackened Catfish, New York and Sirloin Steak, Jambalaya, Smoked Chicken Pasta, Smoked Salmon, Fried Chicken, New Orleans Gumbo and Mardi Gras Chicken.
On the appetizer menu you will find Fried Pickles, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Okra, Sweet Potato Fries, Onion Straws, Spinach and Cheese Dip, Shrimp and Wings. Make sure and sample the homemade Biscuits with Apple Butter.
Even though we did not try each and every item on the menu we thoroughly enjoyed both the Baby Back and St Louis Ribs. They were tender, tasty and delicious. The Sweet Potato Fries and the Coleslaw went well with the meal. Nobody was too enthused about their coffee.
There is a really first rate Corn Chowder on the soup and salad menu along with an assortment of salads made with either Chicken, Tri tip, brisket, Sirloin or Smoked Salmon.
Lucille’s Smokehouse has a Sandwich Menu. Almost all of their barbecued and smoked meats are available for sandwiches. Additionally they serve a very decent looking ham or cheese burger. The restaurant also has a diverse sides menu. It has various forms of potatoes – mashed with garlic, fried, baked, potato salad, as well as grits, beans, and braised vegetables along with macaroni and cheese.
If you are into desserts (who isn’t?) here are your choices: Chocolate Cake, Ice Cream Pie, Banana Pudding, Red Velvet Cake, Fruit Cobbler and Bread Pudding.
8 – Sin City Smokers BBQ
2861 N Green Valley Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89014
Hours: 10am-8pm daily.
While a bit of a drive, this local favorite is one of the best places for brisket and ribs. They even won a Jack Daniels-sponsored World Championship BBQ Tournament. They also have wonderful sauces, but their meats are so flavorful on their own that you probably won’t need them. Brisket can be tricky to make right, but Sin City Smokers has just the right amount of fat and flavor. We also enjoyed their BBQ sandwiches.
9 – Tony Roma’s Ribs Seafood & Steaks
Located in the Fremont Hotel – 200 E Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV
Hours: Sun-Thur 4:30pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 4:30-midnight
Phone: 702 385-3232
When selecting the top 10 barbecue restaurants in Las Vegas it is easy to forget about Tony Roma’s. It has been around so long that we just take it for granted and look for new places.
As we found out, it has been around so long because it is a very good place to eat. The original Tony Roma’s started in Miami , Florida in 1972. It did so well with its ribs that locations grew throughout the United States . At this time they have nearly 200 restaurants in 32 different countries. This includes one in Tokyo , Japan that has been there since 1978.
Their secret of success seems to be; discover what people like to eat and serve it to them in a pleasant clean atmosphere.
There is full bar service at the restaurant which includes some very fancy margaritas.
On the starter menu there is one item you should consider ordering, potato soup. It is served with bacon, cheddar cheese and chives, and is excellent.
Tony’s has numerous menu items including steak, seafood, chicken, pasta sandwich, salad, lunch and dessert. But the barbecue menu is what Tony Roma’s is all about.
The barbecue menu features ribs and combination dinners. Most popular are the baby back ribs which are served with your choice of sauces. They also serve St Louis ribs which are a bit more marbled and much meatier than baby backs. You can order beef ribs or beef short ribs. The short ribs are topped with a wine glaze.
They have a combination plate of ½ rack of baby back ribs and filet medallions. There is also a combination of ½ rack of St Louis ribs and your choice of chicken, shrimp or salmon.
Another interesting combination is a St Louis rib sampler served with four different sauces.
There is of course a sides menu: rice pilaf, coleslaw, fried potatoes, and potatoes mashed or baked. Fresh or fire roasted vegetables are available as well as corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, and creamed spinach.
Some very smart person at Tony Roma’s figured out that they should make the desserts a small size so the patrons would not feel too guilty ordering them. Unfortunately, they also give you the option of ordering any three at the same time. For those of you health-minded enough not to take advantage of this option, here are the choices: red velvet cake, key lime tart, raspberry brownie royale, golden apple tart, strawberry cheesecake and chocolate chunk cookie sandwich.
At the end of our meal all the panel members agreed the food was good, the service was good, and that we would all be willing to come back to Tony Roma’s.
10 – Ohana Hawaiian BBQ
Several Locations Available:
Hours: Mon-Thur 11am-9:30pm. Fri-Sat 11am-10pm.
4360 Blue Diamond Rd #107, Las Vegas, NV 89139
7435 Durango #104, Las Vegas, NV 89139
7435 S Eastern Ave #107, Las Vegas, NV 89139
7945 S. Rainbow Blvd Ste A, Las Vegas, NV 89139
We usually think of barbecue as coming from the southern parts of the United States , such as Texas or Louisiana. When somebody mentioned they heard interesting things about a Hawaiian barbecue, we decided to check them out. As you can see, they made our Top 10 List.
Ohanas came to the mainland from Hawaii in 1999. The mainland restaurant that opened seemed to blossom in California . They then branched out throughout the country, including Alaska. As of today, they have approximately 200 restaurants. One of our panel members said, “They must be doing something right.”
The appetizers or starters on the menu have an Asian flair. They serve a saimin or noodle soup made with your choice of chicken, beef, fried shrimp or spam (spam is not a misprint).
You can order musubi which is another name for sushi type rice rolls made with either Portuguese sausage, chicken or spam.
The side order menu contains some unusual items: Malasadas which are an unsweetened donut like food. Gyoza are similar to dumplings served in Chinese restaurants but from Japan. Kimchi from Korea which is a fermented garlic pickled cabbage. Manapua – a pork filled roll. French fries with gravy. Macaroni salad. Shrimp garlic noodles.
When it comes to the main menu items there is an assortment of combinations plates. They offer a seafood platter consisting of breaded shrimp and mahi mahi with a choice of Hawaiian barbecue beef, chicken or short ribs. Their Chicken Katsu, a Japanese style crispy fried cutlet, is one of their most popular items.
There is a seafood platter without any meat. One of the more popular items is a mixed barbecue combination plate consisting of Hawaiian barbecued beef, chicken and short ribs.
Ohana’s also has a lunch menu which includes hamburgers and sandwiches of barbecued salmon or mahi mahi, along with pork dishes and Portuguese sausages.
It should be mentioned that their menu prices are quite moderate. Even though Oharas is not a fine gourmet restaurant, the food and service were good and we enjoyed ourselves.
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