Where I come from, barbeque is a religion, and everyone has an opinion. From Kansas City ribs to Texas brisket, to the Carolinas for pulled pork with a vinegar-based sauce and then over to Alabama for some white sauce, you can get lost in the details of delicious. We can debate the merits of regional sauce styles or just agree that there’s nothing better than a big ole plate of barbeque in the Summer. Las Vegas brings great barbeque to the table, no matter where you’re from.
Rollin’ Smoke Barbeque
With more than two decades of barbeque experience between them, the father and son duo behind Rollin Smoke prepare hickory-smoked barbeque at three Las Vegas locations. This Arkansas-style barbeque is cooked slow on low heat and served with soul-warming sides. Menu favorites: Smoked Meatloaf, Brisket Three Ways, Collard Greens
3185 S Highland Dr,
Las Vegas, NV 89109
4115 S Grand Canyon Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89147
Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ and Tavern is a collaboration between Rick Harrison (Pawn Stars) and Rollin Smoke Barbeque and is located next door to Gold & Silver Shop.
Pro Tip: Locals should take advantage of all-day happy hour specials and 20% off.
John Mull’s Road Kill Grill
Since 1954 John Mull and his family have been providing Las Vegas with the top-quality meat. Rubbed with a custom blend of seasoning and cooked for 16 hours, the barbeque at John Mull’s Road Kill Grill is worth the drive. Come prepared to enjoy the picnic-style meals at the covered outdoor tables or take their meals home to enjoy.
Pro Tip: Look for community events sponsored by John Mull’s Road Kill Grill.
John Mull’s Meats & Road Kill Grill
3730 Thom Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89130 Road Kill Grill 2
11357 N Decatur
Las Vegas, NV 89130
Jessie Rae’s BBQ
5611 South Valley View Boulevard
Las Vegas, Nevada 89119
Located just behind the Mandalay Bay, Jessie’s Rae’s has a style of their own and it’s known as Las Vegas style barbeque. The award-winning restaurant serves up classic barbeque and unique dishes that could win over any barbeque lover.
Menu Favorites: Jive Chicken and Maniac Fries
Sin City Smokers
2861 N. Green Valley Pkwy.
Henderson, NV 89014
If championship barbeque is what you crave, head over to Sin City Smokers in Henderson. Known for the ribs have won multiple trophies, Steve and his team have competed against the best. Sin City Smokers should be added to your barbeque bucket list.
Pro Tip: Full Rack Friday – Full Rack of Baby Back Ribs $15.99
Menu Favorites: The Texas Melt, Pork Star, Low Carb BBQ Salad
Virgil’s Real Barbeque
3545 Las Vegas Boulevard S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Most often compared to Memphis-style barbeque, Virgil’s Real Barbeque serves up hearty southern meals and craft beer on the Las Vegas Strip. Located in the LINQ Promenade, enjoy some of Las Vegas’ best barbeque in the middle of all of the action.
Menu Favorites: Carolina Pulled Chicken and Homemade Potato Chips
Bonus: While the kitchen isn’t allergen-free, Virgil’s Real Barbeque does its best to accommodate the allergies of its patients, including providing a menu with suggestions on meals.
10895 South Eastern Avenue, Suite 130
Henderson, Nevada 89052
Bell’s BBQ is chef-driven, serving up tasty meats with amazing sauces, including the “slightly Carolina style” house sauce. Go for the beef ribs, but make sure to leave plenty of room for the sides and desserts. Bell’s menu includes more than 20 side options that make decisions difficult. The restaurant’s famed Sweet Jars are filled with banana pudding, crème brulee, s’mores, red velvet cake and more.
Pro Tip: Kids eat free on Tuesdays
Menu Favorites: Buffalo-fried cauliflower and crispy brussel sprouts
Bonus: Bell’s BBQ offers a gluten-free menu.
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