Vegaster 7: The 7 Best BBQ Joints in Vegas
Real BBQ is much more than throwing some meat on a grill and calling it cooked. It’s culinary art that includes the right cuts, sauces and sides to go with it. When done right, you have a feast that leaves you licking your fingers and begging for more. Got that BBQ craving? Any one of these Vegas restaurants deserve accolades for their interpretations of home cookin’ – southern style:
Big Erns BBQ – Big Ern’s humble beginnings were as a tent and smoker on a downtown side street. But their big flavors called for bigger space, leading to two separate downtown locales – one at Container Park and the other inside the Fiesta Rancho Hotel & Casino food court. Take your pick and dig in to a plentitude of seasoned meats and southern style sides.
Pot Liquor- Voted as being the best BBQ in Vegas, Pot Liquor CAS is a long standing finger lickin’ favorite in Vegas. Found inside the Town Square, they have a menu chock full of traditional southern fare and flare – alongside tasty surprises. Moinks were our fave. There was just no resisting a meatball that has been wrapped in bacon and served with a spicy slaw.
Rick’s Rollin Smoke Barbeque & Tavern – The infamous Rick from TV’s Pawn Stars shot for the moon when picking food for his Pawn Plaza and hit a star with Rollin’ Smoke. Already known for being “low and slow” around Vegas, this second location is making a big stir with its simple menu of good eats. Go really hungry and go for the all you can eat deal, served any day at any time.
Lucille’s Smokehouse – The Red Rock’s Lucille’s hits all the marks in great barbecue. Succulent meats, savory sauces and tempting sides to please any palate are all featured on the menu. Bring the whole gang and share a super feast of ribs, chicken, and pulled meats served with your choice of six different sides.
Gilley’s Las Vegas – With Gilley’s you get the whole Southern experience – right down to the bull ride. Part of the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino, this BBQ pit is also a Honky Tonk. Get your full of pulled pork, and then get in line to dance. Or really go for broke and take a ride on the infamous mechanical bull. Don’t forget to gawk at the Gilley Girls – they’re kinda famous in these parts.
Double Barrel Roadhouse – This is a high energy roadhouse, where the mouth-watering array of southern food is only trumped by the equally tempting drink menu. Found at the Monte Carlo, Double Barrel features handcrafted wine coolers, draft beers and a list of unique cocktails with a southern twist. Come for the BBQ Brisket Sliders, and stick around for the live music and dancing.
TC’s Rib Crib – Savor the authentic Louisiana flavors at TC’s, where they have mastered the BBQ, and all the great sides that should go along with it. This joint is a little out of the way of the strip, but it’s a local favorite and well worth the trip. Make this your Tuesday afternoon lunch destination, and you’ll get a finger lickin’ good 2 for 1 deal.
The drool worthy menus of these Vegas restaurants will quickly train your tongue to move with a new southern drawl.