Where to Find the Best BBQ in Las Vegas
There’s something about having some good BBQ in summer. The smell of the smoke, the fun of gathering with friends, the tasty results of slow cooking some meat… having a barbecue is the perfect summer activity. But what happens if you don’t have a grill handy? While you might not have access to a grill to show off your own skills in Vegas, our BBQ is some of the best you’ll have (outside of your own grilling, of course). If you’re having a craving, these Las Vegas barbecue restaurants will surely hit the spot.
Top Las Vegas BBQ Restaurants
Project BBQ is the only permanent Las Vegas food truck on Fremont Street Experience. Feast on some freshly smoked BBQ, including the signature Garbage Bowl – handmade potato chips smothered in smoked meats, slaw, bacon and a duo of Carolina BBQ, and beer cheese sauce. You’ll also find some delicious options like smoked pulled pork sandwiches, smoked brisket empanadas, BBQ chicken street tacos, and truffle bacon mac n’ cheese.
Top Chef Season 15 competitor Bruce Kalman shows his love for central Texas barbecue at his SoulBelly BBQ smokehouse in the Arts District with smoked brisket, chicharrones, and plenty of beer, wine, and cocktails to pair with (the BBQ pairs especially well with a pitcher). Try the Belly of Soul sandwich with brisket, pickled onions, crispy onions, cheese sauce, fried egg, and spicy BBQ sauce. You’ll also catch live music every Thursday to Sunday.
Big B’s Texas BBQ
With two locations located a little outside of the city, this Texas-style smokehouse imports all wood for its smokers from the owner’s family’s farm in Texas. The 12-hour smoked brisket, chicken, turkey, and tri-tip are the main stars on the menu, and can be accompanied by classic Southern BBQ sides like creamed corn and fried okra. Big B’s has three big focuses: Texas, BBQ, and family – and when you’re here, you definitely feel like family.
Fox Smokehouse BBQ
This Las Vegas BBQ spot is a bit of a drive, but from what many locals report, it is well worth the trip. Fox Smokehouse, located in Boulder City about 30 minutes from the city, is a smokehouse that really knows its stuff. The barbecue spot serves ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and barbecue tacos – and the mac n’ cheese is also a big hit. Even better, a trip to Boulder City means you’ll be right by Lake Mead, a perfect summer spot after some BBQ.
Newcomer Braeswood BBQ puts an exciting Tex-Mex spin on traditional barbecue. Brisket and chicken are smoked stuffed inside tacos with Mexican rice on the side, along with other familiar staples like mac n’ cheese, potato salad, and green beans. And to add even more fun to the menu, you can find a delicious posole ramen and brisket burger. They even serve weekend brunch with breakfast tacos, a big BBQ breakfast, sangria, mimosas, and micheladas.
Jessie Rae’s BBQ
Jessie Rae’s might be tiny, but it serves up big flavors with what they dub a new type of barbecue – Las Vegas Style BBQ. With that alone, you know the menu is going to be big. On top of your classic barbecue options like ribs, hot links, and brisket, you can find a list of tasty sandwiches. There’s also something they call The Fortress, which is a crown rack of spare ribs stuffed with fries, mac n’ cheese, meat, a hot link, and sauce. Las Vegas Style BBQ indeed.
John Mull’s Meats & Road Kill Grill
Don’t be put off by the mention of the Road Kill Grill. Instead, focus on how delicious the BBQ is. So good that there’s almost always a line to get their barbecue fix. Guy Fieri has even stopped in. Diners can enjoy ribs, tri-tip, burnt ends, and sides such as collards, mac and cheese, and macaroni salad to complete a perfect plate. And don’t forget the cobbler for dessert. This no-frills spot focuses on what they do best, and it’s a prime spot for meat lovers.
Rollin Smoke Barbeque
You might see a few Rollin Smoke Barbeque restaurants around Las Vegas, and that’s because this small local chain is so popular. Here, you’ll find plates piled with hickory-smoked meats next to Southern staples like fried okra, hush puppies, and dirty rice. And the menu doesn’t stop there, it also includes items like pulled pork with Carolina vinegar sauce, St. Louis-style ribs, smoked meatloaf, and a smattering of seafood options like fried catfish po’boys.
Originally located at a truck stop, SNS Diner now spreads out over 4,400 square feet after expanding due to popularity, including an outdoor patio and drive-thru window. You might not think a diner has some of the best BBQ in Las Vegas, but SNS is here to prove they do. Their menu includes diner classics like omelets and biscuits with gravy alongside plates of barbecue piled with smoked brisket, St. Louis ribs, and pulled pork sandwiches.
Virgil’s Real BBQ
Originating in New York and with a location in the Bahamas, Virgil’s may be lacking in Southern roots, but they can still make a mean BBQ. Their Las Vegas location features a second-floor patio and a live music stage to make every visit both entertaining and delicious. Their two custom-designed smokers allow them to offer a wide variety of barbecue styles, from Memphis-style ribs to Carolina-inspired pulled pork. There’s a bit of BBQ for everyone!
If you’re missing your grill this summer while visiting the city, it’s time for a stop at one of these Las Vegas barbecue restaurants to get your fix. From Texas to Memphis and Tex Mex to the Carolinas, you’ll find almost any style of BBQ you’re craving. Be sure to save room for your meal, and never forget to order some sides and a dessert!