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Top Barbecue In Las Vegas

May 14, 2014 5:00 AM

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When you think of places known for great barbecue, Las Vegas probably isn’t the first spot that comes to mind. After all, it’s cities like St. Louis and states like Texas that are famous for their delicious BBQ fare. But Las Vegas is actually home to several mouthwatering barbecue joints, serving an array of barbecue styles sure to please fans of all types. Here are five local restaurants that prove some of the nation’s best barbecue can be found in the Sin City.

Dick’s Last Resort 
3850 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 597-7991
www.dickslastresort.com

It should come as no surprise that a restaurant known for its “deliciously messy” cuisine would serve some of the best barbecue on the Strip. Dick’s filling BBQ plates give guests a choice of four meats—a half rack of ribs, a half-pound of beef brisket, a quarter of a chicken or a half-pound of pulled pork—served with the restaurant’s homemade BBQ sauce: a flavorful combination of Worcestershire sauce, apple cider vinegar, liquid smoke, oregano leaf, brown sugar, garlic powder, yellow mustard and ketchup. Guests can enjoy the “messy” meal without worrying about their fingers getting sticky, as the restaurant is famous for its zany, anything-goes atmosphere, complete with waiters passing out oversized paper hats to diners with funny double entendres written on them. It’s that rare dining experience where the wait staff is just as memorable as the food being served.

John Mull’s Meats & The Road Kill Grill
3730 Thom Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89130
(702) 645-1200
www.johnmullsmeats.com

Hidden in a residential community, this unassuming slaughterhouse turned meat market is one of Las Vegas’ best-kept secrets—or as much of a best-kept secret as a place can be since appearing on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” Arguably Las Vegas’ best barbecue joint, guests can enjoy a picnic-style lunch or dinner under a covered outdoor patio or take their “grub” to go. Portions are generous, with a three-meat combo platter easily feeding two with leftovers for the next day. Be sure to try the tangy pulled chicken or the tender brisket, and don’t forget the tasty apple cobbler for dessert.

Memphis Championship Barbecue
2250 E. Warm Springs Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 260-6909
www.memphis-bbq.com

A Las Vegas favorite, Memphis Championship Barbecue (which also has a location near Nellis Air Force Base) boasts a menu of slow-cooked meats by championship pit master Mike Mills. Must-tries include the barbecue pork shoulder, smoked low and slow over an applewood pit for 18-20 hours. Another solid choice is the Memphis’ famous baby back ribs, a four-time World Champion winner at the Memphis in May competition. Whatever you decide on, be sure to start your meal with the Southern fried dill pickles, tossed in Memphis’ own seasoned batter and fried to order. And don’t forget a side of the heavenly macaroni and cheese.

Related: Top Pulled Pork In Las Vegas

Rollin Smoke BBQ
3185 S. Highland Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 836-3621
www.rollinsmokebarbeque.com

Known for its huge, fall-off-the-bone beef ribs, this hidden gem boasts an assortment of hickory-smoked meats on its menu, including brisket, pork, chicken, spare ribs and hot links. It also features several unique dishes, like the smoked meatloaf, stuffed with 18-hour smoked brisket and pork, and the outlaw burger made with brisket, onion, bell pepper, onion strings, red cabbage slaw, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese and chipotle aioli. Party packs are available for those looking for a finger-licking good meal to share with family and friends, or for those who can’t decide which dishes to order, an all-you-can-eat option is available as well: just $24.99 for anything on the menu. Make sure you try mama’s banana pudding—the made-from-scratch dessert is so good that some people come to Rollin Smoke BBQ just for it.

TC’s Rib Crib
3655 S. Durango Drive, Suite 18
Las Vegas, NV 89147
(702) 451-7427
www.tcsribcrib.com

This locally owned and operated family restaurant specializes in down-home cooking. Using only the best cuts of meat and a secret homemade barbecue recipe, guests can choose from an assortment of delectable dishes, including rib tips, links and TC’s world-famous BBQ ribs (spare, beef or baby back). A variety of scrumptious sides crafted from family recipes complement the enticing entrée selections, like Aunt Ada’s potato salad and Cousin Joe’s greens. Regardless of what you order, taste buds won’t be disappointed.

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When she’s not interviewing some of Hollywood’s biggest celebs, Heather Turk can often be found visiting some of Las Vegas’ most popular restaurants and spas for Examiner.com. She also covers the Las Vegas market for a variety of other media outlets, including Allegiant Air’s in-flight magazine, Sunseeker. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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