Barbecue, one of the best loved foods in Northwest Arkansas, is widely represented throughout the area. Slow, perfectly cooked, smoked beef, chicken, pork and sausages are served up practically everywhere. Regardless of how you like your barbecue, you’ll find a favorite spot from the Top 10 list below.
Rhythm and Q $
1721 Forest Hills Blvd, (479) 268-6858
Many customers drive from miles around just to enjoy the unique barbecue served at the local chef owned and operated Rhythm and Q. It’s been open only a few months, but has already established a rabid fan base. Diners love the perfectly smoked meats, delicious sides and flavorful sauces. The
Baby Back Ribs are meaty, tender and tasty. For you music lovers, there’s live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Note: The hours are a little tricky.
Photo Courtesy of Rhythm and Q
Fred’s Hickory Inn $$
1502 N Walton Blvd, (479) 273-3303
If you are craving a memorable Pit Bar B-Q experience in NWA, take your family, friends and visitors to Fred’s. You just can’t get better friendly service, atmosphere or real pit BBQ. They are also known for their mouthwatering steaks and authentic Italian food.
Photo Courtesy of Fred’s Hickory Inn
Smokin Joe’s Ribhouse $$
2504 E Central Ave, Bentonville, AR 72712
Particularly known for its award-winning genuine pit barbecue, Smokin Joe’s Ribhouse offers specialty sandwiches, burgers, ribs, pulled pork, BBQ plates and classic sides. This is BBQ at its best, taste it once and you’ll be hooked for life.
Smokin Joe’s Ribhouse Photo Courtesy of Joe Andrews
Whole Hog Cafe $$
1400 SE Walton Blvd, (479) 271-6566
Award-winning, World Champion BBQ – Menu includes some of the best pork, chicken and beef BBQ. Try the jumbo pulled pork sandwich, which is always a hit!
Photo Courtesy of Whole Hog Cafe
Rockin’ Pig Saloon $$
2039 E Van Buren, (479) 363-6248
A full service dining, drinking and entertainment establishment serving BBQ, burgers and wood-fired pizzas in a fun atmosphere. Try the pork ribs and baked beans.
Photo Courtesy Rockin Pig Saloon
2901 N. College Rd, (479) 442-9671
Everything at Herman’s is fresh and handmade. The ribs are juicy and tender, the kind that fall off the bone and melt in your mouth. The steaks are hand-cut and aged to perfection, and Nick’s Shrimp Remoulade with homemade sauce is delicious beyond words. Open for both lunch and dinner with a deck where you can watch the BBQ being grilled, Herman’s has 45 years of experience cooking and serving up delicious BBQ.
Lucky Luke’s BBQ $$
1220 N Garland Ave, (479) 521-7550
Stoked for a really good BBQ sandwich? Some say this is the best pulled pork in the region. Their pork, kielbasa sausage and chicken is premium quality and smoked right on the premises. Lucky Luke’s is a friendly, very casual, BBQ joint that specializes in good food and knowledgeable, efficient service. A favorite with the U of A crowd, they are also a good choice for your catering needs. Try the rib or pulled pork sandwich once, and you’ll be hooked.
Photo Courtesy of Lucky Lukes BBQ
Sassy’s Red House $$
708 N College Ave, (479) 856-6366
Known far and wide for having the perfect BBQ sauce. Try the barbecue nachos as an entree instead of an appetizer. Service is terrific too.
Pit Master’s BBQ $
Frisco Station Mall 100 N Dixieland, (479) 202-5344
The entire menu is made fresh daily, and no smoked meats are precooked, frozen and eventually thawed out. Pit Master’s BBQ maintains the integrity and just smoked flavor of meats by slow smoking every morning. Don’t miss the all-you-can-eat ribs deal on Thursdays, and get there early as folks begin to line up early for this tasty special.
Photo Courtesy of Pit Masters BBQ
The Big Rub Urban Eatery $
Inside Walmart Supercenter
4208 South Pleasant Crossing, (479) 282-1405
Delicious urban BBQ, sandwiches, homemade sides, and street tacos made from the freshest ingredients to be found anywhere. Smokehouse and Brisket taco are awesome as is the Jordan (large portion) sandwich. Great tasting barbecue, convenient location and reasonable prices make this a regional favorite.
Photo Courtesy of Big Rub Urban Eatery
Pop’s BBQ $
318 W Walnut St, Rogers, AR 72756, (479) 633-8150
Get ready to be WOWED when you first taste the BBQ ribs from Pop’s. These are ribs that make you feel like you’ve died and gone to heaven. Pop’s is operating as a food truck directly across the street from the Rogers Chamber. If you haven’t yet sampled Pop’s BBQ, you absolutely must give it a try.
Tyler’s Craft BBQ $
109 N. Arkansas, Rogers, AR 72756 (479) 409-7423
If your idea of BBQ is tender, moist pork with a light pecan smoked flavor, you simply must try one of the handcrafted BBQ sandwiches served out of this local food truck. Slaw lovers, this is your chance to try some of the most delicious Wasabi slaw you will ever put in your mouth.