Northwest Arkansas Top 10 Barbecue Will Have You Begging For More

Northwest Arkansas Top 10 Barbecue Will Have You Begging For More

Barbecue is not only food, but it is also an event. It is the process of preparing it over a low, smoking fire for extended periods of time. Barbecue is not only the food, but it is also the event and the process of preparing it over a low, smoking fire for extended periods of time. Any meat can be barbecued, but most of the delicious BBQ served by our Top 10 restaurants is typically pork or beef. Barbecue contests are held all over the country, and are probably the most popular type of contest across the country.

The Northwest Arkansas barbecue joints below are second to none. Do yourself a favor and check them out.

Bella Vista

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.


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.

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!

Eureka Springs

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.


Herman’s $$
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.

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.

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  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, it is also a good choice for your catering needs. Try the rib or pulled pork sandwich once, and you’ll be hooked.


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.

The Big Rub Urban Eatery $
inside Walmart Super Center
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. Note:  The Big Rub Food Truck is located at 8th Street Market in Bentonville.


Tyler’s Craft BBQ $
22754 Raymond St, (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.

Honorable Mention

Wes’s BBQ- Burger Plus $
14 S University Ave, Fayetteville, AR

Looking for friendly service, affordable prices and down home cooking,
you must visit Wes’s BBQ place in Fayetteville. In business for more than
20 years, this favorite spot is popular with locals and visitors alike. Wes,
the owner, is still there making sure everything is to your liking. Great

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.