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Northwest Arkansas is indeed hog heaven from its famous beloved Razorbacks to the many top rated BBQ joints located in this beautiful corner of the state.  Since barbecue is so popular, it seems there’s a BBQ joint on ever corner, making it doubly difficult to limit our list to the Top 10 Rated BBQ joints in NWA and a couple Honorable Mentions.

One thing is for sure, using the list below will give your taste buds a memorable sensation.

Top BBQ Winners In Northwest Arkansas – UPDATED

Below you will find our list of the 10 Best BBQ joints in NWA:

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 – breakfast is served only on Saturday mornings from 7:30 AM – 10:30 PM, lunch only is served on Sunday from 11 AM – 2 PM, and on Tuesday – Saturday the hours are from 11 AM – 8 PM


Big Rub BBQ & Catering $
410 SW “A” Street
(479) 372-3802

Big rub is one of the more established food trucks in NWA.  It offers some of the best BBQ and other unique side items in the region.  Big Rub’s food is simply out-of-this-world delicious. Try the Jordan or the Sabroso, both are popular menu items, and ones you are sure to enjoy.

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.


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.

Penguin Ed ’s Bar-B-Que
6347 W Wedington Dr, (479) 251-7429

You’ll be impressed with Penguin Ed’s mouth-watering bar-b-que. Customers come in time after time for this hickory-enhanced smoked meat.

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.


Pit Master’s BBQ $
Frisco Station Mall, 100 N Dixieland
(479) 202-5344

Pit Master’s BBQ has amazing BBQ slow smoked to perfection each and every morning. No precooked smoked meats, or meats have been frozen and thawed out.  All menu items are made in house from scratch. Do yourself a favor and make it a point to visit the Rogers BBQ joint.


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

Smokin’ Joe’s Ribhouse $$
1204 S. Walton Blvd
Bentonville, AR 72712
(479) 273-1685

Genuine Pit Barbecue, known as one of the best BBQ catering services for all of NWA. Ribs are smoked all the way through and the meat literally falls off the bone.

The Bar-B-Q Place
3542 E. Huntsville Road,
Fayetteville, AR
(479) -301-2500

The Bar-B-Q Place is open Tue-Sat serves up good ol’ hickory smoked bar-b-que.  You’ll taste the difference in this outstanding bar-b-q.

Be sure to check out the other many delicious BBQ restaurants in Northwest Arkansas.