BBQ is, without a doubt, some of the most popular food to be found in the region. People young and old love barbecue. It is typically a slow smoked
or grilled meat finished off with a delicious sauce. Northwest Arkansas has many outstanding barb-cue joints to choose from and thislist features the very best:
Check out the Top 10 list below for the best BBQ in the area:
Rhythm and Q $
1721 Forest Hills Blvd, (479) 268-6858
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!
Rockin’ Pig Saloon $$
2039 E Van Buren, (479) 363-6248
A full service dining, drinking and entertainment establishment serving BBQ, burgers and wood-fired pizzas in a fun atmosphere. Try the pork ribs and baked beans. Note: Image at top of the page courtesy of Rockin’ Pig Saloon.
Sassy’s Red House $$
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.
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 $$
1220 N Garland Ave, (479) 521-7550
Stoked for a really good BBQ sandwich? Some say this is the best pulled pork in the region. Their pork, kielbasa sausage and chicken is premium quality and smoked right on the premises. Lucky Luke’s is a friendly, very casual, BBQ joint that specializes in good food and knowledgeable, efficient service. A favorite with the U of A crowd, it is also a good choice for your catering needs. Try the rib or pulled pork sandwich once, and you’ll be hooked.
Wrights Barbecue $$
2212 Main Dr, (479) 633-7229
Offering handcrafted, 100% wood-fired pit barbecue, large portions, friendly service and reasonable prices. The brisket is so tender, you can cut it with a fork. The sides, including their amazing baked beans are full of substance and lip-smackin’ flavor. Wright’s is also available for catering, tailgate parties and special events. You’re missing out if you haven’t tried this delicious smoked meat.
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.
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.
Smokin Joe’s $$
2504 E Central Ave, (479) 621-0181
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.
Pop’s BBQ $
121 E Poplar St, Rogers, AR, (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 St, Rogers, AR, (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.
Be sure to check out the other many delicious BBQ restaurants in Northwest Arkansas.
- Bentonville BBQ
- Eureka Springs BBQ
- Fayetteville BBQ
- Lowell BBQ
- Rogers BBQ
- Siloam Springs BBQ
- Springdale BBQ