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Looking for BBQ in Bentonville, Centerton, Eureka Springs, Fayetteville, Johnson or Springdale Arkansas? Getting a regular Barbecue fix is of top priority with the people of Northwest Arkansas.

The Top 10 BBQ joints/ restaurants/food trucks below grill some of the very best tasting bar-b-q you’ll find on the planet. Smoking techniques and sauces vary considerably, so it’s best to try several to find the ones that are your favorites.

Whether you like pulled pork, brisket, dry or wet ribs, you’ll find them all and more in restaurants and barbecue joints on the Best of NWA Top 10  Barbecue list below:


Beach BBQ $$
1080 SE 14th St, (479) 544-1060

Beach BBQ offers delicious flavor filled juicy BBQ. The brisket will delight your tastebuds and sides (baked beans, cole slaw, mac and cheese are addictive. You can dine inside or outside on the large front patio. Beach BBQ serves a variety of craft beers. The staff is friendly and efficient. Check them out, you will be pleasantly surprised.


Woo Pig Mooie BBQ
401 W Centerton Blvd, (479) 224-2256

This family owned barbecue haven combines the love for smoky flavors with the Razorback spirit. From juicy ribs to flavorful brisket, their menu showcases the best of Southern barbecue.  The brisket, sandwiches, ribs, burnt ends, smoked potato casserole, the baked beans… the list goes on and on. 

With a friendly atmosphere and helpful staff, off the chart meats and sides, get read for an exceptional meal! If you love BBQ then you will love Woo Pig Mooie.


Rockin’ Pig $$
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.

Sauced Barbeque & Brews $$
139 East Van Buren, (479) 239-2044

Get you fill of delicious, low and slow cooked BBQ at reasonable prices when you choose to dine at Sauced. When you walk through the doors, you are greeted with the aroma of tantalizing Hickory and Red Oak smoke, just a precursor of what is to come.

You’ll enjoy every bite no matter which menu item you select. The people who run the place are fantastic, and the service is great.


Girls Gone BBQ $$
2630 E Citizens Dr #20, (479) 879-8222

An awesome women owned BBQ place on the east side of Fayetteville that serves incredible hickory smoked modern barbecue from the Arkansas Delta. The wicked brisket is tender and flavorful, the mac and cheese will cause you to dream in color!  However,  all of their tantalizing dishes are a BBQ lovers delight.  Girls Gone also includes vegetarians and vegan options.  Give it a try, you will be so happy you did.

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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.

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Penguin Ed’s $$
230 S E Ave, Fayetteville, AR, (479) 521-3663

Has delightful, unique ambiance, and served some of the best BBQ you’ll find in the Northeast section of the state.
The menu is varied, but do try the pulled pork, ribs or brisket if you enjoy barbecue. You can’t go wrong with either of the three.


Wrights Barbecue $$
2212 Main Dr, (479) 633-7229

Offering handcrafted, 100% wood-fired pit barbecue, large portions and friendly service  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.

Now with an additional locations next to the Lawrence Skate Park/Ice Rink in downtown Bentonville and in the Pinnacle Hills area of Rogers.

wright's bbq top 10 barbecuse northwest arkansas

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Smokin’ Joe’s Ribhouse $$
200 N 8th St, (479) 621-0181

Indulge in award-winning pit barbecue at Smokin Joe’s Ribhouse. Their menu features a variety of specialty sandwiches, burgers, ribs, pulled pork, BBQ plates, and classic sides. With flavors that are second to none, one taste is all it takes to become a lifelong fan.

Don’t forget to visit their additional location in Bentonville, AR for more BBQ goodness.

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Yankabilly Smokehouse Foodtruck $
3445 S Old Missouri Rd,  (833) 468-2867

This is smoked BBQ at its best. Using hardwoods, all meats are slow smoked, and the delicious sides including their amazing mac and cheese are scratch made. The melt-in-your-mouth brisket, the tender pulled pork and the tasty pulled chicken will make your taste buds jump for joy.

Owners are friendly and knowledgeable, and they go above and beyond to make sure you have a great meal. Try the Yankabilly experience soon, you’ll be so glad you did. Image at top of the page is courtesy of Yankabilly Smokehouse.

Yankabilly Smokehouse BBQ

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`G’s Meaty Buns $
2415 N Center, (479) 435-4838
Elkins, Arkansas

People shout to the rooftops about the BBQ at G’s Meaty Buns. The food is delicious, the portions are huge, service is exceptional and the prices are reasonable. The brisket is succulent and tender, and worth much more than the modest price. And unless you have a lumberjack’s appetite, you’ll have enough food left over for lunch the next day. Try G’s soon to see what all the buzz is about.

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