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Grillin’ Goodness – Our Favorite Spots For Barbecue In Vegas

Last updated: September 5, 2017 at 8:06 am. Posted by in Las Vegas Hotels, Las Vegas Restaurants, Things to Do in Las Vegas. Comments Off on Grillin’ Goodness – Our Favorite Spots For Barbecue In Vegas.

There are those that complain about our desert climate. But one of the nice things about living in the heat is that we can keep our grills going all year long. While many visitors have to pack up their BBQs and get out their winter clothes come September, our grilling season is still going strong. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite – year-round! – barbecue spots in Vegas:


Bacchanal Buffet

Carving station at Bacchanal Buffet - Our favorite BBQ spots in Vegas

Carving station at the Bacchanal Buffet in Caesars Palace. Photo by Jason Leinwand.

One of the centerpiece stations at the world’s best buffet is the meat smoking / carvery area. Brisket, hot links, turkey, chicken sausages and Wagyu beef are all presented in that low and slow style at the Bacchanal Buffet with a bevy of sides to choose from including multiple variations of potatoes and a classic mac and cheese.

Beijing Noodle No. 9

Whole Suckling Pig at Beijing Noodle No. 9 - One of favorite BBQ spots in Vegas

Whole Suckling Pig at Beijing Noodle No. 9 in Caesars Palace. Courtesy photo.

Some people might not think of Chinese food as barbecue, but they should. Beijing Noodle No. 9 features a 14-page menu but has a specific section dedicated to barbecue. Specialties include roast duck with delicious crispy skin, roast whole squab and barbecue pork. The pièce de résistance is a whole suckling pig which requires such in-depth preparation that diners must order it two days in advance.

Mesa Grill

BBQ Duck and Blue Corn Pancake our favorites at Mesa Grill - BBQ spots in Vegas

It’s probably best to not get between this blogger and the blue corn pancake and barbequed duck at Mesa Grill inside Caesars Palace.

Bobby Flay has proven to be a master of the grill throughout his career. At his Caesars Palace outpost, Flay showcase his twists on the familiar by putting barbecue spins on a couple of items. At lunch, a Cobb salad is decked out with avocado, tomato, Maytag blue cheese, eggs, bacon and buttermilk dressing. It all serves to hoist up the star of the dish, barbecued lamb. Meanwhile, those hankering for their barbecue fix at dinner can chow down on red chile barbecue duck. The spiced fowl is accompanied by a blue corn and red quinoa Johnny cake, fresh figs, and cracklings (more crispy skin!).

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Beer Park

Stadium Hot Dog from Beer Park- BBQ Spots in Vegas

Stadium-style eats will keep you satisfied.

The Cobb salad proves to a be popular vessel to showcase barbecue meats on The Strip. At BEER PARK the topping of choice is barbecue chicken. The alcohol-themed venue also has a barbecue burger which sees a beef brisket patty cooked over beech wood and hard wood charcoal. The burger is topped with Goose Island candied bacon, cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce, onion rings and jalapeño slaw. That’s a whole lot of yummy-ness between two buns.

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Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill

Ribs at Toby Keith's - One of favorite BBQ spots in Vegas

One rack of ribs, for when you’re just a little bit hungry.

Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of barbecue action going on at the Oklahoma native’s honky-tonk. A barbecue pulled pork sandwich at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill utilizes roasted pork shoulder, fried onions and barbecue sauce on a home-style bun. That same sauce and those same onions can be found on the Louisiana hot link sandwich which is served on a hoagie roll. There are also St. Louis style pork ribs and barbecue rotisserie chicken. For those looking to go big, check out the Wrangler Sampler which is a plate full of three barbecue ribs, two “Whiskey Girl” hot wings that can be done barbecue style, two Louisiana hot links and two barbecue pulled pork sliders plus two sides.


All-American Bar & Grille

You can’t have an All-American eatery without some good, old-fashioned barbecue. While ribs are always on the menu, the Labor Day special is really a ‘cuer’s dream come true. The End of Summer Feast lives up to its name. A third of a rack of pork ribs and a barbecue flat iron steak are served with American grill-out staples corn, baked beans, corn bread and watermelon.

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Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Grill

You know the man famous for visiting classic American eateries is bringing barbecue to the table at his own restaurant. Here, the star of seemingly 67 Food Network shows, has multiple options showcasing smoky and sweet flavors. The Motley Que sandwich, which was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Triple D,” is a vehicle for the pulled pork shoulder, in this case smothered in Fieri’s bourbon brown sugar barbecue sauce. Complimentary flavors come courtesy of citrus slaw, pickle chips, aged cheddar cheese, onion cheese and donkey sauce. It’s all served on a toasted pretzel hoagie.

Guy Fieri made big Las Vegas news in 2014 with the opening of Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen and Bar.

We can smell the grilling goodness through our computer monitor.

Trash can brisket nachos use house smoked burnt ends and chipotle barbecue sauce. The bombardment of toppings resting above corn tortilla chips also includes nacho cheese sauce, jalapeño, crema and pico de gallo. You know Fieri sees dishes like this in his dreams.

Double-barrel barbecue wings coat the fried wings in bourbon brown sugar barbecue sauce and chipotle and are served with assortment of dip-worthy items for the tangy ranch that also adorns the plate, namely fried onion straws and a raw veggie medley.

There’s also a 14-hour beef brisket cooked low and slow. It’s smothered in chipotle barbecue sauce and served on top of garlic toast. Citrus slaw and fries round the large plate out.

Hash House A Go-Go

The restaurant that specializes in twisted farm cuisine offers giants portions of their slow cooked barbecue pork ribs or their barbecue chicken sandwich. The former is braised with house soy barbecue sauce and is accompanied by grilled horseradish mashed potatoes and fresh veggies. The latter is served on a wheat bun and comes with perfectly fried onion rings.


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Haute Doggery

Haute Doggery for BBQ style hot dogs - Great BBQ joints in Vegas

The Longhorn (left) and Southern Smokehouse (right) bring the BBQ to hot dogs at Haute Doggery.

The Longhorn is big enough to earn its Texas style nickname. A char-grilled frank is smothered with smoked barbecue beef brisket, coleslaw, onion rings and a pickle. It feels like biting into America! And while this is a place for hot dogs, they do some serious burgers here too. The Southern Smokehouse also utilizes barbecue beef brisket, coleslaw, pickles and onion rings and tops it with melted cheddar cheese. Riches upon riches, as they say.

Brooklyn Bowl

It might be known as a top-notch live music venue, but the food at Brooklyn Bowl is also first rate. The menu features barbecue pork sliders served with coleslaw and pickled cucumbers (also known as pickles) and smoked barbecue chicken wings – up to 24 pieces. It’s perfect snack food while bowling or rocking out to a great band.

Virgil’s Real Barbecue

Looking for the barbecue promised land in Vegas? Head to Virgil's Real Barbecue

All the meats! Virgil’s Real BBQ.

For those looking for the barbecue promised land, look no further than Virgil’s Real Barbecue. The story goes that the founder spent many a day wondering the backstreets of the South, learning everything he could under the barbecue tree. Now with three successful locations, there is something for everyone at this barbecue joint. Pulled pork, Carolina pulled chicken, Memphis smoked pork spare ribs, smoked barbecue chicken and trash riblets rounds out the base of the menu. That’s regional specialties done right in all different forms – sandwiches, platters, combos, etc. And for diners who can’t decide what to get, there is the Pig Out Platter, which has all of the meats plus two sides. All barbecue cravings will be taken care of here.

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Jason is originally from the great state of New Jersey. That’s right – great! He’s lived in Las Vegas on and off for the past 20 years, which he also rates as top notch. As a pop culture fanatic, he loves concerts, great food, offbeat adventures and movies. He has written for too many publications to mention, has sold a few screenplays and is immersed in the creative world.

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