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14 of the Best Barbecue Restaurants in Las Vegas

A guide to American barbecue in the city

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It’s not hard to find barbecue in Vegas, whether it’s Korean barbecue, Hawaiian barbecue, or the smoky meats that claim the throne in the U.S.

This list provides options that stay true to American barbecue, whether it’s smoked brisket (the king of Texas barbecue), Carolina pulled pork, or Memphis-style ribs. All the spots on this list also serve satisfying sides like fried okra, mac and cheese, and big, buttery biscuits.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

John Mull’s Meats & Road Kill Grill

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John Mull’s is a blast from Las Vegas’s past, a reminder that not long ago things were a little less blindingly shiny in Sin City. At this wildly popular smoked meat house, meat-lovers happily wait in line for ribs, tri-tip, burnt ends, and sides such as collards, mac and cheese, and macaroni salad. Seating is on a covered patio.

SNS Barbeque

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Originally housed at a truck stop, SNS Diner now spreads out over 4,400 square feet (with an outdoor patio and drive-thru window) at 3229 Losee Road, close to Cheyenne Avenue. The menu includes diner classics like omelets and biscuits with gravy alongside plates of barbecue piled with smoked brisket, St. Louis ribs, and pulled pork sandwiches.

Boss's Slow Smoked BBQ

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Newspaper clippings and celebrity photos line the walls at this friendly, no-frills barbecue spot. Fried catfish and banana pudding add to the charm.

Plates of barbecue and more from Boss’s.
Boss’s serves quality barbecue in a no-frills setting.
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Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ & Tavern

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Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars teamed up with Rollin’ Smoke for this Southern barbecue haven next door to Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Diners can find brisket, pulled pork, chicken, spare ribs, and hot links on the menu. There’s a full bar, and locals get happy hour specials and 20% off food all day every day.

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Ribs at Rick’s Rollin Smoke serves ribs, beans, and more.
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Soulbelly BBQ

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New Jersey-native Bruce Kalman, who appeared on Season 15 of Top Chef, shows his love for central Texas barbecue at his 18b smokehouse with smoked brisket, chicharrones, and plenty of Shiner Bock to wash it down. Try the “Belly of Soul” sandwich with brisket, pickled onions, crispy onions, cheese sauce, fried egg, and spicy barbecue sauce. Live music makes for a fun atmosphere.

Meats and sides at Soulbelly BBQ.
Meats and sides at Soulbelly BBQ.
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Rollin Smoke Barbeque

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This local mini-chain piles plates with hickory-smoked meats next to Southern standards like fried okra, hush puppies, and dirty rice. The well-rounded menu includes pulled pork with Carolina vinegar sauce, St. Louis-style ribs, smoked meatloaf, and a smattering of seafood options like fried catfish po’boys.

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Rollin’ Smoke ribs.
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Gilley’s Saloon, Dancehall and Bar-B-Que

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This honky-tonk out of Texas encourages Western attire and mechanical bull-riding at Treasure Island. Diners order the “Ten Gallon” platter with barbecue ribs, rotisserie chicken, pulled pork, and hot links bathed in either Carolina mustard, smoked onion, or Gilley’s Jack Daniels barbecue sauces.

Mabel's BBQ

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Recently reopened at the Palms following a two-year hiatus, celebrity chef Michael Symon’s hit barbecue restaurant is back with smoky, tender meats and unconventional takes on the barbecue canon. Prepare for shells and cheese made with subtle mascarpone; brisket and pork fried rice with spicy kimchi, sesame, aioli, and fresh scallions; and pork shank with horseradish gremolata.

Jessie Rae’s BBQ

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Named for co-owner Mike Ross’s wife, this tiny, off-Strip restaurant serves up big flavors. The menu includes the barbecue standards, but crowd favorites include the “Fortress” (crown rack of spare ribs stuffed with mac and cheese, meat, hot link, and barbecue sauce) and the “Maniac” fries loaded with mac and cheese, meat, and hot links.

<span data-author="211">Jessie Rae’s BBQ dishes.</span>
Jessie Rae’s BBQ dishes barbecue, mac and cheese, and more.
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Big B’s Texas BBQ

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This Texas smokehouse imports all wood for its smokers from the owners family’s farm in Texas. Smoked brisket, chicken, turkey, and tri-tip all land on the barbecue section of this menu alongside sides like creamed corn and fried okra. A condiment station is filled with pickles, pickled carrots, jalapeños and cherry peppers for the taking.

Links, pulled pork, and brisket at Big B’s.
Big B’s Texas BBQ brisket, pulled pork, and smoked sausage.
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L2 Texas BBQ

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This barbecue spot serves all the classics: slow-cooked smoked brisket, baby back ribs, smoked ham, and more. And if your heart is set on feasting on all the meats and all the fixin’s, L2 offers an all-you-can-eat menu. Order all the barbecue plus fries, mac and cheese, baked beans, and mashed potatoes you can for $33.99.

Barbecue chicken, brisket, and more
L2 Texas BBQ 
L2 Texas BBQ

Biscuits and Bourbon

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Though it was created in service to the revitalization of Water Street, industrial chic Biscuits and Bourbon excels at barbecue as well. A rarity at many barbecue spots, sauce options here include Carolina gold (a mustard-based out of South Carolina). Creative spins on sandwiches include a French dip made with thin pieces of tri-tip, a Philly with chopped brisket, and both a smoked brisket hoagie and a hot link hoagie. Of course — as the name suggests — biscuits and bourbon also play starring roles on this menu.

Biscuits &amp; Bourbon’s plates of fries, ribs, and more.
Biscuits & Bourbon serves quality meat and sides in an industrial chic space.
Biscuits & Bourbon/Facebook

Bell’s BBQ

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With chef John Bell running the show, Bell’s adds plenty of creativity and technique to its menu. Ribs, brisket, chicken, and plenty of other smoked meats meet deviled egg potato salad, Buffalo-fried cauliflower, and mac and cheese on the menu. Non-smoked items like fried shrimp and fried chicken help round it all out at this Henderson favorite.

Smoked meatballs at Bell’s.
Bell’s serves interesting versions of the barbecue basics, like saucy, smoked meatballs.
Bell’s/Facebook

Fox Smokehouse BBQ

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There are few better summertime combinations than a trip to the lake and a plate of barbecue. Fox Smokehouse, located in Boulder City, is the best way to fulfill half of that dream. The barbecue spot serves ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and even barbecue tacos. The mac and cheese is unmissable here.

Fox Smokehouse BBQ
Fox Smokehouse BBQ brisket and mashed potatoes.
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John Mull’s Meats & Road Kill Grill

John Mull’s is a blast from Las Vegas’s past, a reminder that not long ago things were a little less blindingly shiny in Sin City. At this wildly popular smoked meat house, meat-lovers happily wait in line for ribs, tri-tip, burnt ends, and sides such as collards, mac and cheese, and macaroni salad. Seating is on a covered patio.

SNS Barbeque

Originally housed at a truck stop, SNS Diner now spreads out over 4,400 square feet (with an outdoor patio and drive-thru window) at 3229 Losee Road, close to Cheyenne Avenue. The menu includes diner classics like omelets and biscuits with gravy alongside plates of barbecue piled with smoked brisket, St. Louis ribs, and pulled pork sandwiches.

Boss's Slow Smoked BBQ

Plates of barbecue and more from Boss’s.
Boss’s serves quality barbecue in a no-frills setting.
Boss’s/Facebook

Newspaper clippings and celebrity photos line the walls at this friendly, no-frills barbecue spot. Fried catfish and banana pudding add to the charm.

Plates of barbecue and more from Boss’s.
Boss’s serves quality barbecue in a no-frills setting.
Boss’s/Facebook

Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ & Tavern

A stack of ribs with baked beans in a bowl.
Ribs at Rick’s Rollin Smoke serves ribs, beans, and more.
Rick’s Rollin Smoke/Facebook

Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars teamed up with Rollin’ Smoke for this Southern barbecue haven next door to Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. Diners can find brisket, pulled pork, chicken, spare ribs, and hot links on the menu. There’s a full bar, and locals get happy hour specials and 20% off food all day every day.

A stack of ribs with baked beans in a bowl.
Ribs at Rick’s Rollin Smoke serves ribs, beans, and more.
Rick’s Rollin Smoke/Facebook

Soulbelly BBQ

Meats and sides at Soulbelly BBQ.
Meats and sides at Soulbelly BBQ.
Soulbelly BBQ/Facebook

New Jersey-native Bruce Kalman, who appeared on Season 15 of Top Chef, shows his love for central Texas barbecue at his 18b smokehouse with smoked brisket, chicharrones, and plenty of Shiner Bock to wash it down. Try the “Belly of Soul” sandwich with brisket, pickled onions, crispy onions, cheese sauce, fried egg, and spicy barbecue sauce. Live music makes for a fun atmosphere.

Meats and sides at Soulbelly BBQ.
Meats and sides at Soulbelly BBQ.
Soulbelly BBQ/Facebook

Rollin Smoke Barbeque

Rollin’ Smoke Barbecue
Rollin’ Smoke ribs.
Rollin’ Smoke Barbecue [Official Site]

This local mini-chain piles plates with hickory-smoked meats next to Southern standards like fried okra, hush puppies, and dirty rice. The well-rounded menu includes pulled pork with Carolina vinegar sauce, St. Louis-style ribs, smoked meatloaf, and a smattering of seafood options like fried catfish po’boys.

Rollin’ Smoke Barbecue
Rollin’ Smoke ribs.
Rollin’ Smoke Barbecue [Official Site]

Gilley’s Saloon, Dancehall and Bar-B-Que

This honky-tonk out of Texas encourages Western attire and mechanical bull-riding at Treasure Island. Diners order the “Ten Gallon” platter with barbecue ribs, rotisserie chicken, pulled pork, and hot links bathed in either Carolina mustard, smoked onion, or Gilley’s Jack Daniels barbecue sauces.

Mabel's BBQ

Recently reopened at the Palms following a two-year hiatus, celebrity chef Michael Symon’s hit barbecue restaurant is back with smoky, tender meats and unconventional takes on the barbecue canon. Prepare for shells and cheese made with subtle mascarpone; brisket and pork fried rice with spicy kimchi, sesame, aioli, and fresh scallions; and pork shank with horseradish gremolata.

Jessie Rae’s BBQ

<span data-author="211">Jessie Rae’s BBQ dishes.</span>
Jessie Rae’s BBQ dishes barbecue, mac and cheese, and more.
Jessie Rae’s BBQ/Facebook

Named for co-owner Mike Ross’s wife, this tiny, off-Strip restaurant serves up big flavors. The menu includes the barbecue standards, but crowd favorites include the “Fortress” (crown rack of spare ribs stuffed with mac and cheese, meat, hot link, and barbecue sauce) and the “Maniac” fries loaded with mac and cheese, meat, and hot links.

<span data-author="211">Jessie Rae’s BBQ dishes.</span>
Jessie Rae’s BBQ dishes barbecue, mac and cheese, and more.
Jessie Rae’s BBQ/Facebook

Big B’s Texas BBQ

Links, pulled pork, and brisket at Big B’s.
Big B’s Texas BBQ brisket, pulled pork, and smoked sausage.
Big B’s Texas BBQ/Facebook

This Texas smokehouse imports all wood for its smokers from the owners family’s farm in Texas. Smoked brisket, chicken, turkey, and tri-tip all land on the barbecue section of this menu alongside sides like creamed corn and fried okra. A condiment station is filled with pickles, pickled carrots, jalapeños and cherry peppers for the taking.

Links, pulled pork, and brisket at Big B’s.
Big B’s Texas BBQ brisket, pulled pork, and smoked sausage.
Big B’s Texas BBQ/Facebook

L2 Texas BBQ

Barbecue chicken, brisket, and more
L2 Texas BBQ 
L2 Texas BBQ

This barbecue spot serves all the classics: slow-cooked smoked brisket, baby back ribs, smoked ham, and more. And if your heart is set on feasting on all the meats and all the fixin’s, L2 offers an all-you-can-eat menu. Order all the barbecue plus fries, mac and cheese, baked beans, and mashed potatoes you can for $33.99.

Barbecue chicken, brisket, and more
L2 Texas BBQ 
L2 Texas BBQ

Biscuits and Bourbon

Biscuits &amp; Bourbon’s plates of fries, ribs, and more.
Biscuits & Bourbon serves quality meat and sides in an industrial chic space.
Biscuits & Bourbon/Facebook

Though it was created in service to the revitalization of Water Street, industrial chic Biscuits and Bourbon excels at barbecue as well. A rarity at many barbecue spots, sauce options here include Carolina gold (a mustard-based out of South Carolina). Creative spins on sandwiches include a French dip made with thin pieces of tri-tip, a Philly with chopped brisket, and both a smoked brisket hoagie and a hot link hoagie. Of course — as the name suggests — biscuits and bourbon also play starring roles on this menu.

Biscuits &amp; Bourbon’s plates of fries, ribs, and more.
Biscuits & Bourbon serves quality meat and sides in an industrial chic space.
Biscuits & Bourbon/Facebook

Bell’s BBQ

Smoked meatballs at Bell’s.
Bell’s serves interesting versions of the barbecue basics, like saucy, smoked meatballs.
Bell’s/Facebook

With chef John Bell running the show, Bell’s adds plenty of creativity and technique to its menu. Ribs, brisket, chicken, and plenty of other smoked meats meet deviled egg potato salad, Buffalo-fried cauliflower, and mac and cheese on the menu. Non-smoked items like fried shrimp and fried chicken help round it all out at this Henderson favorite.

Smoked meatballs at Bell’s.
Bell’s serves interesting versions of the barbecue basics, like saucy, smoked meatballs.
Bell’s/Facebook

Fox Smokehouse BBQ

Fox Smokehouse BBQ
Fox Smokehouse BBQ brisket and mashed potatoes.
Fox Smokehouse BBQ/Facebook

There are few better summertime combinations than a trip to the lake and a plate of barbecue. Fox Smokehouse, located in Boulder City, is the best way to fulfill half of that dream. The barbecue spot serves ribs, pulled pork, brisket, and even barbecue tacos. The mac and cheese is unmissable here.

Fox Smokehouse BBQ
Fox Smokehouse BBQ brisket and mashed potatoes.
Fox Smokehouse BBQ/Facebook

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