Natural state Arkansas is renowned in America for its closeness to nature, as well as its inhabitants. As a result, Arkansas cuisine is known for its ribs, in particular. When it comes to BBQ, Arkansas, located in Texas and Tennessee, draws inspiration from both. Check out our list of the top ten barbecue restaurants in Arkansas. :)
McClard's has served deliciousness in one form or another in Hot Springs, Arkansas, since 1928. Alex McClard and his wife Alice opened this now cult diner, which opened in 2005. McClard's buys the best cuts of meat and uses only the best ingredients. The restaurant is currently operated by the second, third, and fourth generations of McClards, who continue Alex and Alice's proud traditions. There is an amazing selection of beer and lots of meat and fries.
- Location: 505 Albert Pike Rd, Hot Springs National Park, AR
- Website: https://www.mcclards.com/
- Phone: 501-623-9665
- Store Hours: Tues-Thurs 11 am–7 pm / Fri-Sat 11 am–8 pm
A year after its founding, Stubby’s was established. Susan Dunkle purchased the restaurant from Richard Stubblefield in 1977, and later her son Chris joined. As Stubby's pitmaster, Chris enjoys supervising the process of slow cooking all manner of barbecue meats. It offers pork and beef barbecue, allowing guests to try barbecue styles from across the country. Stubby's is influenced by Texas and Tennessee.
- Location: 3024 Central Ave, Hot Springs, AR
- Website: www.stubbys.com
- Phone: 501-624-1552
- Store Hours: Sun-Thurs 11 am–8 pm
Smokin' in Style BBQ
Smokin' in Style BBQ specializes in Memphis dry rub marinades which are considered one of the best ways to add a unique smoky flavor to pork dishes, particularly ribs. Daniel Johnson, along with his brother Joe, opened Smokin' in Style BBQ in 1999. In addition to traditional barbecue fare, Smokin' in Style offers indulgent dishes like barbecued turkey legs and barbecue quesadillas. If you are in Arkansas and if you are in search of the best rib serving restaurant, worry no more because Smokin’ in Style BBQ is the best place! The restaurant not only offers good food, but their staff is also very welcoming and would automatically make you feel at home once you step a foot in their place! So, reserve a table now!
- Location: Hot Springs National Park, AR
- Website: http://www.smokinnstyle.com/
- Phone: 501-767-9797
- Store Hours: Tues-Thurs 11 am–8 pm / Fri-Sat 11 am–9 pm / Sun 11 am–3 pm
Whole Hog Café
The Whole Hog Café is known as a world-renowned barbecue restaurant that has won many awards. Since its opening in 2000 by three friends, Whole Hog Café has dedicated itself to pursuing barbecue perfection. A few of its restaurants have branched out into a small chain. While there have been some shortcomings to the food, overall quality has not been affected. Despite the cafe's focus on pork, it serves some beef dishes, mostly slow-smoked brisket and pulled pork.
- Location: 5107 Warden Rd, North Little Rock, AR
- Website: www.wholehogcafenlr.com
- Phone: 501-753-9227
- Store Hours: Mon-Sat 11 am–8 pm
The Butcher Shop Steakhouse
A beef-centric barbecue joint is a rarity in Arkansas, but The Butcher Shop Steakhouse is one of them. Its steaks are fantastic examples of southern beef at its finest, grilled over a hickory charcoal barbecue pit. The extensive menu includes everything from Ribeye to T-Bone to Top Sirloin to gigantic 25-ounce porterhouse steaks. Having been in business since 1982, the restaurant orders meat from some of the Midwest's finest suppliers. A butcher prepares the steaks in-house before they are barbecued, ensuring that they are perfect.
- Location: 10825 Hermitage Rd, Little Rock, AR
- Website: https://www.thebutchershoplittlerock.com/
- Phone: 501-312-2748
- Store Hours: Tues-Fri 5–9 pm / Sat 4:30–9 pm
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