We are currently in Las Vegas, the most beautiful city, for our first time and absolutely loving it! We are wanting to go out for proper BBQ food, and looking for recommendations as trying to search the internet for recommendations is overwhelming.
I understand the frustration of trying to find a good BBQ restaurant in Las Vegas, and one that is close to where visitors are.
Here are my top picks that are either walking distance from tourism visitor areas, or a very short/cheap Uber ride. If you are new to Uber, we’ll post our code for your first ride (up to $20) for free the first time you download and use their app (which is a super easy and fun way to get anywhere in Las Vegas):
Big Earn’s BBQ (Fremont East in Container Park) – Ribs, great brisket and pulled pork, and a nice variety of side dishes (plus cold beer). From the Fremont Street Experience (where most of the downtown hotels are), walk east until you see the big launch “slot machine” for Slotzilla. Walk two more blocks, and you can’t miss Container Park — a fun locals hangout with restaurants, bars, and fun stores — on your right. 707 E. Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Benny’s Smokin’ BBQ & Brews – Located inside Binion’s Hotel Casino downtown, the prices are right but the selections are limited. Chicken or ribs (or both). You can sit at a table, or at the full bar (with video poker). 128 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Rick’s Rollin Smoke BBQ & Tavern – If you are a Pawn Stars fan, this is your spot. Prices aren’t the cheapest, but portion sizes are nice and the menu has some serious variety. Just a really cool atmosphere all around, and having a full bar doesn’t hurt!
From where Fremont Street crosses The Strip, you’ll be hiking a little more than 1/2 a mile south on Las Vegas Blvd. It isn’t the most exciting walk in the world. You may want to just hop an Uber. 725 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89101
Photo courtesy of Rick’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ and Tavern
Rollin’ Smoke Barbeque – These are the people who run Rick’s Rollin Smoke. Their no-frills (and no booze) location just behind the Fashion Show Mall is a mile from The Strip and should only be visited if you want to do take-out (for back to your room) and you are farther north on The Strip, to where the other options are farther away than you wish to travel. 3185 Highland Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Ellis Island Hotel Casino (Near Las Vegas Strip) – Ellis Island BBQ is a favorite of both locals and visitors. Prices are super-reasonable, and each entree is service with their own home-brewed root beer, corn on the cob, garlic bread, and coleslaw. Or you can order one of the many beers brewed on the Ellis Island property. Like Binion’s, this is a chicken or ribs (or both) barbeque place. That’s it.
This hidden gem pretty much sits right behind Bally’s Hotel Casino. Walk east on Flamingo. Past the end of Bally’s, you’ll be approaching Koval Lane. Turn right (south) on Koval and you can’t miss it! 4178 Koval Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89109
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