Arkansas July 07, 2017
These 10 Hole In The Wall BBQ Restaurants In Arkansas Will Make Your Tastebuds Go Crazy
I’m of the firm belief that the best barbecue in the world comes from little unsuspecting places. Whether that’s because they’ve invested in the recipe more than the venue or just because barbecue tastes better when served with a smile, I’ll never know. If you also believe the best barbecue comes from hole-in-the-wall eateries, you’re in the right place. Below you’ll find ten of the best barbecue joints in the Natural State, and they’re all small enough to make you feel right at home.
1. Jones Bar-B-Q Diner (Marianna)
This one is going to make it near the top of our barbecue lists every time, y’all. Jones Bar-B-Q Diner is an institution, a James Beard award winning Arkansas eatery that is the very definition of "hole in the wall." Be cautious about when you go to Jones Bar-B-Q Diner though, as they run out of slow-cooked meat very early in the day—and I do mean every single day. It’s just that good.
Jones BBQ Diner is located at 219 West Louisiana Street in Marianna.
2. H.B.’s Bar-B-Q (Little Rock)
H.B.’s isn’t about to open up a boring old chain. They do what they do best—and that’s mouthwatering barbecue made in a small neighborhood restaurant. When I say they’re a neighborhood restaurant, I really mean that. They call a residential neighborhood home. H.B.’s has been in the barbecue business since 1961, and they’re still serving up roasted meat to die for.
H.B.’s is located at 6010 Lancaster Road in Little Rock.
[email protected] Barbecue (Rogers)
You know the kind of place you almost drive right by because you didn’t see it? Well, if you’re near Rogers you need to pull over at
’s Barbecue. It’s easy to miss if you don’t keep your eyes peeled, and you certainly don’t want to neglect barbecue that good. They might be a small little place, but it’s absolutely jam-packed with slow-cooked flavor.
Barbecue is located at 2405 North 2nd Street in Rogers.
4. Gene’s BBQ (Brinkley)
Gene’s is a favorite hiding in the small town of Brinkley. You’re going to love the awesome barbecue there, and all the other Arkansas favorites they serve alongside it. It isn’t unheard of to get catfish and barbecue on the same plate at Gene’s.
Gene’s is located at 1107 Highway 17 in Brinkley.
5. Craig’s (De Valls Bluff)
Craig’s isn’t much to look at, but if you’re after totally delicious hunks of meat slathered in drink-able barbecue sauce, you’re looking at a restaurant you don’t want to miss. They offer a full menu of down-home favorites in a cozy, hometown setting.
Craig’s is located at 15 Walnut in DeValls Bluff.
6. Pig’n-Chik (Sherwood)
If you’re looking for mouthwatering barbecue in a laidback atmosphere, you need to head to central Arkansas, to the town of Sherwood. You’re going to find a variety of comforting items on their menu, including some absolutely fantastic barbecue. From ribs to pulled pork, they serve slow roasted meat to die for.
Pig’n-Chik is located at 7824 Highway 107 in Sherwood.
7. Sims Bar-B-Q (Little Rock)
Okay, Sims does have more than one location around Little Rock, but all of their homes are humble abodes. Folks in Little Rock have grown up on Sims, partly because they’ve been around since 1937. It isn’t only tradition that’s kept Sims in business so long. They’ve stuck around because their barbecue is out of this world.
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8. Kibbs BBQ (Stuttgart)
Homemade fries and perfect, smokey meat awaits you in Stuttgart. Kibbs has been serving up falling-off-the-bone meats for more than 40 years and they’re still going strong. The restaurant doesn’t look like much, but boy their plates have a lot going on.
Kibbs BBQ is located at 436 West 2nd Street in Stuttgart.
9. Bubba’s Barbecue (Eureka Springs)
If it weren’t for the sign you’d probably think Bubba’s in Eureka Springs was somebody’s house, right? Well, you can’t exactly order a truly enormous plate of ribs at somebody’s house. Bubba’s pit barbecue is absolutely decadent, and that home-like atmosphere adds to the experience, too.
Bubba’s Barbecue is located at 166 West Van Buren in Eureka Springs.
10. Hog Pen (Conway)
Don’t worry, they don’t really have a hog out in their outside pen. Inside, however, they do have some fine barbecue. From dry-rubbed ribs to their own incredible barbecue sauce, the Hog Pen is great eats in a clean, friendly setting.
Hog Pen is located at 800 Walnut Street in Conway.
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