Barbecue is a staple of Southern Cuisine. Years ago chefs would work outside near a big smoking pit seasoning beef, chicken, pork and a variety of other meats before cooking it in the pit. While most restaurants have given up the pit they still create delicious Barbecue dishes that tempt the taste buds. Any self-respecting connoisseur of BBQ will say that the true home of barbecue is located in Kansas City or Memphis. Of course there are other places that also serve delicious barbecue. The Fort Smith area has numerous restaurants that serve some of the best barbecue dishes around. In fact several of these restaurants serve dishes that have taken home top honors at some of the most prestigious barbecue competitions. So which restaurant is the best? It is hard to answer that question because everybody’s tastes are different. However there are restaurants to suit everybody’s desires. So check out this list of some of the best barbecue restaurants in Fort Smith.
Art’s Bar-B-Q 4620 Rogers Avenue Fort Smith, AR
Barbecue and football go hand-in-hand, and no one knows that better than Art’s BBQ & Catering. Art’s serves some of the best barbecue in Fort Smith (many dishes under ten dollars). Add a big-screen television set and a wall adorned with football memorabilia and football fans will feel right at home. For those who prefer to watch the big game at home, Art’s also has a catering service. They can be reached by phone or email.
Art’s BBQ and Catering is located at 4620 Rogers Ave Fort Smith AR 72903 (479) 452-2550 or (479) 414-1202
Imajerk BBQ 8828 Highway 59 Cedarville, AR 72932
With a name like “Imajerk” most people might find the staff unapproachable. However Imajerk BBQ offers some of the friendliest service around. Located in a small town north of Fort Smith Imajerk BBQ caters to barbecue fans who like to walk on the wild side. Imajerk offers Brisket, Chicken, Sausage Links even Bolonga. Customers can order their favorite meat as a dinner entree or a sandwich. For those who like beer with their barbecue, Imajerk is also a private club. Customers cansign up for a free membership which entitles them to order beer to compliment their meal.
Imajerk is located at 8828 N. Hwy 59 Cedarville, AR. They can be reached by phone at 479-262-2144. Imajerk is open Wednesday thru Sunday from 11 Am until 9 Pm.
Ralph’s Pink Flamingo BBQ 2801 Old Greenwood Road #3 Fort Smith, AR
Anyone looking to have their barbecue prepared by an award-winning chef should come down toRalph’s Pink Flamingo BBQ. Owner Ralph Taylor has won the American Royal Open andAmerican Royal Invitational as well as various other contests as close as Fort Smith and as far off as Dillon and Frisco Colorado. Mr. Taylor is also a member of the prestigeous Kansas City Barbecue Society. For those looking to sample those award winning dishes come in and order a Judges Platter which contains a delicous brisket, pulled pork, ribs, sausage and two sides. Don’t forget to pick up some of Ralph’s signature sauces. The Pink Flamingo offers three different sauces Smokey, Hot, and Original which was used in all of the championships that the Pink Flamingo team has won.
Ralph’s Pink Flamingo is locaed at 2801 Old Greenwood Rd #3 Fort Smith AR (479) 649-7427
Rivertowne BBQ 205 South Third Street Ozark, AR
This is one of the (if not the actual) best barbecue restaurant in the River Valley. Rivertowne BBQ opened their doors in June of 2000 and has been delighting customers both near and far. One of Rivertowne’s secrets for success is not slathering their meats with sauce. Owners Kevin and Pamela Doyle prefer to use only quality meats for their dishes; that way the meat does not need to be slathered in barbecue sauce unless the customer chooses to do so. Speaking of sauce Rivertowne makes all of their own barbecue sauce on site. Customers can pick up a bottle for a nominal fee.
Rivertowne BBQ is located at 205 South Third St. Ozark AR (479) 667-1808