If you’re in the mood for mouthwatering BBQ smells and tastes to match, follow your senses to Fayetteville!

We have restaurants that offer a variety of barbecue styles all around town, so whether you’re staunchly team Memphis, trying out Texas ‘que, or exploring the tangy twangs of Delta-Q sauces, you’ll find just what you’re craving. We’ve got the best barbecue in Northwest Arkansas, just waiting to be discovered. Check out the list below to get started on your Fayetteville BBQ tour – you’ve got a lot of work to do!


Best BBQ Restaurants in Fayetteville, AR

The Bar-B-Q Place | Facebook 
3542 E Huntsville Rd

Small, local, and family owned and operated, the Bar-B-Q Place serves up delicious meals with a down-home feel. The aesthetic is very “roadside stopoff”, and it tastes just as authentic. Try their ribs, brisket bowls, and pork, all hickory smoked right in Fayetteville, AR since 2006. Don’t miss out on the banana pudding, perhaps the best-kept secret of this cozy gem. 

Girls Gone BBQ | Facebook 
2630 E Citizens Dr

Fayetteville’s newest BBQ joint is a women-owned and run operation specializing in modern takes on classic hickory-smoked Arkansas-Delta BBQ. Believing BBQ should be for everyone, this place is far from the standard good ol’ boys establishment. Expect the standards, with a delicious new twist: like pouring smoked serrano rye whiskey honey all over your cornbread! Our vegetarian and vegan friends will be delighted to find that there are options for them on every section of the menu, a rare treat in the BBQ world. 

Herman’s Ribhouse | Facebook 
2901 N College Ave

From the salsa and the salad dressings down to the spices and hand rubs used for their steaks and BBQ, everything at award-winning Herman’s Ribhouse is fresh and hand-made for the most authentic flavors. Priding themselves on a long-time tradition of excellence, the folks at Herman’s provide consistently delicious meals, earning them a nomination for the 2022 Arkansas Food Hall of Fame. In fact, Herman’s Ribhouse is so popular with the locals that a crew of volunteers helped keep the establishment afloat for a few rocky months through the pandemic! Try it for yourself – any BBQ will do. 

Lucky Luke’s BBQ | Facebook 
1220 Garland Ave

Lucky Luke’s may be a lesser-known BBQ spot in Fayetteville to visitors, but it’s been a long-time local favorite well worth a visit! Lucky Luke’s BBQ dishes up Texas-style smoked meats in classic cafeteria tradition, on sandwiches and trays. Everything is hickory-smoked, including their award-winning wings. Though it’s not their trademark, folks swear by their ribs.

Penguin Ed’s Bar-B-Que | Facebook 
230 S E Ave (landmark historic location)
2773 E Mission Blvd (East side location)

Penguin Ed’s, a long-running local chain, serves hickory-smoked BBQ, meats, sides, vegetarian options, and cold beer out of two locations in Fayetteville. They’ve been operating for upwards of 27 years, making themselves a mainstay in the NWA BBQ scene. The secret is in their slow, hickory-enhancing smoking method that makes for a deliciously high-quality, fall-off-the-bone flavor. We just have one request: grab a cookie from the counter on your way out the door.

Sassy’s | Facebook | Instagram
708 N College Ave (Red House)
1290 Steamboat Dr (Barbecue and Grille)

Sassy’s, both Red House and Barbecue and Grille, bears the namesake of their signature Sassy Jones BBQ sauce, first developed in 1895. In their words, the restaurant started with this perfect sauce and grew from there! You’ll find a little bit of everything on the menu, with Southern-style BBQ standards alongside traditional Ozark favorites. Both locations house popular outdoor dining areas, perfect for spending a fall afternoon or evening in Fayetteville. The “southern Ozark granny’s home-cooking” vibe is strong here in the very best way. 

Wes’ BBQ Burger Plus | Facebook 
14 S University Ave

As one of Northwest Arkansas’ very first minority-owned small businesses, Wes’ BBQ is a bonafide Fayetteville establishment. Operating for 40 years in the same location with the same employees, it’s undeniably old school with unbeatable prices and delicious hamburgers, too! They serve a full range of BBQ meats from their small and homey restaurant, which is about as authentic as they come. 

Whole Hog Cafe | Facebook 
3009 N College Ave

The Fayetteville location of Whole Hog Cafe is one of a small chain of local BBQ outposts in Northwest Arkansas. Specializing in Memphis-style BBQ standards, Whole Hog dishes out ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken, wings and more in their casual dining atmosphere. Keep it classic with sides like potato salad, cheesy corn, baked beans, mac-n-cheese, and cole slaw served up in generous portions alongside your perfectly smoked & seasoned meats. 

Wright’s Barbecue | Facebook | Instagram
2212 Main Dr

Wright’s Barbecue appears to be a ​laid-back outpost with classic barbecue options – but in reality, Wright’s is running out of space for the awards earned from their delicacies! Serving an array of smoked meats and hearty sides, this family-owned BBQ company specializes in prime brisket, ribs, pork, chicken, and homemade sausage. The sides are all house made, and everything pairs perfectly with a cold beer served on site. If it’s your thing, you’ve gotta try the bacon burnt ends! 

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