If you’re considering moving to Northwest Arkansas, you may wonder how good the BBQ is. Let me assure you—it’s good. Real good. While there is no Arkansas style BBQ, the state has taken the best of the surrounding states—Texas, Missouri, and Tennessee. Arkansas BBQ is like the Northwest Arkansas region itself—hard to define as part of any one region. It’s a place that has Southern roots but also Midwestern grit and a touch of the Southwest thrown in. Embrace the diversity, pull up a seat at the table, and try all the grilled meats, sauces and dry rubs in the area until you find your favorites.
Let’s home in on Fayetteville itself. Fayetteville is on the outskirts of the Boston Mountains, deep within the Ozarks. With approximately 85,000 people, Fayetteville is the third-largest city in Arkansas and home to the flagship University of Arkansas. Nearly 25% of all University of Arkansas freshmen are Texans, which is a reason why Fayetteville has begun to smoke up more Texas-style brisket and ribs. In my opinion, here are the top five BBQ joints in the city.
Wright’s Barbecue is handcrafted, and 100% wood-fired Texas-style BBQ. After winning first for their brisket in a competition against 36 other teams, Jordan Wright opened a food truck in Fayetteville in 2016. The large portions of tender brisket were so popular, the team moved into a century-old house turned restaurant by 2017. Their baked beans and bacon burnt ends are full lip-smackin’ flavor. You’re missing out if you haven’t tried this delicious smoked meat.
2212 Main Dr, (479) 633-7229
Step back in time for some authentic Ozark charm. Opened since 1964, Herman’s serves steak and ribs with a rich garlic sauce that will make your mouth water. Hands down, they also have the best Philly steak sandwich in Northwest Arkansas. Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday through Saturday.
2901 N. College Rd, (479) 442-9671
Each of the three locations in Fayetteville has a unique ambiance. The historic location on East Ave is arguably the best, where diners can call in their orders on red phones from the booths. Excellent pulled pork, ribs or brisket. You also can’t go wrong with fried pickles, fried okra & Betty’s sweet fried pies.
230 S E Ave, Fayetteville, AR, (479) 521-3663
Whole Hog Café
Whole Hog Café offers on-point Memphis style barbecue in Northwest Arkansas. The meats are seasoned and smoked to perfection. They offer seven types of finger-lickin’ BBQ sauce. If you like spicy, you must try the Volcano Sauce (#6). Whole Hog Café also has a location in Bentonville.
3009 N College Ave, Fayetteville, AR 72703
Sassy’s Red House
Sassy’s Red House has melt-in-your-mouth smoked turkey and is known across the region for its brisket. Try the loaded baked potatoes or the BBQ nachos. Relax on the patio, which is dog friendly.
Are you hungry to live in an area with wide patios, mouth-watering BBQ and piquant sauces? To add your voice to the conversation of which BBQ sauce is the best with pulled pork? Let’s have a conversation over a stack of short ribs about the perfect home for you.
708 N College Ave, (479) 856-6366
If you want to know more about Fayetteville, AR, or are considering moving, feel free to contact me. I’d be happy to help.