Where to Find Ribs in little Rock

Dining defines a city. For Little Rock, located in what has been called the middle of the barbeque belt, ribs are a cherished tradition. While Little Rock’s barbeque festivals are famous for providing some of the sweetest, tangiest ribs around, there are plenty of restaurants in Little Rock where you can enjoy this meal anytime of the year.

Known for its home-style Southern cooking and hospitality, Little Rock restaurants excel at just the sort of dishes one might expect-barbeque ribs and all the fixings, among them. While most Little Rock families are likely to have their own secret barbeque recipes that they use for picnics and tailgating, a few families have decided to make businesses out of feeding the public and not just their own friends and relatives.

Among some of the best rib joints in Little Rock can be found below.

Capitol Smokehouse & Grill

Famed for their smoked meat and spicy sauces (try mild, pig trail, mustardy good froggy bottom, and hot) the barbeque ribs at this downtown establishment are outstanding. Their smoked corn (whole kernel corn adorned with spices) and banana pudding are reason enough for a visit if you still have room after the ribs and beans. Beer and wine are served here too. Capitol Smokehouse & Grill also does catering, in case you don’t have your own family recipe.

Sims’ Bar-B-Que

Today run by Ron Blakely, Sims’ was originally started in Hard Scramble, Arkansas, by his grandfather in the 1930s. Ron’s aunt and uncle made the foray into Little Rock with their own Sims’ featuring ribs with a sweet brown barbeque sauce and slow-cooked meat. Following on from that tradition, today Sims’ Bar-B-Que is known for its sauce, seasoning, and meat which is cooked in slow, Southern style. While their seafood choices and hot links are outstanding, the barbeque ribs remain a great reason to visit Sims’.

Whole Hog Cafe

Once you enter this restaurant and catch a glimpse of the number of trophies they have won for their barbeque prowess, you know you are in the right place for ribs. Whole Hog is listed in Fodor’s and has been featured on Rachel Ray, but the real reason to visit this restaurant is that, when asked, most locals will point you in the direction of Whole Hog. You can’t go wrong with a rack from Whole Hog and one of the six magical sauces (with the seventh, volcano, on demand).

Corky’s Ribs & Barbecue

At Corky’s, you will find some of the city’s finest Memphis-style hickory-smoked ribs and barbeque. Whether you choose their hand-rubbed special-recipe dry shake or their great sauce, with their standard 18 hours of smoked goodness sealing in the succulence, these are some of best ribs you are likely to encounter in Little Rock. Although there are numerous Southern locations for Corky’s, nothing about the food here resembles a chain brand meal.

If you are looking for a great rack of ribs, there’s no better town than Little Rock, Arkansas, to indulge your taste buds. Although this is just a small sampling of the restaurants in town serving up great Southern fare, and in particular, barbeque ribs, one thing is certain. You will have a great meal at any of the restaurants described here.