Don’t get me wrong, barbecue is great anytime of the year, but it seems to lend itself best to summer. There are quite a number of great barbecue joints – they seem better described as joints rather than restaurants – all over Arkansas and we have some of the very best right here in Hot Springs.
Three of my favorites are McClard’s, Smokin’ in Style and Stubby’s. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but if I must I’d lean toward Smokin’ in Style. One of my favorite menu items is a combination of delicious meats with a few side dishes. This is more than Ray and I can eat together, but it makes great leftovers for several days.
McClard’s is probably the most famous Hot Springs barbecue. The food is delicious and the portions are enormous. The décor looks the same as it did decades ago, which is fun and nostalgic. The line to get in tends to be long, especially on the weekends, but the food is certainly worth the wait. McClard’s delivered regularly to the White House during the Clinton years.
Stubby’s looks exactly the way I think a barbecue joint should look.
There is a wall full of old car license plates and signs. Barbecue is ordered while standing in line and it is very tasty. I recently had the pulled pork sandwich with baked beans like my mom use to make, slaw and potato salad – all delicious.
I really enjoy all three Hot Springs barbecue joints and they are certainly part of my summer time food cravings. They are located in different parts of town, easily accessible and a treat for all barbecue lovers.
We’d love to help you decide which barbecue to try and give you directions to the restaurant. We also encourage any Hot Springs visitors to spend time with us at our award-winning bed and breakfast and we’ll treat you like royalty. Make reservations online or give us a call at 501.525.6155 and we’ll help you make plans for a fabulous Hot Springs getaway.