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Aug 3, 2006 03:39 AM

State of Barbecue in Las Vegas

Have any Chowhounds visited the new Salt Lick BBQ at the Red Rock Casino?

And any comments about the relative merits of the different branches of Memphis Championship BBQ in Las Vegas?

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  1. Hi Dave,

    I tried Salt Lick twice. I was not impressed. I found the brisket to be overdone and dried out. The bbq sauce is a mustard vinegar sauce that is only good on the sausage. I was not impressed with the sides either. I found Memphis BBQ on Rainbow and Charleston to be much better. I also found Buckingham's Smokehouse on Rainbow north of Lake Mead Blvd. to be very good as is Famous Dave's (for a chain) on Rainbow south of Lake Mead Blvd.

    1. Buckingham's Smokehouse Is the BEST i've had in town. Beyond delicious, and to-die-for BBQ'd pork! I go there whenever i'm on that side of town.

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      1. re: Honeychan

        Is it a pit barbecue, Honeychan? What style barbecue? Thanks.

        1. re: Dave Feldman


          Honestly, i'm not quite sure. I'm going to have to say it's not a pit BBQ, cause the pit BBQ places i've been make it a -point- not to hide the fact!
          I also think it's leaning towards Texas-style BBQ, but with other options besides brisket. My good friend who took me there the first time was born and raised in Texas, and she said it really was the best BBQ outside her home state. Once I tasted the pork, I was sold.

          Sorry I coulden't give more details!

          1. re: Honeychan

            Thanks for trying, Honeychan. I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it to Buckinham's on this trip, but if I do, I'll be sure and report back.

      2. First--in all cases I'm talking about brisket, which is all we've tried at the following places: We had a branch of MCB near us for a while--consistently mediocre. We recently tried Salt Lick and thought it was decent, but not great or anything. We're not a fan of that mustard-type sauce, and they ignored our request to put the sauce on the side. Famous Dave's is consistently pretty good--flavorful and very tender--the closest we've come to great 'Q in Vegas, and surprisingly good for a chain. We tried Buckingham's and thought it was awful, although not quite as bad as Big Mama's. We recognize that barbecue tends to be somewhat inconsistent, so our single tries of these last two places may not mean much.

        1. A great place for BBQ is Barbeque Masters Wood Smoked. It is in Henderson right off of the 215 and Stephanie (on Horizon Ridge). Has incredible pulled pork, the ribs fall off the bone and the pulled chicken is great. The brisket has been a hit or miss with friends (i am not a brisket fan so can't judge it).

          1. I recommend the Rib Crib on Desert Inn just east of Durango. While I haven't tried Salt Lick, I have tried Daves, Buckingham, MCB and BBQ Masters and I think the Rib Crib beats them all. It is New Orleans style bbq.

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            1. re: jfommy

              What is New Orleans style barbecue?