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Vikingms Oct 2, 2007 07:55 AM

Looking for recommendation for best Ribs (Baby Back, St. Louis) in LV within a few
miles of the strip...... any comments about Memphis Championship Barbeque?

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    tmartinsbox Oct 2, 2007 08:10 AM

    Battistas Hole in Wall has the best by far.

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    1. re: tmartinsbox
      azbirdiemaker Oct 5, 2007 04:04 PM


      An Italian place has good ribs? I wouldn't even think that would be on the menu. I've never tried them so I can't comment but speculation would be that they would stink.

      I would go to TC's Rib Crib. It seems like there are a lot of Vegas BBQ threads active on this board at the moment. TC's always satisfies with great 'Q, larger portions, and friendly faces.

      I've been to Memphis Championship and I thought it was almost unedible. Dry ribs with very little sauce and no memorable side dishes.

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      Wonginator Oct 2, 2007 09:19 AM

      On my trip last month, I hit 3 BBQ places, and I thought TC's Rib Crib was the best of the bunch. But I had the beef ribs there, and the place is located about 6 miles west of the Strip, so I don't know if that's further than you want to drive.

      Memphis Championship is pretty good, but not great. A step up from a Tony Roma's, but not by too much. Not sure which location is closest to the Strip. I went to the Rainbow location, and I've driven by the one in Henderson.

      K's BBQ is on the Strip, but at the very far southern end of the Strip, next to the South Pointe casino/hotel. That's about 3-4 miles south of Mandalay Bay.

      tc's rib crib
      las vegas, nv, las vegas, nv

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        brisket Oct 3, 2007 11:51 AM

        TC's. Memphis really isn't very good despite the pedigree of its owner.

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          Vegas Vic Oct 5, 2007 03:54 PM

          I've gotta put a vote in for Memphis BBQ's baby backs. I've eaten them no less than 30-40 times, and have never been disappointed. They are smoke-kissed pink, they kinda 'crumble' apart bone by bone, and the meat comes off with a gentle 'tug' when you bite them. Yes, Mike Mills is a MIM grand winner. I've had ribs at every other place in town; except for a new place called Buzz (I think) on Ann Road, in the NW. And Memphis beats Lucilles, TCs, K's, Dave's, Buckinghams every time... IMHO.

          1. re: Vegas Vic
            foodiefromfl Oct 6, 2007 09:26 AM

            Has anybody been to K's BBQ? I've seen it mention a few times here and in the Weekly, but I haven't heard of nay feedback.

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              Wonginator Oct 8, 2007 10:32 AM

              Here's a link to my review of my last trip, which included K's BBQ:


              I thought K's was pretty good, but not great. Pretty good beef brisket, pork spareribs were mixed as some pieces were really tender, others were a bit tough to chew. Huge portions, so you get your money's worth. No beef ribs or baby back ribs.

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                foodiefromfl Oct 9, 2007 08:19 PM

                Thanks for the info. Which BBQ place was your favorite?
                My husband and I drove out to La Jolla a couple of months ago and I remember passing the Mad Greek. They are suppose to have great Gyros.

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                  Wonginator Oct 10, 2007 09:18 AM

                  I thought TC's Rib Crib was the best of the 3 places I visited.

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                    azbirdiemaker Oct 10, 2007 10:03 PM

                    Agreed. TC's rocks!

            2. re: Vegas Vic
              LaserGecko Oct 17, 2007 11:55 AM

              Buzz ain't new. It's been there for a couple years now. I just created a "place" for it.

              Blah on Memphis. It's adequate, but just does not compare.

              I haven't made ribs in awhile, but I will save you a few the next time I do to get the taste of Memphis' out of your mouth. :-)

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            LaserGecko Oct 17, 2007 11:51 AM

            Best ribs and Q in Las Vegas:

            Buzz BBQ
            7810 W. ANN Rd # 130
            LAS VEGAS, NV 89149

            (702) 294-BUZZ

            Take I-15 north to the Spaghetti Bowl, then Take Hwy 95 North toward Tonopah. Exit at Ann Road and go West/Left. It's about a mile down the road in a shopping center on the north.

            Run by two old black guys and a fat white guy from Oklahoma. Even has homemade ice cream and Italian ices.

            Pretty easy to find. It's not near the Strip, but beats the pants off of K's BBQ. It's the only restaurant out here that has ever produced barbecue better than I and my Kamados can produce...and I am a BBQ snob (was even on FoodTV for five seconds once when I competed).

            Memphis does not produce Championship Barbeque. Sorry, Mike, you've dumbed it down enough to inspire me to get into the restaurant business and drive you out of it.

            Buzz BBQ
            7810 W ANN Rd 130, LAS VEGAS, NV 89149

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              janetofreno Jun 3, 2008 10:49 PM

              This one I will definitely check out, Thanks! I love BarbQue, and its close to my house to boot! Do you know the cross street with Ann??

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                LaserGecko Jun 5, 2008 06:12 PM

                It's between Durango and Hwy 95. Google Maps shows that it's .7 miles from the highway. It's in a strip mall near or next to Bugsy's. (?)

                By far, the best Q you can buy in Vegas. I haven't tried their pulled pork yet and can't say anything about their sauce...because their meat doesn't need any sauce. This is the only joint out here that I've ever considered better than my own Q.

                They also make their own gelato and ice cream.

                Unlike Memphis, Buzz BBQ's stuff IS good enough to be "competition" quality.

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              fledflew Oct 18, 2007 10:08 PM

              I've eaten at the Memphis on Warm Springs a handful of times because coworkers insisted. Their sandwiches are fair, but I've never had decent ribs from them. Of the 3-4 times I've ordered the ribs, they've always lacked either in size, preparation, meatiness or some other aspect. Also, the sides aren't worth bothering with.

              Personally, I prefer the ribs at Lucilles - I order them dry and sauce them at the table. They've always been consistently meaty, perfectly cooked, and tasty.

              I believe K's is in the strip mall by Del Taco? Any additional feedback on them?

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                littlesis1963 Feb 17, 2008 12:21 PM

                Only ate the chicken so far waaay to expensive for what we received.

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                  someyoungguyy Feb 17, 2008 12:35 PM

                  well, this place is near Downtown Vegas, kinda ghettoish area, it's called Big Mama's Rib Shack, I've heard good local reviews but be warned don't go at nite time, also try Adam's Ribs, kinda a far drive off of I-215 and Flamingo/Grand Canyon. Sometimes you gotta drive far to get the best of the best. My personal fav is Salt Lick BBQ at Red Rock Casino, I-215 at Charleston. They have a free shuttle from Fashion Show mall on the strip to the casino. Good Luck.:)

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                    hoseman666 Jun 1, 2008 02:26 PM

                    I was thinking about trying Adam's Ribs tonight; Maryland location. Went to their web page

                    lol love the hours listed: Sunday to Monday, 7:30 am to noon. Not my favorite time to eat ribs (but if they are good...


                    Not really a fan of Memphis, but their drive through sucks my lazy ass in once in a while. Had K's a few months ago; was promising, though I thought the portions were on the small side.

                    When Shaquille O'Neal is in town, he likes to work at Big Mama's.

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                      brisket Jun 3, 2008 02:32 PM

                      Is K's still open? I thought I'd read somewhere on here that it had shut.

                      I went to the Adam's on Grand Canyon a while back. It was fine, nothing that stood out in my mind. I'd go back for another shot, but nothing's really pushing me to do so.

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                        ciaogal Jun 3, 2008 05:34 PM

                        Look's like K's is gone.

                        Looks like Cajun BBQ Shack might be worth a visit!

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                          Honeychan Jun 3, 2008 05:46 PM

                          This is a bit odd, but there's also a K's BBQ, on Silverado Ranch Rd. and Las Vegas Blvd. It's been open for 7 months, and I tried it out this past weekend, finally.

                          My DH ordered the pork ribs; and sad to say, they were drier than beef jerky! The flavor was allright but the dryness killed the little enjoyment that gave.

                          MIL got the brisket, and it was fantastic! Falling apart, and really tasty and juicy. Had we known that would be so good, we would have ordered a double serving of it!

                          Sides were only MEH. Nothing to write home about, and they were s/o of biscuits! Not a happy camper about that news. K's does a fried chicken and waffles combo i'm dying to try. Hopefully sooner than later!

                          1. re: Honeychan
                            ciaogal Jun 3, 2008 05:52 PM

                            Huh, I'm confused?....I saw K's sign as I drove by a few weeks ago.....
                            This article is pretty recent...maybe the new owner hasn't changed the Sign.
                            This location is on Las Vegas Blvd, S & Silverado ranch....

                            1. re: ciaogal
                              westie Jun 4, 2008 02:43 AM

                              Cajun BBQ Shack now occupies the premises formerly housing K's BBQ.

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                                Honeychan Jun 4, 2008 01:15 PM

                                Yes, pulling out the new menu I got there on Saturday, it's now Cajun BBQ Shack. I'll try it again, want to get the chicken and waffles quite badly. The brisket was delish, and hopefully they'll have biscuits in stock next time, too!

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                                  lukshen Feb 24, 2009 01:04 PM

                                  I just called Buzz BBQ because my husband prefers baby back ribs. They do not serve them. Any suggestions for good baby back ribs?

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                                    VegasEl Feb 28, 2009 06:15 PM

                                    Yes....TC's Rib Crib on Desert Inn & Durango.

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