South Dakota has long been enthusiastic about their barbecue. Whether you’re looking for down-home eateries deemed the best in the country, or rustic smokehouses bursting with classic flavors, you’ll find it right here in the Mount Rushmore State. Here are the 10 best barbecue joints in South Dakota.
Big Rig BBQ had humble beginnings as a food truck. As their reputation for delicious food grew, they upgraded to a sit-down restaurant. This barbecue joint has been named the “Best BBQ in South Dakota” by Travel Channel. The owner brought the taste of Texas barbecue to South Dakota! All meat is smoked fresh daily in a real wood smoker. When smoking meats, real oak wood is added to the smoker every 30 to 45 minutes. Smoked meats available include sliced brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and prime rib. To taste a variety of fresh smoked meats, sides, and cornbread, head to their weekday lunch buffet!
This award-winning barbecue restaurant serves up mouth-watering meats and scrumptious sides! Their specialties include half or full-rack of ribs, barbecue pulled pork sandwich, beef brisket sandwich, smoked pulled chicken sandwich, slop top sandwich, beef brisket, pulled chicken, wings, breaded shrimp combo, buffalo chicken combo, and other items. Platters are available including the two or three-meat platters and a family platter. Catering is also available!
Bunky’s BBQ in Spearfish offers slow-cooked hardwood-smoked meats for a great price! Each menu item comes with sides of coleslaw and baked beans. The menu is small, but tasty. It includes options such as pulled pork, brisket, and smoked hot dog. The meat is known around town for being tender and tasty. Check out Bunky’s BBQ next to the Crow Peak Brewing Company!
This family-owned business serves up the best barbecue cooking in Vermillion. Favorite menu items include the full-rack of ribs, honey-glazed drumsticks, smoked barbecue brats, and smoked sausage links. Feeling extra hungry? Order the $150 party pack with three racks of ribs, 12 drum sticks, 12 brats or three sausage links, garlic break, baked beans, and coleslaw. Call Heck’s Dakota Style BBQ to cater your big event!
Duker’s BBQ began when the owner won the Ribs, Rods & Rock ’n Roll BBQ Competition in Vermillion. Since then, he has opened his own store in Yankton and cooks his award-winning recipes for his many satisfied customers. Specialties include pork ribs, pulled pork, pork loin, beef brisket, chicken, hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, and quartered whole hog. Get Duker’s BBQ to cater your next event!
While Steerfish Steak & Smoke only opened last year, they already have a large following of loyal customers. The dining room is large and lively, and the service is friendly. Menu favorites include Happy Jack ribs, smokehouse brisket, Gunslinger brisket, barbecue pulled pork, chicken fried steak, chicken fried chicken, and sagebrush chicken. The menu also includes salads, burgers, and a kids menu.
Come to Sioux Falls’ Backyard Grill for authentic barbecue! This restaurant uses an authentic smoke house with hickory, cherry, and apple wood to smoke the meat for up to 12 hours, bringing out all the flavor and creating the ideal texture. Menu items are pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked chicken, smoked chicken salad, slider trio, and catfish filet. Each item can be served as a combo or sandwich. They have a variety of delicious sides such as corn bread, macaroni salad, kettle chips, barbecued spaghetti, potato salad, mac n’ cheese, Texas chili, and South Dakota State University ice cream. Catering services are available. There are three locations: two in Sioux Falls and one in Brookings.
The first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit was opened in 1941, and since then, has built more stores and a reputation for delicious meats. All meats are slow-cooked onsite in a hickory wood burning pit. The menu includes items such as beef brisket, pulled pork, St. Louis-style ribs, Polish sausage, spicy cheddar sausage, smoked turkey, and marinated chicken. Rolls and ice cream are complimentary, and kids eat free on Sundays—talk about a great value!
Opened this year, the RC BBQ Company provides savory all-you-can-eat barbecue to Rapid City. The all-you-can-eat buffet includes hickory smoked riblets, barbecue beans, mac n’ cheese, corn on the cob, corn bread muffin, potato salad, and the Dessert of the Day. Specialty meats are also available depending on the day and may include hot links, baby back ribs, brisket, pulled pork, prime rib, and barbecue brisket pizza. Check their website for more information on specialty meat availability. Catering and carryout are available.
Famous Dave’s uses a live-wood smoker with hickory logs. Menu favorites include Georgia chopped pork, Southside rib tips, Texas beef brisket, Sweetwater catfish, barbecue chicken, and traditional or boneless wings.