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Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by redsdog, Jul 2, 2012.

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  1. redsdog

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    Hello Everyone

    From the UK but been to Vegas plenty. In England there is a show called Man vs Food been shown all the time. I keep seeing him eating in some nice BBQ places and always fancied trying it.

    So is there anywhere on the strip that anyone could recomend for BBQ food?

    Cheers

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  2. TRN

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    A little hole in the wall "Ellis Island" back behind Ballys/Flamingo right off the strip... connected to Super 8 Motel. Best BBQ in Vegas.
     
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    Their BBQ restaurant (not to be confused with their main restaurant on the opposite side of the casino, called amazingly, "The Restaurant") opens at 4. Get the BBQ chicken and ribs combo - you won't regret it. And by all means, go hungry and go early. They're also a microbrewery, so you need to spend a little time at the bar first anyway.
     
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    Barbecue here in the States is very subjective. One's meat is another's poison, literally.

    We enjoy Memphis BBQ on Warm Springs and Lucille's BBQ by Green Valley Ranch.

    Famous Dave's is a chain BBQ place, but not bad at all.
     
  5. ken2v

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    Well, rhetorically poisonous, if not in fact. (You should hear what some Carolinians said to me when I pointed out that Hawai'ian barbecue is by far America's oldest persuasion. lol)

    For those who care about such things, what EI does -- though quite tasty, indeed -- is not barbecue. They roast their ribs and then re-heat with a mop on the grill.
     
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    on the corner of LV Blvd and Convention Center Drive theres an all you can eat Korean BBQ
     
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    Memphis BBQ gets my vote.
     
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    First, if you do have BBQ in Las Vegas don't assume this is what all BBQ tastes like. BBQ is very regional in the US.


    I don't know of any true BBQ places in Vegas. I've never been to the Ellis Island location but heard good things. Gillys in Treasure Island would also be a possibility if you want something right on the strip. Neither will be amazing, but both should give you an idea if you ever want to try BBQ again if you are elsewhere in the US.


    There is a place in Excalibur as well that would be ok. Again nothing amazing, but you would be able to get a little bit of everything there and try some different things.
     
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    There isn't any BBQ in Vegas. Fly to Charlotte, NC instead. Or Lockhart, TX.

    The last attempt Vegas made at BBQ was RUB at Rio. It was pathetic. Some of the worst meat I've ever thrown back at the cooks. Lynrd Skynrd at Excalibur is from the same mold.

    Sorry, redsdog. No BBQ for you if you are in Vegas.
     
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    I agree with this post.

    BBQ and the mass scale business of Vegas do not mix together at all.

    That said, the ribs at ellis island are worth the money. Just know that's not real BBQ, it's ribs with BBQ sauce.
     
  11. redsdog

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    Wow

    Thanks for the replies everyone. I never realised BBQ was such a divisive subject.

    I kinda got the idea that BBQ was very much a Southern traditional thing (I hope i'm not offending anyone for any reason) and that each state or area had a different take on things. I would definately love to be able to have a look round that part of the world at some point.

    But for now my trips Stateside are limited to Vegas and the Odd New York visit.

    I'll give Menphis BBQ a go when I'm back in September and let you know how I find it.

    Thanks Again
     
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    You say you go to NYC sometimes. In NYC there is Hill Country BBQ, Texas style. It's very expensive, especially for bbq but Texans I know give it a thumbs up.
     
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    Thanks for that - will defo have a look when i'm there next.
     
  14. Donnie UK

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    We are heading back to Vegas in September - when you going Redsdog ?
     
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    Back end - 27th for a week at the Luxor.

    You??
     
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    If there's any kind of American cuisine which elicits disagreement, BBQ, particularly BBQ ribs, has to be it!

    My personal fave are the Italian style BBQ ribs, such as those served at the Smoke Pit in Omaha and Portillos/Barnellis in Chicago and various other places, none of which are within 1000 miles of Las Vegas. :)

    As an aside, I do think that Portillos/Barnellis would be a major hit in Las Vegas!

    I don't think that Las Vegas has its own regional style of BBQ, just that which has been imported from elsewhere.

    LOL! Does Las Vegas even have any unique regional cuisine at all? The all you can gorge buffet, maybe? :) Fatburger? :)

    Oh well ... :)
     
  17. Donnie UK

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    13th to the 20th - Flying from Manchester into the spanking new terninal and staying at the Monte Carlo for a week. I am looking at Luxor for the next trip in a year or so - let me know what you think.
     
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    The Big Four general classifications that most everyone knows/talks about are:

    Carolinas--parts of both states, pig is king, queen and regent, differentiation is whether it is whole hog or shoulder, and the type of (vinegary) sauce.

    Memphis--ribs, and the fight in town is whether they are dry or wet.

    Texas--brisket, beef ribs and sausages; barbacoa in the south, "southern" style in the eastern hills.

    KC--ribs and burnt ends, and the sauce is as important--though KC is the true melting pot of American bbq given the city's location (food and cooking styles travel through migration like any other cultural vestige, always morphing at least a bit in the process).

    A lotta folks don't realize that the centerpiece of the Hawai'ian luau--and I'm not talking poi--is barbecue: kalua pig.

    Most food historians/culinary writers recognize that our sixth major style is Santa Maria, a vestige from the rancho days along California's central coast. Like a good bit of Texas bbq, it is a direct process. The menu features red oak-grilled tri-tip (a bbq "must" is a tough cut of meat) that's simply treated with salt, pepper and garlic, served with salsa, pinquito beans and French bread with butter.
     
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    Proud Eastern North Carolina Resident here. To the previous poster, there are 2 styles in NC where the sauce is the distinction

    Eastern NC Style- Pulled or Chopped Pork slow cooked over charcoal / wood, but most newer BBQ joints use electric cookers. The Sauce is vinegar based w/ pepper.

    Western SC Style - Pork cooked in the same fashion, but the sauce is tomato based but not as thick as KC or Memphis.

    My personal preference is Eastern NC Style. However, I've found nothing like it in Vegas or any other city west of NC for that matter.

    To the OP's question, you could try BB Kings at The Mirage. I've eaten there before, and the ribs are ok. I'm staying at NY NY in early Sept. I'm debating whether to try the new Lynyrd Skynyrd joint at Excalibur or not.
     
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    I'm sorry if that wasn't clear in my post. What I was trying to get across is that vinegar is at the core, whether coast or piedmont, and North and South, with some with tomato, some mustard; it certainly ain't KC-style.
     
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