My wife and I were in Las Vegas earlier this month visiting some family. I had to ask the obvious question of â€œwhere is the best BBQ in Las Vegas?â€ My nephew Alex quickly recommended a place called Memphis Championship Barbecue. With four locations around Las Vegas he finds it easy to eat there often and loves their pulled pork. So we asked him to show us the way.
Upon entering the restaurant you notice all of the BBQ trophies and awards that adorn the foyer. Not just local awards, but big competitions like Memphis in May. I was delighted to be at a restaurant that bases its menu on winning competition-style BBQ recipes. I couldnâ€™t wait to order.
We got seated and ordered the BBQ nachos for appetizers and some drinks. My wife and I decided to split the Grand Champion Plate for $19.99, which would give us a good sampling of their BBQ meats. It came with St. Louis ribs, beef ribs, smoked sausage, BBQ chicken, brisket, pork shoulder and a choice of two sides. We got the mac nâ€™ cheese and baked beans. Alex ordered the BBQ brisket while my niece, Tiana, and her baby-daddy each got the catfish.
When the BBQ nachos arrived it was nothing but artery-hardening deliciousness. Pulled pork pilled atop oh-so-cheesy nachos smothered in award winning BBQ sauce. Can you say tasty? I had to stop myself because the pending BBQ plate that I ordered. The plate came stacked with BBQ, more than enough for my wife and I. I started off with the pork ribs and found that they were seasoned well with good smoke flavor, but they were a little overcooked. The beef ribs were surprisingly delicious as was the hot link. The brisket and the pork shoulder were not bad at all. My biggest disappointment of the evening was the chicken that was dry. This let down was countered by the superb quality of the side dishes. All the way around the table everyone was talking about how good the side dishes were. In particular was the manâ€™ cheese as well as the collard greens.
No dessert was ordered this night in Las Vegas, we had nowhere to put it. As it was, we didnâ€™t even finish our Grand Champion Plate. Part of that was because the chicken was the only thing left on the plate, and the other part was that we were just too full.
I will be returning to Las Vegas next month and maybe revisit Memphis Championship BBQ or find me some other local favorite.
The Grand Champion Plate
Memphis Championship Barbecue:
S. Rainbow Blvd.
1401 S. Rainbow Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89146
2250 E.Warm Springs Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Santa Fe Station
4949 N. Rancho Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Las Vegas Blvd./Craig
4379 Las Vegas Boulevard
North Las Vegas, NV 89115
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