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Stubby's Hik-Ry Pit Bar-B-Que

3024 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR - (501) 624-1552
One of the nation's great barbecues, Stubby's sets the highest standards of slow-smoked pork, ham and beef; and its side dishes of smoked pit potato and pot-o-beans are unequalled.
100% Approval Rating (4 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Ultimate Platter
Sauce
Pot O Beans
Supreme Potato
Half Chicken
Ribs
Smoked Pit Potato
Pork BBQ Sandwich

Highlighted Reviews

rating
Michael Stern - Photos (8)
Roadfood.com Editor
"Since Richard "Stubby" Stubblefield, Jr. opened it in 1952, Stubby's has become a benchmark of great barbecue, not only in Hot Springs but in all the South. Now in the capable hands of Chris Dunkel, whose parents bought it from Stubby in 1977, it is a place where ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

3024 Central Ave., Hot Springs, AR
(501) 624-1552

http://www.stubbysbbq.com

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
With all the great menu items it is easy to overlook the pork BBQ sandwich.  It came out a little more heavily sauced than I would prefer, but the meat is sliced thick and you can really taste the smoky flavor.
"With all the great menu items it is easy to overlook the pork BBQ sandwich. It came out a little more heavily sauced than I would prefer, but the meat is sliced thick and you can really taste the smoky flavor."
Cliff Strutz





Only the top layer of sauce is visible in this picture. Below it is a surfeit of pit-cooked ham laced in among the beans.
"Only the top layer of sauce is visible in this picture. Below it is a surfeit of pit-cooked ham laced in among the beans."
Michael Stern


Arkansas is as well known for its chicken as for barbecue, so it should come as no surprise that Stubby's barbecued chicken is four-star. Its skin glazed with magnificent sauce, its meat indescribably tender and succulent, it compares well to the most luxurious pork.
"Arkansas is as well known for its chicken as for barbecue, so it should come as no surprise that Stubby's barbecued chicken is four-star. Its skin glazed with magnificent sauce, its meat indescribably tender and succulent, it compares well to the most luxurious pork."
Michael Stern


Everything Stubby's barbecues is first rate. Those unable to commit to one item can choose the Ultimate Platter: beef, pork, ham and ribs. The Super Ultimate Platter adds a half chicken.
"Everything Stubby's barbecues is first rate. Those unable to commit to one item can choose the Ultimate Platter: beef, pork, ham and ribs. The Super Ultimate Platter adds a half chicken. "
Michael Stern


Chris Dunkel makes sauce from scratch in back of Stubby's every day. He starts with 40 gallons and boils it down to about 15. The result: intense, sweet and tangy sauce that is perhaps the South's best.
"Chris Dunkel makes sauce from scratch in back of Stubby's every day. He starts with 40 gallons and boils it down to about 15. The result: intense, sweet and tangy sauce that is perhaps the South's best."
Michael Stern


Chris Dunkel said that a seeker of great barbecue should look for three things in any place under consideration: mismatched chairs, a wood pile and great meat. Stubby's has all three.
"Chris Dunkel said that a seeker of great barbecue should look for three things in any place under consideration: mismatched chairs, a wood pile and great meat. Stubby's has all three."
Michael Stern


Beacon of great barbecue in Hot Springs since 1952
"Beacon of great barbecue in Hot Springs since 1952"
Michael Stern


This hospitable sign greeted the 2013 Roadfood tour of Arkansas.
"This hospitable sign greeted the 2013 Roadfood tour of Arkansas."
Michael Stern


A poor photo of a grand meal: a huge smoked pit potato loaded with chopped pork, beans, slaw, and barbecue sauce
"A poor photo of a grand meal: a huge smoked pit potato loaded with chopped pork, beans, slaw, and barbecue sauce"
Michael Stern



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