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McClard's Bar-B-Q

505 Albert Pike, Hot Springs, AR - (501) 623-9665
Posted By Lars Larsen on 3/11/2006 10:39:00 PM
My family and I have vacationed in the Hot Springs area for more than 20 years, but we never visited McClard's... until recently. I cannot possibly overstate how outstanding this place is.

My mouth literally stood up at attention when I bit into the chopped (wet) pork sandwich, and the fries are real, honest-to-goodness fries (not crinkle cut or frozen). Real fries like this are getting harder and harder to find (at least where I live).

As with pizza, everyone has a different idea of what real BBQ is supposed to be like, but I can honestly say that this redefined BBQ for me.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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The flagship item on McClard's menu: a rib & fry plate. It's a perfect combination, finger food at its best. Beneath that layer of potatoes is a whole rack of lip-smacking ribs.
"The flagship item on McClard's menu: a rib & fry plate. It's a perfect combination, finger food at its best. Beneath that layer of potatoes is a whole rack of lip-smacking ribs."
Michael Stern





A textural (as well as taste-buds) adventure, McClard's tamale spread is a layered mountain of steamy corn tamales, spicy chili, crunchy Fritos, crisp raw onions, rich grated cheese, and hot barbecue sauce.
"A textural (as well as taste-buds) adventure, McClard's tamale spread is a layered mountain of steamy corn tamales, spicy chili, crunchy Fritos, crisp raw onions, rich grated cheese, and hot barbecue sauce."
Michael Stern


Pork lovers will swoon over McClard's chopped pork. It is hacked fine and brushed with hot sauce that teases every bit of savor from the fibers of the meat.
"Pork lovers will swoon over McClard's chopped pork. It is hacked fine and brushed with hot sauce that teases every bit of savor from the fibers of the meat."
Michael Stern


The perfect palate-refresher: fine, sweet cole slaw
"The perfect palate-refresher: fine, sweet cole slaw"
Michael Stern


The pork in the bbq sandwich comes chopped fine, covered in plenty of slaw and sauce.
"The pork in the bbq sandwich comes chopped fine, covered in plenty of slaw and sauce."
Cliff Strutz


McClard's does have beer, but ice tea and water seem to be the preferred beverages among Hot Springs BBQ hounds.
"McClard's does have beer, but ice tea and water seem to be the preferred beverages among Hot Springs BBQ hounds."
Michael Stern


If the tamale spread is too big for your appetite, fine-looking single tamales can be ordered.
"If the tamale spread is too big for your appetite, fine-looking single tamales can be ordered."
Cliff Strutz


This close view of the tamale spread shows the immense variety contained on a single plate.
"This close view of the tamale spread shows the immense variety contained on a single plate."
Michael Stern


The mural on the building next door lets you know what to order.
"The mural on the building next door lets you know what to order."
Cliff Strutz


A landmark barbecue parlor since 1928 when a customer at the McClards' trailer court couldn't pay his bill, and so offered a barbecue sauce recipe in place of cash.
"A landmark barbecue parlor since 1928 when a customer at the McClards' trailer court couldn't pay his bill, and so offered a barbecue sauce recipe in place of cash."
Michael Stern


This strawberry milk shake was more creamy than thick and was the perfect beverage for washing down the tamale spread.
"This strawberry milk shake was more creamy than thick and was the perfect beverage for washing down the tamale spread."
Cliff Strutz


Signs in and around McClard's are something special.
"Signs in and around McClard's are something special."
Michael Stern



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