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From Microbrews to Sidewinder Fries, These 5 Restaurants Are Serving up the Best Barbecue in Greater Palm Springs

Prepare Your BBQ Bibs Because We’re Slathering Savory Sauces All Over Our Mouths

When it comes to barbecue, you don’t just crave it, you dream about it. When it comes to making those dreams come true, these desert BBQ hotspots are just what you need—saucy, smoky, tender and delicious.  What are you waiting for? Bring your appetite and a change of shirt, because we’re gearing up for the best barbecue roundup of Greater Palm Springs. Best BBQ Palm Springs


Good to the Bone Best BBQ Palm Springs

Bubba’s Bones & Brews


If you’re in the mood for delicious brisket and mouth-watering pulled pork, then head over to Bubba’s Bones & Brews. You won’t find anything too fancy here: just a metal tray lined with wax paper for a plate, heaping with flavor. “We’re non-traditional barbecue… We do modern barbecue,” explains Owner Rene Alcala. “People love that!” Our menu go-to? The Baby Back Rib Plate with a half or full rack, pickles, onions and two sides of your choice. Not only will you be craving their tangy and smoky meats, but their sidewinder fries will also keep you coming back for more.

Bubba’s Bones & Brews
68525 Ramon Rd, Ste A101
Cathedral City, CA 92234

Best BBQ Greater Palm Springs

Hop to It Best BBQ Palm Springs

Jackalope Ranch

Come for the barbecued meat, stay for their addictively crispy onion strings! When you first walk into Jackalope Ranch, you’ll be greeted with a fun and friendly atmosphere and the tantalizing aroma of apple, cherry and hickory-smoked meats. Our must-try item? A barbecue beef brisket that has been smoked for 14 hours.

Jackalope Ranch
80400 Hwy 111
Indio, CA 92201


Art of Soul Best Barbecue

Brown’s BBQ and Soul Food


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For barbecue that’s as huge as it is affordable, Brown’s BBQ and Soul Food has something that could make any barbecue buff’s mouth water. Their slow-cooked baby back ribs are smoked to a juicy, delicate crisp, and their secret, sweet and tangy sauce is slathered on thick to pack the perfect punch. These dishes will remind you so much of home-cooking that they’ll make you forget that you’re sitting in a restaurant!

Brown’s BBQ and Soul Food
410 W San Rafael Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262

What a Babe! Best BBQ Palm Springs

Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery

Known for their smoky fall-off-the-bone ribs and their award-winning beer, Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery has achieved local fame for being the only place that brews their beer on-location in the Coachella Valley! Another thing that makes Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery unique is their approach to barbecue: the “secret is in the smoking process, unlike many that rely on heavy sauces or rubs.”

Native Knowledge: Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery first broke ground in 2002, and since then its microbrewery and incredible menu have kept its popularity going strong.

Babe’s Bar-B-Que & Brewery
71800 Hwy 111 Ste A176
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270


Don’t Mess With Texas

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Dickie’s Barbecue Pit has been serving up “slow-smoked Texas barbecue” with pride since 1941—so you know they must be doing something right! All their antibiotic-free meats are hand-selected and hand-rubbed, then prepared in a way that any Texas traditionalist would approve of: smoked slow and low. Dickie’s Barbecue Pit’s slow smoking process “helps break down the fat in the meat and add a unique smoke flavor,” which also leaves the meat tender, mouthwatering and falling off the bone. Gotta taste it to believe it? Try the pork ribs, patted down with Dickey’s signature Rib Rub and doused in their Sweet Sauce.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
5200 E Ramon Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92264

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