That tradition is alive and well in Pulaski County, which boasts some of the state’s oldest continually operating joints as well as younger, vibrant locations serving great ‘cue. Here’s a guide to the can’t-miss locations at the heart of Arkansas.
White Pig Inn. The oldest of our central Arkansas barbecue joints, this whitewashed building along Broadway near Prothro Junction is home to the Seaton family’s three generation restaurant. Originally opened in 1920, this classic still serves some of the best ribs and pulled pork in the area. Go during the day – the White Pig Inn opens at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday, but it closes by 6 p.m. most weekdays.
5231 East Broadway * (501) 945-5551 * whitepiginn.com
Sim’s Bar-B-Que. Established in 1937, some would argue this is the particular flavor one should consider when thinking about barbecue in Little Rock. Known for fall-apart pork butt, pork ribs and beef brisket, it’s the thin and tangy sweet vinegar sauce that makes this mainstay so memorable. Consider the barbecue bologna, and try a slice of sweet potato pie while you’re there.
1307 John Barrow Road * (501) 224-2057
7601 Geyer Springs Road * (501) 562-8844
2415 South Broadway (Little Rock) * (501) 372-6868 * simsbbqar.com
207 Curtis Sykes Drive * (501) 374-5707 * lindseysbbqnmore.com
HB’s Bar B.Q. A long southwest Little Rock secret, HB’s has been serving lovingly smoked pulled pork sandwiches since 1961. One of many great Arkansas barbecue joints that lay claim to the fame perpetrated by The Shack, a legendary ‘cue joint that operated from the 1940s until 1988 – HB’s has the advantage of family connections through its originator, Herbert Brooks Slaughter, the brother of The Shack’s Casey Slaughter. This small house on Lancaster Lane is humble, but you’ll follow your nose to get there from 65th Street. Ribs on Tuesday only.
6010 Lancaster Road * (501) 565-1930 * no website
2516 Cantrell Road * (501) 664-5025
12111 West Markham (within Rock Creek Plaza) * (501) 907-6124
5107 Warden Road * 501-753-9227 * wholehogcafe.com