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Big R's Bar-B-Q

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1220 E 15th St, Joplin, MO 64804-0811
417-781-5959
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Smoked barbecue, brisket, pulled pork and ribs being most popular. They...
Smoked barbecue, brisket, pulled pork and ribs being most popular. They also have a large variety of homemade pies that are served as huge slices. very rustic decor and friendly service.
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  • 30
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Save room for dessert

Checked out Big R's on my way thru Joplin. It was worth the little bit of a side trip to find it. The food was great and plenty of it. I saved room for dessert and had the chocolate pie. The service was very good. Very interesting decor inside the restaurant.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 1, 2015
archietek52
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

We split a 3 meat combo plate. PLENTY of food for two people. The barbecue sauce wasn't our favorite, but we've definitely had worse. The brisket was inedible, but the pulled pork and ribs were good. The French fries were greasy and soggy, but the beans were tasty. My biggest complaint was the service. She never checked on us, and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Chose Big R's on the basis of trip advisor reviews. Likely the only time in my life I will pass thru Joplin, and wanted something local. This place did not disappoint. Quite crowded on a Thursday night, and we waited about 20 minutes for a table in this quaint little establishment. Reviews said service can be slow, and we waited... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Checked out Big R's on my way thru Joplin. It was worth the little bit of a side trip to find it. The food was great and plenty of it. I saved room for dessert and had the chocolate pie. The service was very good. Very interesting decor inside the restaurant.

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Joplin, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The pulled pork is best, brisket is great, my wife loves the ribs. The standard order of french fries will feed 4 people easily. The standard order of onion rings comes with them threaded on a stick that is at least 18" high.

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Clintonville, WI
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

When I travel to Joplin about 4 times a year, I never fail to stop at Big R's for dinner. Big R's is my favorite BBQ place in Missouri. The food has always been very good, however, the service can be poor and slow at times. Don't let a packed parking lot discourage you from stopping, it seems my best... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

This was our second attempt at Big R's with our family of four. One of our party had pulled pork. It was dry and bland. I ordered a steak that was promised to be "fantastic." It looked like what I'd get if I pulled a frozen steak out of the value section of the supercenter and tossed in the microwave.... More 

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Grand Junction, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The barbecue was good, but the real appeal of this restaurant is the dozen or so pie choices they have daily. The portions are definitely big enough for two and each of the three varieties are family chose were excellent. Fun spot to stop for a treat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Had them cater a lunch we did in Joplin for a business meeting. It was a hit with about 20 guys. I like this place much more than the Red, Hot & blue place in Joplin.

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Dwight, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Actually skipped dinner tonight and came for the pie & coffee. The picture above is Blueberry cream, oh my. Pies are home made and outstanding!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Food: 4 Selection: 4 Service: 4 Cost: 4 Aesthetics: 4 Overall: 4 Everything about this place is really good. The burnt ends are great.

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Additional Information about Big R's Bar-B-Q

Address: 1220 E 15th St, Joplin, MO 64804-0811
Phone Number: 417-781-5959
Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Joplin
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Cuisine: Barbecue

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1220 E 15th St, Joplin, MO 64804-0811
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Joplin
  • Phone Number: 417-781-5959

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Description

Smoked barbecue, brisket, pulled pork and ribs being most popular. They also have a large variety of homemade pies that are served as huge slices. very rustic decor and friendly service.
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?