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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 - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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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    Very good
  • 12
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  • 7
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  • 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
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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Nevada, Missouri
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84 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

My husband and I stopped in for supper per several friend recommendations! Great idea! The wait staff was excellent, helpful and friendly. Josh was our waiter and dud a great job. The bbq was perfect. The sides are very tasty. The PIE....what can I say but perfection. We were stuffed but took 2 pieces of pue to go....mile high strawberry... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I saw the commercial, then read the TripAdvisor reviews then came to check it out myself. The big dip is wonderful, the fresh roll with applebutter and polish sausage, all fresh and hot. And I had pina colada pie. Other reviewers are right, this is worth stopping in Joplin for!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The Rib End sandwich was phenomenal. Ribs were also great! Brisket was good, but not the best in MO. BBQ sauce is served warm and I thought it was pretty good actually. Not too sweet or spicy and not to plain. Their baked beans are great as a side and so are their Suzy Q fries. Be aware, you get... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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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86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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Southwest Missouri, United States
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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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Restaurant Details

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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