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Can't Stop Smokin'

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418 Mechem, Ruidoso, NM 88345
575-630-0000
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10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 81
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Pricey, but open for dinner, and good.

It's open for dinner! Can I hear a collective "AMEN!"? BBQ was good - tasty. Seemed a little bit pricey. I think we got overcharged. Still not sure. The lady they had working the cash register spoke English about as well as I speak German (hint: not well), and communication was incredibly... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
thedraegers
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Dallas, Texas
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Dallas, Texas
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

It's open for dinner! Can I hear a collective "AMEN!"? BBQ was good - tasty. Seemed a little bit pricey. I think we got overcharged. Still not sure. The lady they had working the cash register spoke English about as well as I speak German (hint: not well), and communication was incredibly difficult. Other than that, food was great, cobbler... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

I brought my wife here for her first visit to Ruidoso, I have been making this my 1st stop each year when I come In to town and I had the pleasure of my wife Comeing with me for our romantic weekend and she really liked the bbq I will and would definitely recommend this to friends and family

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We stopped for lunch while out for a day trip. The food was very good and just hit the spot. My wife had the pulled pork sandwich while I had a sausage sandwich. Both were very good and just what we wanted for a light lunch. We will most definitely keep this place on the lunch list when traveling in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Pick out food at a counter and take it home or eat in their very casual dining area. We tried the 2-meat platters and they were helpful in our deciding which sides to try. Pork & turkey were excellent. Potatoes, mac & cheese, bbq beans & jalapeno beans were also great!!

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Wichita, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The barbecue served here was good. I was here with my family and we had several of the meats and they were all good. The sides were also good but the selection of sides was limited. The only thing that was not up to par was the service. One of the young men seemed like it was an inconvenience to... More 

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Lubbock, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

First time visiting this restaurant. Was a little surprised that the majority of the seating is outdoors on a small patio because the place looks so large from the outside. You order at the counter which was a little slow with only one person taking the order and preparing it. Two other employees were behind the counter but didn't do... More 

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texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Had the chopped BBQ beef sandwich. It was very good and I have never seen such a big sandwich. Had enough BBQ to bring home.

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San Angelo, Texas
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Service was terrible. The meat was cold. The cooked sides were cold. All three iced tea dispensers were empty. The brisket was 50% fat. How difficult is it to serve warm food and fill the tea dispensers? Don't bother eating there. There are much better places to eat in Ruidoso.

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Belen, New Mexico
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Excellent BBQ. Loved every bite. Kids loved it too.. Will return when in Ruidoso. Atmosphere was awesome and the view was great.

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Chandler, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

First of all it is a small place and all the dining is done in the open outdoors(fighting flys). You order inside and eat outside on small tables. Adequate but not fine dining in the least. The BBQ is OK. The meat is pretty good and the sauces that are available are mostly standard spicy BBQ. Nothing exceptional here. The... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 418 Mechem, Ruidoso, NM 88345
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Ruidoso
  • Phone Number: 575-630-0000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 15
  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?