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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Lunch
Dinner
Takeout
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 59
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 27
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Exceptionally Good BBQ

I love the food, the price can be a little daunting, but it's worth it to go every now and then for sure. You won't find better tasting smoked meats anywhere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
New Mexico Writer
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Chaparral, NM
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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161 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Chaparral, NM
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I love the food, the price can be a little daunting, but it's worth it to go every now and then for sure. You won't find better tasting smoked meats anywhere.

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Borger Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We drop in and pick up something from Can't Stop Smokin' every time we are in Ruidoso. The business is in a cabin like building that really fits with where you would expect to get good BBQ. The seating is very limited so we always take it home to eat. Like most BBQ places it's a little pricey but we've... More 

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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We decided on BBQ so we stopped in and it was busy. Valentines day weekend and a lot of people were coming down from the slopes to eat. We ordered brisket and pork carnitas both were mostly fat. The smoked turkey was so dru it was not edible. When brought to gheir attention it was dismissed just as was a... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My husband and I went to a lot restaurants in this town, two of which we had to leave before we even got food due to poor service, and this was by far the best service and food. The staff was super friendly and the food was some of the best bbq (and cobbler) I have ever had. It was... More 

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Ruidoso, New Mexico
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Food is acceptable but there is very limited seating and the seating is extremely cramped. There is outside seating but this is not acceptable when it is cold. If you want to use a credit card they charge a fee, which is against their credit card agreement with the credit card companies. I will not return to this restaurant although... More 

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Palestine, Texas
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Great chicken and ribs. Stopped in for lunch and got so much more. The gentlemen working there liked my Texas request for a 'taters' :) really yummy and excellent hospitality. Oh! There's a dropper bottle at the checkout you can test if you would like an added extra hotness to your food..... Well I like hot but the cayenne pepper... More 

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Midland, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I've driven by this place many many times and as a rule I generally never visit eating establishments that rely on a catchy name or neon signs to sell their food.....and I should have listened to the little chef on my shoulder saying don't do it...keep driving you fool, they have neon signs about BBQ for God's sake.... Nevertheless we... More 

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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

If you like smoked meats, this is the place to go in Ruidoso! Ribs, chicken, beef, jerky, sausage. Get the #3! Two meats, two sides, corn on the cob and bread. Wow! Hungry just typing this up!! Limited seating in the cold months but that take orders to go. Outside seating in the warmer months. I'll definitely be going back...often!

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

My wife and I ate here for lunch, while staying in Ruidoso. We love the fact that you can see all the food on display, and simply choose what you want. The brisket and sausage were great, as well as the desserts! The staff is quite friendly also!

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

When you enter this establishment you realize that there's a bait and switch going on. You've already been lied to before you even speak with an employee: the banner outside says "Lunch Special: $5.99", then on the menu inside it says "Lunch Special $6.99". Greeted by rude, poorly dressed, tattooed punks with bad attitudes and poor customer service skills, you... 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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