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Chicken In A Barrel BBQ

4-1586 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, Kauai, HI 96746
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Ranked #8 of 105 Restaurants in Kapaa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Late Night
Description: Dry rubbed, smoked BBQ chicken, beef, pork, and ribs! Falls of da bone, melts in your mouth! Eat-in or take-out! Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
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Calgary, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

It's a neat idea, but I was expecting flavorful. The chicken was tender, but not anything special. The rice was too dry & chewy. And the chili was a bit watered down and not as flavourful as I'd hoped. I guess I make better roasted chicken, rice & chili at home . $38 for two people was a bit much... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Found this gem on TripAdvisor. Couldn't be happier. I am a chef. I am telling you, I have never tasted anything like this! I believe it is the wood they use to smoke the chicken. It is a local wood that we cannot get on the mainland. The sauces are good, but I did not need sauce. The chicken is... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Super tender chicken! I enjoyed the chicken, the sauce is okay but the chicken is better. The beef and pork were good as well, a nice change was the apperance of chilli as a side instead of macaroni salad. Good meal and not too expensive! Love the roadside location, plenty of seating too.

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Corona, California, United States
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52 reviews 52 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a must stop when visiting the island! Located in Kapaa, which is such a great town for shopping and food. Every time I visit Kauai I have to get myself some "Chicken In a Barrel BBQ!" Food is very good and the place is very busy. The ribs were a bit fatty and broken in pieces but the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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416 reviews 416 reviews
309 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This is located just at the end of the Kapaa historical town if you are coming from the airport. As with a lots of more economical food establishment in Hawaii, this is perched on the road side. There are a few benches for you to sit on. Water is free, there is two different type of sauces to go with... More

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Durant, Iowa, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We were on vacation here on Kauai with another couple and stumbled onto this restaurant. All I can say is wow! Some of the best BBQ chicken and ribs I've ever had....hands down. If you are on this island I would drive way out of my way to make this a destination and a necessary part of your trip. Mike,... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

What's not to like. BBQ is excellent with a little kick. Not quite as gritty and "fall off the bone" as the Jerk chicken you get on the side of the road in Jamaica, but a close second. Hit it up if you're on Kuaia. There are two locations now. One in Kapaa and one in Hanalei.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Stopped here after a day driving/hiking around the north of the island - we wanted a change from fish as we've been eating a lot here, both raw and cooked! Stopped on a whim but as soon as we got out of the car we were sold - the smell is amazing!! We got a sampler plate and a quarter... More

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Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

THIS PLACE HAS THE BEST CHICKEN I HAVE EVER HAD there pork is perfect-beef done like the best did it -the sauces are to die for- the chicken pork and beef are smoked in 55 gallon barrels driving by the smoke sold us the taste that will bring you back we need these in phoenix

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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We ate at this great little stop twice during our stay. The chicken was juicy and fell right off the bone. Their hawaiian coleslaw with coconut and pineapple was refreshing on a hot day. The owner was on site and came out to chat with us about Kapaa and offered up advice on things to do and see. This place... More

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