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Can't Stop Smokin'

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418 Mechem, Ruidoso, NM 88345
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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32 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can dine-in or carry-out some of the best barbeque I have eaten. This is a no-frills place to eat inside or outside. They feature brisket, tri-tip, pulled pork, pork ribs, sausage, chicken and turkey legs, all of which are smoked to perfection. They also serve their own sauce, but I prefer to taste the smokiness of the meat!! Side... More 

Thank Bob P
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We always make at least 1 stop here when we visit Ruidoso. We were introduced to it last year during the Lincoln County Cowboy Symposium. We enjoyed it then and decided that we had to eat there again this year when we went down for the Ruidoso Art Festival. On our first visit this year we went in for lunch.... More 

Thank DSS-Ltd
Zuni, New Mexico
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

They had a nice variety of meats to choose from and good selection of sides. The cornbread was excellent, very moist and flavorful. The line was backing up and they did have more people come out to take orders to catch up. Really enjoyd the sausage the best.

Thank PunkinDunkin
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130 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Ate here after a long day on the road. The food is average, and the variety is good. There are no labels on the meats so we had to ask about a few items we did not know. Service is fast, you go to the counter, order and pick up after paying on the spot. I am not a fan... More 

Thank BernieandJune
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Awesome!! So busy with regulars.. A hidden gem.. Boy were we lucky to find this place, a parking lot attached (free) a restroom (I understand it's next to the smoker) The smell as you enter is intoxicatingly great!! By the time you walk through the line checking out the product you will be hungry!!!! My hubby & I shared Petes... More 

Thank Pamela C
Ponder, Texas
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We ordered two sandwiches only nothing else and came out $20 poorer. Not used to that. In Texas, we can get some sides and a drink for that!

Thank cindyjosselet
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If I had another place to go except the circle J, I'd go. We have found it to be very inconsistent. The help is disinterested in the customers it seems. If the owner is there it's better, but he can't be there all the time.

Thank majege
Odessa, Texas
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for spacious, this ain't it! If you are looking for a tasty treat, squeezed in with other people, it's just right. The bbq is very very good and is memorable

Thank Tammy B
Sandia Park, New Mexico
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134 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 333 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a bad place. Staff was clearly high on something. Meat was old and tough. Mac and Cheese tastes like Stouffer's. Potato salad undercooked. I could go on but, why? Avoid.

Thank Ben W
Monahans, Texas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The building was amazing. The BBQ, average. Menu was confusing and the one employee that asked for your choices did not speak English very well.

Thank shana483

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $15
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 418 Mechem, Ruidoso, NM 88345
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Ruidoso
  • Phone Number: 575-630-0000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?