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Bad Bones BBQ

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1421 US Highway 51 N, Arbor Vitae, Minocqua, WI 54568
+1 715-358-0200
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good22%
  • Average17%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brisket” (31 reviews)
“smoked meat” (8 reviews)
“beans” (10 reviews)
12:00 PM - 8:00 PMAll hours
American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1421 US Highway 51 N, Arbor Vitae, Minocqua, WI 54568
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31 - 40 of 112 reviews

Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

The food here is terrific. The dining room is very basic. Great menu, even for a Kansas City barbeque joint. Excellent choices of barbeque sauces. We love to get carry-out and enjoy with a bottle of wine at home. Very positive and helpful staff.

Thank MarkM386
Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Awesome food! The smoked prime rib on Saturday evenings is to die for! Deep fried corn on the cob, coleslaw, and the Carolina pulled pork sandwich are among my favorites.

Thank Sara M
Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

I travel all over the country for work, so I always check out the best restaurants wherever I go. The atmosphere here is exactly like I am eating in the south. It is not fancy, but that is perfect for the atmosphere. The BBQ is...More

Thank Kevin S
Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

This was my second visit to Bad Bones over visitors weekend in the summer (for camp). The brisket is very tasty. The "dinner" has more than enough brisket. I tasted the Pulled Chicken and it was tasty. My friends love the ribs and the prime...More

Thank nlman1985
Reviewed July 13, 2016

Bad Bones BBQ is a welcome change from the other culinary options in the northwoods. This family owned business offers on site smoked meats and about a half dozen sauce options. The sauce ranges from sweet to very hot...including the Georgia mustard/vinegar choice. Sometimes the...More

Thank UpNorth13
Reviewed July 13, 2016

Used to go to prior location. Glad he's moved, but still could use a bigger place. BBQ is better than places in St. Louis or Memphis imho.

Thank Hezwee
Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Visited for dinner on a Thursday evening. Good atmosphere and location, friendly service. Knocking off a star for the inside of the restaurant approaching 90°, and another because the food was so-so. No rub or seasoning used on the ribs, and the brisket my wife...More

2  Thank Justin Y
Reviewed June 6, 2016

Excellent service, very friendly staff. We had the pulled pork sandwich, french fries and the pulled chicken. Whats nice is they have 5 different bbq sauces that you can try. One order of fries was more than enuf for two. My only complaint is that...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

The brisket dinner lived up to it's reputation. Huge portions, one dinner is two servings. Sides are extra, bread pudding looked tempting. Beware tip is added automatically to your check. Order at the counter then find your own table and set table yourself. A little...More

1  Thank WIFamilyTraveler555
Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

This was a great dining experience. I had the pulled chicken, wonderfully smokey. My husband said they were the best ribs he'd ever had. The potato salad is sour cream based and has an awesome cheesy flavor. We are already planning our next trip.

Thank Roberta B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1421 US Highway 51 N, Arbor Vitae, Minocqua, WI 54568
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Minocqua
  • Phone Number: +1 715-358-0200
  • E-mail
We offer Southern BBQ up North. Our daily menu offers pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and chicken. You can get these as a sandwich or dinner, and we offer combo meals as well. We also offer a variety of specialty sandwiches featuring our smoked meats. Don't forget about our pizzas too!
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