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“Best BBQ in NH”
Review of KC's Rib Shack

KC's Rib Shack
Ranked #4 of 405 Restaurants in Manchester
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Welcome to KC's Rib Shack Barbecue restaurant. New Hampshire's favorite BBQ for close to two decades. At KC's Rib Shack, serving the world's finest hickory-smoked ribs and BBQ is our passion. Our food and exceptional service are definitely two things we take seriously. No white tablecloths here, you'll sit at butcher paper covered tables under the Christmas lights and pull from a roll of paper towels to wipe our homemade BBQ sauces from your face. Our Southern style Barbeque, Bar-B-Que, Bar-B-Cue, just Q, or however you spell it, is seasoned with our own recipe of different dry rubs and cooked without sauce. Its then cut to order and prepared straight from our smokers which run 24 hours a day...
Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best BBQ in NH”
Reviewed November 30, 2013

Not fancy but definitely our one go to for BBQ. Am personally addicted to the brisket. Luckily for us it is really close to home, but I would be willing to drive at least 1/2 hour for this food

Visited October 2013
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English first
Manchester, New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“If you want good BBQ, I'd pass on this place”
Reviewed November 22, 2013

I really wanted to like KCs, with it's dark, rustic atmosphere, but found their ribs to not be as flavorful as other area restaurants. Their applesauce is good and the dirty rice is okay. Family members ordered the brisket which they said was quite good, while salad, cornbread, and sides were disappointments. Didn't bother with desserts. Waitress was attentive but the food wasn't worth stopping for.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Carol C
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Salem, New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Food was great!”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

My family had heard of the food challenge that is served on a shovel that KC's offers so we decided to give the restaurant a try. We all had excellent meals in a fun and comfortable environment. The restaurant itself is located behind another restaurant and is set further back than the street which makes it difficult to see if your just driving passed although they do also have a street sign.
The restaurant itself is really small but comfortable. It also offers a bar and some televisions that were showing the Red Sox vs. Yankees game, which we greatly appreciated. The hosting and wait staff were really great and patient. A few of our party members arrived after the majority and the staff didn't even seem to mind. They just patiently took all of our orders.
The menu is primarily based around BBQ although I did see a vegetarian option listed on the menu. They offer ribs, brisket, burgers, sandwiches and great side options like Cole slaw, beans, fries and more. One of our meals came out before the rest of our meals but it actually worked out really well. We had spent the morning apple picking and my grandfather was hungry so when his meal came out early we all didn't mind at all. It was actually a good thing. All of our food was cooked as requested. I got a burger and asked that it be cooked well done. I was delighted to see that they had done just that.
We did see that KC's also had some sort of bar and lounge area outside on a different part of the building. It was nicely decorated in a tiki like theme. The restaurant serves the food on plastic plates, forks and knives. It reminds me of a BBQ/ picnic that someone would have at their home. It also has license plates that decorate the interior.
Overall we enjoyed our visit to KC's. It was pleasant and nice for our family gathering. The staff was nice and patient. The food was good. If we are in the area again we will be going back.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank LTravelers
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Goffstown, New Hampshire
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Great food. Very casual. I love the corn bread. I don't have little ones but I think kids would like this place too. Just a nice laid back chill and eat place :)

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank ConquerNH
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Gilford, New Hampshire
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Forget the diet and pass the Pulled Pork and Bubba Bucket”
Reviewed August 29, 2013

These guys BBQ like no one else in NH..
Not fancy so wear your jeans,, paper plates, plastic silverware its an indoor picnic..
Great food, fun sides..
Going with a date try a Bubba Bucket..
Going with the kids...Crayons are ok
Riding the motorcycle check out the Tiki Hut

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank michelle z
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