Montana ribs

The 7 Best Places For Ribs In Montana

It’s no secret – pretty much everyone knows that the best Montana ribs are packed with so much flavour and taste that they generate a chorus of “mmmmmmms” after every bite. As for multiples of ten – folks, the racks here are so plentiful you might not need a second helping (we emphasise the word ‘might’).

Here’s a tip for you: work up an appetite, check out our list of some of the top places to eat the best Montana ribs, and arrange a party. Simple!


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1. Montana’s Rib And Chop House – Livingston

The Rib and Chop House has been serving some of the best ribs in Montana to Livingston locals since 2001, and have a loyal band of regulars who flock here for the meaty rib racks. The ribs are marinated for 24 hours, before being slow-cooked in a special oven and finished on the grill. The final touch? A light glaze of tangy BBQ sauce.

2. Gallatin Riverhouse Grill – Gallatin Gateway

The Riverhouse is the ideal pitstop on your way to or from Yellowstone National Park. While they serve up beef brisket, pulled pork, smoked and fried chicken, smoked turkey and salmon, we reckon it’s the BBQ baby back ribs that deserve an award for flavour.

You’ll be licking the last bit of flavour off of each bone for sure.

3. Blues BBQ – Billings

Serving award-winning barbecue since 1995, the folks at Blues BBQ sure know what they’re doing. With years of experience under their belt, they finely craft, smoke, and smother some of the best ribs in Montana.

It’s truly something you’ll have to try for yourself, as words fall short of describing just how delicious they are!

4. Bad Betty’s Barbecue – Helena

We’re not the only publication that thinks Bad Betty’s serves up some of the best-tasting ribs in America. They’ve been featured in numerous other write-ups and review sites, and they’re well-loved by locals. Head here on the weekend to try their famous Memphis-style ribs, which have won awards for their beautiful flavour and charring.

5. Piggyback Barbeque – Whitefish

Dining at this neighbourhood barbecue joint feels as if you’ve been transported straight to the South. From hushpuppies to fried pickles, you’ll be tempted to order their whole starter menu before making your way to their tantalising ribs.

Here, you can choose from wet ribs, dry ribs or their sweet n’ savoury dry rub, all offering their own unique yet equally delicious tastes. Go ahead and try them all.

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6. The Notorious P.I.G. BBQ – Missoula

With hands down the best name for a BBQ restaurant in the entire world, The Notorious P.I.G. is just as creative with their BBQ as they are with their name. The founder, a Missouri-native, offers his guests some of the best-tasting sauce in Montana. When doused all over the perfectly-smoked ribs, it makes for easily some of the best BBQ in America.

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7. SMOKED – Great Falls

All the freshly barbecued meats at this stylish barbecue restaurant are sold by weight on butcher paper, so load up your tray with whatever takes your fancy. They offer both beef and pork ribs, and that does really pose you a huge problem as both of them are as good as each other.

The good news? You can mix and match along with sides to create a world-class BBQ experience.

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