South Dakota ribs

The 7 Best Places For Ribs In South Dakota

Just think of the following words: tender, succulent, crackling, mouth-watering, savoury, divine, juicy. You could apply each and every word to the experience of eating the best South Dakota ribs.

If you want to add even more tempting words to the pile, all you have to is drum up a hunger, get some buddies, and explore our list of some of the most atmospheric places to eat the finest South Dakota ribs… (Here’s another word for you: go!)


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1. J.R.’s Roadhouse BBQ PIT – Summerset

This classic barbecue joint first opened in 2013 and has been serving ribs to many thousands of happy customers ever since.

They say that it’s all about the quality of meat, simple ingredients, and a true passion, for what they do. Good food. Cold Brews. Good Service. Nothing fancy. And that’s what makes these some of the best ribs in America.

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2. Big Rig BBQ – Sioux Falls

Fancy some of the most mouth-watering pulled pork you’ve ever tried? Head to Sioux Falls and try the pulled pork at Big Rig BBQ. However, locals seem to also love their ribs, which have won national awards for their savoury taste. You’ll want to visit this place extremely hungry, as their pork is addictive no matter how you order it.

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3. Squealer’s Smoke Shack – Tea

Squealer’s is a food truck serving up smoked meats and homemade sides all over Siouxland. There’s plenty of delicious options to choose from on the menu, but trust us, you need to grab an order of the ribs. Thick and juicy, they’re seasoned with Squealer’s signature rub and then slow-smoked to pure perfection.

4. Bunky’s BBQ – Spearfish

Bunky’s BBQ pitmaster Forrest Cain has been perfecting his technique for 20+ years, so you can expect seriously great meats here. They serve pulled pork and sides every day, with a menu of rotating meats throughout the week – Thursday is ribs day, so mark it in your diaries! They also do whole racks of juicy ribs every Sunday during summer which are unmissable.

5. Backroad Bar-B-Q – St Helena

Flavourful and tantalising are just two words to describe the glaze and rub that Backroad Bar-B-Q uses to make their ribs. If you like BBQ but love ribs, then head to St. Helena to taste the delicious ribs here. The meat is so tender that it practically falls off the bone, making it a lot easier for you to chew through more ribs in less time.

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6. Ruby House Restaurant – Keystone

Step back to the days of the Old West at this uniquely decorated Saloon-style restaurant in Keystone that serves up incredible ribs. Their juicy baby back ribs come slow-smoked and glazed with Ruby House’s special barbecue sauce. The rich flavour is so good that they leave you dreaming about the taste for weeks after.

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7. Dakota BBQ – Custer

South Dakota has its fair share of top bbq joints, which makes finding the best ribs a bit of a task. But locals, travellers, and food critics all agree that Dakota BBQ in Custer serves some of the best ribs in the state. Feast on a rack of St. Louis pork ribs, or order pastrami beef ribs for a really succulent treat.

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