The 7 Best Places For Ribs In Idaho

On the hunt for the tastiest ribs in Idaho? The racks that are so big they fill the plate, and so tasty that you’ll be licking your fingers and savouring every single mouthful.

From sports bars and diners to high-end BBQ joints, there is something for everybody on this list.

It’s time to grab your friends, work up an appetite and dig into some of the top places to eat the best Idaho ribs…

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1. Goodwood Barbecue Company – Meridian

For some of the best ribs in Idaho, Goodwood Barbecue Company should be on your list. They serve up proper home cooked BBQ, with a menu centered around the unique style of closed-pit cooking.

There’s not one but three kinds of ribs to choose from here: St. Louis-style spare ribs, Baby Back or West Texas beef ribs. Our advice? Come with friends and order them all.

2. Famous Willies – Post Falls

Famous Willies really is famous for its slow smoked and sticky ribs, as well as other tasty Texas/Cajun BBQ fare. The Cajun rubbed pork ribs are easily some of the most flavoursome ribs in Idaho. There’s also Willie’s signature oak-smoked spare ribs, using a secret family recipe. Add on all sorts of delish sides, from Mexican corn bread to chili beans for a feast.

3. Bodacious Pig Barbecue – Eagle

This husband and wife-owned BBQ joint is a mega popular spot in Eagle (and beyond!) for high quality meats and homemade sides. Their St Louis ribs are cooked low and slow for hours, so that the meat is succulent beyond belief by the time it gets to you.

The sort of place where you will be licking the bones clean and have no shame about it. Their made from scratch sauces are what really rounds this experience off.

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4. Big Daddy’s BBQ – Meridian

Consistently delivering the perfect ribs takes time, dedication, and the constant pursuit of perfection, but Big Daddy’s BBQ nail it on a daily basis. Their baby back pork ribs are an incredibly tender and succulent dish with proper char.

When it comes to the must-eat ribs in Idaho, these bad boys will be up there every single time.

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5. Grandpa’s Southern BBQ – Idaho Falls

Grandpa’s Southern BBQ has been serving some of the best grub in the state since it first opened in 1995. This barbecue restaurant is known for some seriously delicious dishes, but the ribs come out on top. They’re expertly seasoned and smoked, and cooked tender and “good-to-the-bone”.

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6. BBQ4LIFE – Boise

BBQ4LIFE might sound like an oxymoron – they specialise in traditional BBQ meats all smoked with pecan wood and creative vegan fare (such as smoked tempeh), but they do both perfectly. Forget about the plant food diet though, because you need the meaty ribs in your life. The baby back ribs are melt-in-the-mouth good.

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7. Pitmaster BarBQue Company – Idaho Falls

The ribs here have won multiple award, and we’re not the only publication the thinks they’re amazing – Pitmaster BarBQue’s ribs have been featured by plenty of other media, so they’re well known. They’re dry rubbed to perfection, fall off the bone St. Louis cut pork ribs.

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Sarah Clayton-Lea

Co-founder of Big 7 Travel, Sarah created the company through her passion for championing the world's best food and travel experiences. Before her career in digital media, where she previously held roles such as Editor of Food&Wine Ireland, Sarah worked in the hospitality industry in Dublin and New York.

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