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Town Square

6587 South Las Vegas Blvd., Suite B-196

Las Vegas, NV 89119

702-816-4600

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$15-$25

Sun-Thu 11am-9pm

Fri-Sat 11am-10pm

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AT A GLANCE

What is it?

A BBQ joint serving up heaping portions of good ole American grub.

Where is it?

At the Town Square shopping center just off The Strip.

What kind of food is served?

Classic BBQ from ribs to chicken to brisket and beyond.

What is the atmosphere like?

It's a fun space with interesting design touches meant to be upscale roadhouse.

How is the service?

Very good and very efficient.

What are the prices like?

Not bad considering the amount and quality.

What else do I need to know?

Pot liquor is the liquid that is left behind after boiling greens.

What's the bottom line?

They call themselves the best BBQ in Las Vegas and they just may be right.

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FULL REVIEW

The fact that you can get good BBQ in places like Las Vegas does not change my firm belief that the best BBQ can only be found east of Amarillo and south of the Mason-Dixon line. But just in case you're heading to Sin City instead of the Deep South, a visit to Pot Liquor is going to be as good a substitute as you can ever hope to find in the middle of the Nevada desert.

The name Pot Liquor refers to the liquid left behind after you boil greens, such as the southern staple collared greens. That's really only important to know in case it ever winds up in the BBQ category on Jeopardy, but it does point out the fact that these folks are doing everything they can to be authentic.

The dining room is fun, with an upscale roadhouse feel complete with chandeliers made out of mason jars and brass instruments, lots of natural wood, some brick, and a rough hewn painting of an American flag that you wouldn't be surprised to find on the side of just about any barn in Georgia. It's casual and comfortable although unpadded wood chairs are a little rough on the backside if you sit for too long.

If you go look at the menu online, it could be a little confusing so let me break it down for you. There's a "dinner" menu that is available anytime and then an additional "lunch" menu only available weekdays from 11am-3pm and a "brunch" menu only available weekends from 11am-3pm. So basically you get more selections at lunch time than you do the rest of the day, but that's okay - there is plenty to choose from.

The appetizers section includes some items that get my mouth watering - pork belly with country grits, Kansas City style "burnt ends," house made pork rinds, and cream corn fritters are a few examples. If that ain't Southern, I don't know what is.

(Okay, I know Kansas City isn't Southern, but you know what I mean)

There are a few salads but if you come here and eat one and I find out about it, I will publicly shame you.

Main courses get into the meat of the matter, so to speak, with Memphis dry rubbed spareribs, "mopped" baby back ribs, smoked chicken, Carolina pulled pork, and Texas style beef brisket. You can get half or full servings of any of them and they come with two sides, which includes succotash, candied yams, mac and chees, potato salad, collared greens, and cornbread as a few examples.

They also have a few non-BBQ specialties including braised beef short ribs, chili, chicken pot pie, and a burger, but again... you're in a BBQ join, so you best be eatin' some BBQ, ya'hear?

The prices may seem high at first glance but here's the strategy - do the combo plates and split it amongst your table. My party of three got the "What's the Beef with the Chicken and the Hog" platter, which comes with brisket, chicken, and pulled pork plus the sides and it was so much food that there were leftovers for days.

And it was darned good. Best BBQ I've ever eaten? No. But best in Vegas? Yeah, I'd be willing to lay down that gauntlet. The brisket was fantastic, tender and smoky while the pulled pork was a joy, especially when you add one of their sauces. I was a little disappointed in the chicken - the taste was just a little off in ways that are tough to describe - but that's probably my fault for ordering chicken in the first place. That's not a mortal BBQ sin but it's at least a venial one especially when you have really good pork and brisket laying around just waiting to be eaten.

And that three item combo cost about $35, meaning a per person average of around $11.50. Good eats at a good cost? That right there is enough to make this a BBQ joint worth knowing about.

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