McClard’s Bar-B-Q: Hot Springs’ Famous Mouth Watering Meal

McClard’s Bar-B-Q: Hot Springs’ Famous Mouth Watering MealWhen a plate of ribs sits before me and I know I’m in trouble. The meat practically falls off of the bone and the sauce creates a fire in my mouth. I’m sampling what many have called the best barbecue in the U.S. in Hot Springs, Arkansas. McClard’s is not just a simple lunch or dinner option, but rather a testament to recipes that withstand time. It all began with a simple traveler’s recipe for the best barbecue sauce in the world and the rest is history.

The Location: McClard’s assumes a location that bubbles with activity, as it has been for some time. Just under an hour from Little Rock, Hot Springs takes its name from the array of springs in the area. It is also known for being the boyhood home of Bill Clinton. Many come down to bet on the horses for thoroughbred racing at Oaklawn, Arkansas’ own form of Churchill Downs. Hot Springs was also a hot bed of activity in the gangster days of Al Capone and Lucky Luciano. Mobsters would come down to Hot Springs to relax at the bathhouses and gamble away the day and night.

The History: McClard’s Bar-B-Q bears one of the best stories for how it developed its secret sauce recipe. Owners Alex and Gladys McClard owned the Westside Tourist Court. When a traveler couldn’t pay his $10 bill, he offered a sweeter deal. He would give the couple the recipe for the “world’s greatest bar-b-que sauce”. The couple benefited from the recipe, turning the Westside Tourist Court into a barbecue joint. They would later move to McClard’s current location by 1942. McClard’s remains in the family to this day.

The Food: Meat lovers will salivate over the options on the McClard’s menu. Ribs, beef and pork come dry or wet, depending on what you are in the mood for, be it lunch or dinner. McClard’s serves 7,000 pounds of beef, pork and ribs and 250 gallons of spicy BBQ beans each week. I ordered up a plate of ribs that practically fell off of the bone. McClard’s is also known for its tamales so diners will want to order up a tamale to try on the side.

The Sauce: You can pick up a bottle of the famous sauce at McClard’s or merely order your meat wet to truly experience the legendary recipe. The sauce that started it all, a $10 recipe essentially, now sits locked away in a safe deposit box in downtown Hot Springs. McClard’s Bar-B-Q sauce is not for those that don’t like a little bit of spice in their life. Diners should have water ready with each bite, as this Hot Springs sauce is truly hot.

Tips and Tricks: It would be a shame to show up to McClard’s without knowing a few tips and tricks to make your experience as finger-licking good as possible. The barbecue joint is closed on Sundays and Mondays. Also, you will want to be sure you have cash, as the restaurant is cash only. McClard’s has been written about and featured on countless food and travel shows so you can expect a wait. If you want to avoid the crowds, try coming for a late dinner, but no later than 8PM as that is closing time.

 

Don't forget to 'LIKE' us on Facebook! 

Post your Comments












Book with OneTravel

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Cars
From:
To:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Adults:
Seniors: (65+)
Children:(2-11)
Infants on lap:
Infants on seat:
Class:
$ 15 OFF
Big Savings Coupon Code: Blog15

RecentPosts

  • 5 Tips for Avoiding Tourist TrapsComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Jen Westmoreland Bouchard, last post 13 Aug 2014
  • Let’s be honest, some tourist attractions are well worth experiencing, but others are simply a waste of time and money. Rest assured, even the most seasoned traveler falls prey to tourist traps from time to time (or perhaps I’m just speaking for this seasoned traveler). However, there are some tried and true techniques you can use to avoid tourist traps the next time you’re in an unfamiliar place. Here are my top five suggestions....read more

  • 5 Tips For Learning a New LanguageComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 13 Aug 2014
  • Learning a new language is never easy. Many beginners end up throwing in the towel. If you want to make picking up a new language a little bit more manageable and less of a tongue twister, here are five tips to follow that will have you blabbing in a new language in no time....read more

  • Extend Your Summer! @VisitFlorida Blogger Kara Franker Talks Ft. LauderdaleComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:OneTravel Staff, last post 13 Aug 2014
  • Planning a Florida getaway CAN be as stress-free as your time spent on the sand. We asked pro wanderer and OneTravel Twitter chat co-host Kara Franker of Kara On the Coast to share her best summer packing tips, first travel experience, and what sets Ft. Lauderdale apart as a vacation destination....read more

  • 7 Exciting Things To Do in Fort LauderdaleComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 12 Aug 2014
  • Fort Lauderdale was once the spring-breaker’s go-to destination. While the city on the southeast coast of Florida still attracts those looking to soak up the sand, sun, surf and maybe a cocktail or two, the city is showing a different crowd another side. From historic homes to mermaid shows, Fort Lauderdale surprises with its rich natural scene, art and culture. You won’t want to miss these seven exciting attractions in town....read more

  • How Many Airports Does London Actually Have?Comments: 1Rating: 0 / 0

    1
  • By:Chris Osburn, last post 12 Aug 2014
  • Depending on how you look at it, there are as many as six airports servicing the greater London area. Each one has international flights and only one is actually within the city limits of London. Here's a list of London's six airports along with brief descriptions including proximity to Trafalgar Square (considered by many to be the center of London) to help you determine where to catch your flight....read more