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Circle J Bar-B-Que

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1825 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM 88345-6116
+1 575-257-4105
11:00 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 20:30
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Bedford, Texas
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151 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The buffet style serving line allows you to select your meat and vegetables. The sauce has a very nice flavor. Circle J has been around for a long time and continues to serve a pretty consistent brisket.

Thank sherryandgarryh
Betty_Beaver0321, Corporate Manager at Circle J Bar-B-Que, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review us! Hoping that next time you're in we can make it an even better experience! More 

San Antonio, Texas
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Got a pound of chopped brisket to go for sandwiches. It was very tender and not greasy at all. The BBQ sauce is very good. Did not try any sides but they looked good. Will be back.

Thank 786traveler
Amarillo, Texas
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

The BBQ was very tasty and delicious. The bread was too hard on the outside, but the rest of the meal was great.

1 Thank Cari R
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

I had the brisket sandwich. Brisket was dry and rather tasteless without drowning it in sauce. Bun was cold. Coleslaw was very good. Tried a rib off of my partner's plate and it was just ok. A little tough on the outside. Also had a strange taste of what I think was Liquid Smoke. I think. Something I did not... More 

Thank peastertexas
New Mexico
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44 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Circle J BBQ has been open in Ruidoso, NM for many years. The atmosphere is an open dining and the food line resembles a cafeteria style when ordering. Upon entering there is a line where you select your food items like a cafeteria. While the food is good. prices are considered moderate, and there is no waitress or waiters available.... More 

1 Thank formularacer
Southern CA
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36 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

I cannot come to Ruidoso without coming to the Circle J for Bar-B-Que brisket and all the trimmings, including fresh large yeast dinner rolls. The brisket is cooked to perfection in their smoke house and the smells waft around town. I hold my breath every time I come to Ruidoso for fear it might no longer be there.

1 Thank junglejudi
Marble Falls, Texas
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84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We were just arriving, long time since breakfast. We hadn't been here in 8 years but we remembered how good it had been for years. Great choice, I had a senior (over 55) one meat with two sides plate and could barely finish it. Husband had 1/2 pound of smoked turkey, two teas and our total was $14 and change.... More 

Thank Robben T
San Antonio, New Mexico
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

We had eaten here a couple years ago, so thought we would try it again, was not as good as the first time, very expensive for the quality and quantity of the food. We spent $12.00 plus per plate there was three of us. Just wasn't the same.

Thank jj0j0la
Lubbock, Texas
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44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

Good tender brisket but get the sauce on the side as it is only average. The sausage and ribs were good but not as good as the brisket.

Thank Jim L
Houston, United States
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

I had a chopped brisket sandwich(with sauce) which coms with one side, and I chose the peach cobbler. The sandwich was just that....no pickle or onion or anything other than a spoonful of sauce, and an ice scream scoop full of cobbler, which could have been better with a little cinnamon. For $8.00+ tax Good brisket.....HIGH price. At $4.50 or... More 

Thank Scott S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 22
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Buffet, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
11:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1825 Sudderth Dr, Ruidoso, NM 88345-6116
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Ruidoso
  • Phone Number: +1 575-257-4105
Circle J Bar-B-Que is a family style restaurant. All food is made from homemade scratch recipes that date back thirty years. The owners have owned and operated the restaurant for 18 years and continue to work to make peoples meals enjoyable.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?