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Bad Bones BBQ

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$$ - $$$
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1421 US Highway 51 N, Arbor Vitae, Minocqua, WI 54568-9504
+1 715-358-0200
Sun 15:00 - 20:00
Wed - Fri 15:00 - 21:00
Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

This was our first time eating at Bad Bones BBQ. My husband and I both had the pulled pork - it was delicious. Sauces were also very good - the Memphis style was our favorite. Very generous portion - we both ended up leaving the bun and just ate the pork. I left off 1 star for a couple reasons... More 

Thank jdlakeshore
Minocqua, Wisconsin
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61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2017 via mobile

We just finished our meal and I had to grab my phone and let everyone know about this new gem! Wow!! My fave BBQ place was forever Corky's in Memphis but Bad Bones just took their place. The ribs were meaty and juicy and the sauce was a perfect blend of sweet/tangy/smokey. Add in a side of lobster mac-n-cheese and... More 

Thank Lexipup12
Gleason, Wisconsin
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

The ribs are out of this world. Many different sauces to choose from. Smoked out back. The restaurant is easy to miss. Almost looks like a house. Service and food are the best very friendly. We stop every time we visit Minocqua.

Thank Alvin R
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016

Ok, you may ask yourself, why 3 stars on a review titled "Food Excellent". I will get to that.First, the food. Gyros on Wednesday, awesome. Wings always great, fries great, pulled pork, great. Brisket, not so much. Ribs, not so much. Now for the two star deduction. Deceptive pricing. Check your receipt, they charge a 15% "EWP" which is a... More 

1 Thank loydsmith
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 December 2016

Best beef brisket in the Northwoods. They also make a good pizza always trying making their food the best it can be.

Thank Ronald W
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 19 November 2016 via mobile

We have been looking for standout restaurants in the Northwoods, and this is totally one of them! We had the ribs, brisket, slaw, and Mac and cheese. All were delicious! The brisket was probably the weakest as it was a little dry, but still tasty. We ordered bread pudding, but will probably skip that next time. The owners and staff... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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50 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

I'll keep it short and simple....Best BBQ in Wisconsin, hands down. Everything we tried was fall off the bone, mouth watering, deliciousness. You won't be disappointed.

Thank steavpacka
Sydney, Australia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Went here a few times during the summer. While the food is great and always a wide range of specials, it is a pain waiting in line to order for so long. Would table service work here? Also the vibe here is a little dull, staff don't seem to be too happy to be there it feels. There is a... More 

1 Thank moyeboyyy
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

If you love BBQ and smoked meat, this is your place. Great food and a bit different style of service but it makes the place unique! Don't miss out. Only sad thing is that their hours are not always the best for everyone.

Thank Jimmy P
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

My husband and I found this place on maps and it was delicious! The owners are down to earth common people that made u feel welcome! They have community seating that was very inviting. We had a variety of meats and a couple sides, it was all so good, our favorite was the brisket it was so moist! And they... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
15:00 - 20:00
15:00 - 21:00
15:00 - 21:00
15:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1421 US Highway 51 N, Arbor Vitae, Minocqua, WI 54568-9504
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Minocqua
  • Phone Number: +1 715-358-0200

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?