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Bad Bones BBQ

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1421 US Highway 51 N, Arbor Vitae, Minocqua, WI 54568-9504
+1 715-358-0200
15:00 - 21:00
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Sun 15:00 - 20:00
Wed - Fri 15:00 - 21:00
Sat 12:00 - 21:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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38 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank moyeboyyy
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Shill2
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped in on a recommendation from a local resident. So glad we did. Brisket was awesome! Variety of BBQ sauces to choose from. Very friendly staff. Clean and well taken care of. We are on the deck.....truly beautiful sunset that evening made our experience even more memorable. We'll be back when we visit the area again!

Thank Rhonda F
Forsyth, Missouri
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Our pulled pork sandwiches were piled high with moist, flavorful meat. 5 different sauces to choose from. I had my coleslaw on the side, my husband had his on the sandwich. We both loved our food. Owners were friendly, made us feel welcome.

Thank Sue B
Minocqua, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped on for carry out. Friendly counter service, attention to packing my food so cold stuff stayed cold and hot stuff stayed hot and nothing got soggy. Got home to discover best pulled pork I have ever encountered. They even do some kind of magic with their cole slaw. Will definitely be back to try more things on their menu.

Thank brendaw233
Wausau, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Nothing like delivery after a day of boating on Lake Minocqua! Great homemade pizzas and fabulous pork and brisket! Their side dishes are fantastic!

Thank Daveziegler
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Had the pulled pork sandwich, wife had the brisket It as great.You can't go wrong if you love BBQ Right of the top shelf.

Thank Robert L

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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
Child-friendly, Kids
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?