Review by: Michael Stern

“Mild, medium, or hot?” you will be asked when you place an order at this roadside BBQ parlor. Even the mild stuff packs a pleasant punch; medium is very spicy; hot is diabolical. It was quite a sight to watch local boys in overalls come to Craig’s for “extra hots” at lunch time, and quickly ingest two or three big sandwiches non-stop before hopping in their trucks and driving back to work. Not a one of the big fellers combusted from the heat.

The pork is irresistibly tasty even before red-orange, peppery sauce is applied. The way most people seem to like it served at Craig’s is in a bun as a sandwich, wrapped in wax paper and stuck together with a toothpick. Stuffed into the bun atop the pork is cool cole slaw, providing sensational counterpoint. On the side, there are Ozark-style beans — silky and sweet, cosseted in amber emulsion.

Much of Craig’s business is take-out, although a scattering of tables across the floor inside provides space for eating in.

What To Eat


BBQ Sandwich

BBQ Pork Sandwich

Polish Sausage

Sweet Tea


Craig’s Recipes


What do you think of Craig’s?

One Response to “Craig’s”

Brandi Belinge

August 18th, 2012

I was about five years old when I tried my first Craig’s BBQ pork sandwich. My dad is from Jacksonville, AR and was in the Army. We visited his hometown at least once a year and we always stopped on our return home to get a bag full of sandwiches. I am now 38 years old and, although I don’t do as much traveling, my dad drives to Jacksonville once every three months or so from Florida, and I always ask him to bring me bottles of Craig’s delicious BBQ sauce so I can make my BBQ pork sandwiches at home. To this day and for always, Craig’s BBQ in DeValls Bluff, AR is my all time favorite BBQ joint in the world.

I recommend Craig’s to everyone who loves BBQ and travels through or within 100 miles of the place.


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