Fox Smokehouse BBQ

Worth a detour

Fox Smokehouse is a fun-times townie favorite, often missed by sightseers on their way to Hoover Dam because it’s just off the main road. It is run by competition BBQers who take special pride in their Texas style ‘cue.

However, we discovered that the further we strayed from the Texan specialties on the menu, the happier we were.

Both brisket and pulled pork sandwiches come on appropriate breads, white toast, and a soft bun respectively. The amount of meat is generous, but we rate it as only good, not great. We prefer ours with lingering smoke flavor and some bark mixed in to the chopped meat. Here you get meat that is more about the meat itself. Quibbles aside, the bread, dressing, and meat taste good. Bottom line: We like our sandwiches more as meat sandwiches than as BBQ.

Forget sauce. It is advertised as “so good you don’t need sauce.” It would seem that the strategy is to make the sauce so unappealingly ketchupy that you won’t want to bother with it.

Thumbs-up to chicken wings. Smoked, then crisped up in the deep frier without breading, they boast dark, tight skin that holds in juices and subtle smoke flavor. We suggest getting them “dry,” given the mediocre BBQ sauce. Buffalo sauce is a good option, but really, they are so good on their own that they don’t need sauce at all.

Onion rings are excellent, some of the best we can remember. They have a nice thick piece of onion that you could bite right through, and the buttermilk batter stays crisp on the outside, but gives as you bite. “Fry sauce” is just BBQ sauce and mayonnaise, but in fact goes well with the onion rings.

Cowboy beans contain generous chunks of brisket. Although too sweet for us, they are enjoyable. Mac and cheese, on the other hand, is wildly delicious. The noodles are and teh sauce is pleasantly spicy. Do they use pepper jack?

in their blend. Could come here for just mac and wings, and it will be worth the detour.

What to Eat
Fox Smokehouse BBQ, Dry Signature Chicken Wings
Dry Signature Chicken Wings
Subtly smoky dry wings are crisp & succulent.
Fox Smokehouse BBQ, Macaroni and Cheese
Macaroni and Cheese
Dreamy mac and cheese with a little hot pepper kick.
Fox Smokehouse BBQ, Beer Battered Onion Rings
Beer Battered Onion Rings
Ideal rings. In back: excellent BBQ/mayo fry sauce
Fox Smokehouse BBQ, The Brisket Sandwich
The Brisket Sandwich
Good brisket is less smoky than Texas-style.
Fox Smokehouse BBQ, The Porky Sandwich
The Porky Sandwich
Tender pork sandwich with slaw
Fox Smokehouse BBQ, Cowboy Beans
Cowboy Beans
Cowboy beans are very sweet.
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Dessert
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

Other Nearby Restaurants

  • Chile Verde Express

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Jammed into the corner of a Las Vegas service-station convenience store, Chile Verde Express is a little counter serving sensationally good Mexican food.

  • Viva Las Arepas

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Viva Las Arepas is an oasis of Venezuelan excellence at the end of the Las Vegas Strip. Mesquite grilled meats are not to be missed.

  • Sushi Mon

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Vegas locals don’t go to casino buffets as much these days. This is the way they do all-you-can-eat: Unlimited fresh sushi rolls made to order.

  • Eat

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Eat is an inventive café in the heart of Downtown Las Vegas serving breakfast comfort classics reinvented by an ambitious chef.

  • John Mull’s Meats/Roadkill Grill

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    When this deer processor and butcher started a BBQ stand, it caused a sensation. John Mull’s beef ribs are worth driving out of town for.

  • Curry Zen

    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Las Vegas’ Curry Zen offers vegetarian comfort food, Japanese style, but also makes expertly fried cutlets for meat eaters.