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Bad Bones BBQ

1421 US Highway 51 N, Arbor Vitae, Minocqua, WI 54568
+1 715-358-0200
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good22%
  • Average18%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“brisket” (31 reviews)
“smoked meat” (8 reviews)
“beans” (10 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
1421 US Highway 51 N, Arbor Vitae, Minocqua, WI 54568
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

So happy to have some options to the mix of supper clubs and touristy burger and pizza joints along Hwy 51. The smoky aroma as you enter will stimulate any appetite. This is a very casual and rustic layout. You come for the food. It...More

Thank BadgerSeven
Aaron A, Owner at Bad Bones BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2017

Thanks for the great review.

Reviewed 5 September 2017

If the customer service is any indication of how your experience is going to be this place is a pass.

Thank maustonrp
Aaron A, Owner at Bad Bones BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

I'm sorry you didn't feel you got the best service during your trip we try hard to make every dining experience enjoyable. Hope we get another chance to serve you

Reviewed 14 August 2017

We went as we do almost every year for dinner Saturday night on camp weekend visit. We've been here a half-dozen times so we knew to arrive early. We still had a line arriving at 5:30pm but it was not so bad. For two adults...More

Thank nlman1985
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We timed our visit really well, there was no line at all. As we ate people started lining up. The dining area is small, but if the weather permits there is an outdoor space. I wish they would have explained the setup a bit when...More

Thank Bonnie B
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Stop in and tried the Judges plate which consisted ribs (tough)chicken excellent ,pulled pork ho hum , brisket very good .Baked beans good and potato salad ,potatoes hard ie not cooked long enough. But options limited in Northwoods for BBQ so where else you going...More

Thank 236kevina
Aaron A, Owner at Bad Bones BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Thanks for stopping in and for the review

Reviewed 15 July 2017

Wonderful , generous portions. Amazing bbq. Sauces are wonderful. Carolina fries with cheese sauce for dipping are a Must! Will be back soon to try pizza and get more bbq. Pork and beef brisket were our ffavorites.Great slaw also, Yum!

Thank Erin W
Aaron A, Owner at Bad Bones BBQ, responded to this reviewResponded 16 July 2017

Thanks for the review

Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

I went to BB on a Saturday night at 8pm on a weekend when it was not visitor's weekend for any of the camps. When I walked in, there was no line. There were only two seated tables. Heaven - because on visitors weekend the...More

Thank nlman1985
Reviewed 2 July 2017

This place has it going on for BBQ! The illegal part is the fries with cheese curds and gravy! Pure OMG! And all the different types of BBQ sauce you can put as much or little as you want! Portions are huge, bring your appetite!...More

Thank 405kylew
Reviewed 9 June 2017

So we stopped here for dinner on our way out of Minoqua. The parking lot was full so that is always a good sign. No waitresses here..order at the counter and grab a table. This place is no frills and strictly about the food. I...More

Thank Brian H
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

Last month a friend and I got together at this fabulous rib joint. We had the most delicious melt in your mouth incredible food. I had a pulled pork sandwich that was mounded with simply delicious coleslaw in the traditional way of having a pulled...More

Thank k d
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1421 US Highway 51 N, Arbor Vitae, Minocqua, WI 54568
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Minocqua
  • Phone Number: +1 715-358-0200
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We offer Southern BBQ up North. Our daily menu offers pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and chicken. You can get these as a sandwich or dinner, and we offer combo meals as well. We also offer a variety of specialty sandwiches featuring our smoked meats. Don't forget about our pizzas too!
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