Badlands BBQ, Norco

My first post of 2015 is about one of my favorite subjects… Barbecue.

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I recently stumbled across Badlands BBQ in Norco, which is located in the spot formerly occupied by Hickory Joe’s Smokehouse.

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Before I go on, let me cut to the chase…

Brisket.
Amazing Brisket.
Consistently Amazing Brisket.

Badlands BBQ - Brisket

While some of the fixtures remain from the Hickory Joe’s days, Badlands has an updated look. I like it much better now.

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On my first visit, I tried the triple threat with brisket, baby back ribs and a hot link.

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The real star for me was the brisket, which is what I order every time I visit Badlands. The brisket does not disappoint.

Sliced…

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or chopped… the brisket is awesome.

Badlands BBQ Chopped Brisket

Although I’m not a big fan of baby
back ribs (I prefer the St. Louis style), the ribs were tender and meaty.

** Update: We went to Badlands a few hours after I posted this. We tried the ribs again, and they were devoured before I could even get a picture. Some of the best ribs I have ever eaten. **

Here’s another picture from a subsequent trip:

Badlands BBQ Ribs

Each table has condiments, including two different barbecue sauces: Memphis Magic and Habanero Chipotle. I prefer the Habanero Chipotle, which is a little sweet with a hint of a kick.

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There are a variety of sides to choose from, including onion strings, brisket baked beans and jalapeno bacon mac n cheese. For a little extra, you can also order a salad as one of your sides.

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Although we haven’t tried everything, there is much more than brisket at Badlands, including…

Wings:

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Burgers:

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Chicken:

I plan to go back many times.

Badlands BBQ
120 Hidden Valley Pkwy, Suite D
Norco
badlandsbarbecue.com

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