Indy’s BEST kept BBQ secret since 1952!
Ribs galore! Rib tips, Chicken, Turkey ribs, Giant BBQ on a bun. Salads and sweet potato pie top off any of the great selections.
Full disclosure – I’ve been coming to Bar-B-Q Heaven since I was a kid. I’m not kidding, there’s a photo of me with a rib bone from here when I was about 5 years old. If you know my age, you can do the math 😉
Bar-B-Q Heaven is one of those quiet little spots that the locals keep local. We know how delicious the slow-smoked meats and awesome sweet treats that come out of here taste, and we want to keep it all to ourselves!
My favorite menu item is the turkey ribs.
I’m not even sure I considered turkeys HAVING ribs, but not only do they exist, they’re delicious. Everything here can be served plain, or with one of the company’s signature sauces.
I’m a fan of the “Mild” sauce, myself, but you may hear the pro’s ordering a Sweet/Hot combo.
The restaurant is located on the MLK corridor, on the North side. Don’t be deceived by it’s unassuming appearance; the real treasure is what lies inside.
I believe Bar-B-Q Heaven started serving open pit in Indy in 1952. They are still here with more locations, so that should count for something.
Try whatever you want, but I’m going to say their rib tips are their forte. I find them to be some of the most tender, meatiest, and least fat and full of flavor in Indy.
Even the small dinner is a generous portion. If you are into the turkey, it’s pretty good.
The sides are hit or miss depending on your taste, and there may be different offerings depending on what day you go. The greens and the corn and the baked beans have been good.
You can opt for sweet potato pie or chess pie or some others for dessert. There are a couple of soda machines for canned beverages.
They have added a nice deck with music on the speaker for patio dining. Cash only.
This smoke-stacked riverboat of a smokehouse queen of King Blvd has been on my radar since I settled back into Naptown over a year ago. Finally, finally, I made it. It took a nudge-nudge from two other hog-smoke hunters, and it happened — and Kyle H brought wet wipes (way to be)!
I knew it was cash only, but I did not know it was take out only. Fair enough, we’ll find a curb.
Kyle H had BBQ on a bun for $4.55. The size of this “sandwich” (spork necessary) makes it a value. You’ll see the half slab listed at $11.13, and wonder if it’s worth it — size and sauce wise, it most definitely is.
Those were the largest 6 ribs that’ve been plated in front of me.
I gotta get this outta the way before I wrap this up: the ribs could’ve been better.
I was pulling the meat with my teeth off the bone, they weren’t all that moist and were a bit tough. That said, the outer layer of the meat (slightly crusty on the edges) and the sauce kept me having at it.
I dig their menu: there’s a whole & half chicken — that’s really my wheel house, I’ll be back for this.
Now, I don’t know what “American” means to you… but to me… a BBQ lunch in a park (just down the street at Walton park there’s a picnic table) at said picnic table, children playing in the background, noshing on the most American cuisine with a man with a beard, on Martin Luther King Blvd, WITH a blue angel flyover — that’s American.