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Badlands BBQ | BBQ in Norco, California

Badlands BBQ – Straight from the Pit in Norco

Badlands BBQ sitBadlands Sammys in a little area of Norco surrounded by small retail shops and modern fast food. The little BBQ joint is serving up some smoked goodness to lunch and dinner guests.  When you walk through the glass doors of Badlands BBQ, a scent of hickory fills the air; and you know you may have found something special as soon as you see “Pig Candy” at the top of the appetizer menu. So yes, I ordered it- quickly.  Why wouldn’t I?   Hickory smoked bacon with a secret house rub, deliciously served up in little bite sized bits from heaven.

I wanted to try something a little different so as I perused the menu, I caught a glimpse of the “Badlands” on the Sammies menu (sandwiches).  The Badlands is a mound of smoked brisket, pulled pork, jalapeno cheddar hot link, topped with habanero jack cheese, cole slaw, and fried onion straws on a toasted brioche bun.  This was a seriously large sandwich as you can see from the photo.  The size was way to big for my mouth, so I was forced to go the fork and knife route.  The flavors all worked together like a fine country symphony (I know, there aren’t country symphonies, but if there were they would taste like this).  The meats were tender and smoked perfectly.  And again, the portion was HUGE.

I was able to steal a smoked rib off of the plate of my dinner companion, the pork was cooked to tender perfection.   Portion size was adequate, and the dinner came with a choice of two sides from the menu.  They don’t go crazy with the sauce which is good, but there is extra available if you’re looking for an additional slather.  They have several different types of sauce for yoBadlands BBQ Interioru to try as well- with varying levels of heat and sweet.

The rest of the menu is complete with a full range of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and dinners- including BBQ ribs, AMAZING brisket, pulled pork, chicken and links.   All of the BBQ is straight off of their pit.  They do have kids portions and Badlands currently has great selection of beers to choose from in bottles and on tap.

This is not a giant place but…. they are expanding into the space next door to open a saloon complete with happy hour and bar menu.  Hopefully that should be done late January early February. In the mean time, check them out for some great BBQ.



120 Hidden Valley Pkwy, Suite D, Norco, CA, United States 92860, badlandsbarbecue.com, 951- 735 -OINK (6465)