I’m not a meat eater, but I talked with friends and did some research so that you would know the best BBQ joints around the Coachella Valley. Here’s your Top Ten places to get great BBQ!

1. Babe’s B-B-Que Grill, The River, Rancho Mirage

Babe’s is a favorite around the desert. You’ll find a fun atmosphere, great service and great BBQ. I also recommend their micro brew beer.

2. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneer Palace, Yucca Valley

I love making the trip to the high desert from time to time and this is a must stop! YYou can be sure you’ll have a great BBQ here! I have even seen horses parked or maybe I shouls say hitched up by the restaurant.

3. Cactus Jack’s, Palm Desert

You’ll always find a big crowd at this very popular Palm Desert restaurant. Great service, great BBQ.

Related: 5 Hot Spots For BBQ In The Desert

4. Browns BBQ & Soul Food, Palm Springs

New to the desert you have to try this one for yourself. With 5 stars and comments that promise you’ll be amazed you have to stop in now.

5. Jackalope Ranch, Indio

This is a huge restaurant that is always packed. They have great BBQ and plenty of it! On certain nights, you’ll be able to enjoy live music, too.

6. Goodtimes Pub and Grill, Idyllwild

Take a little drive up the mountain and you’ll enjoy a change of scenery plus great food. This restaurant always has a good time feel, and you’ll love the BBQ. When it gets hot in the desert during the summer months, this is a good escape.

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7. Willie Boys Saloon and Dance Hall, Morongo Valley

I think the name pretty much tells the story here. You can be sure to find great BBQ and good times. You might be able to dance off the calories, too!

8. Papa’s Smokehouse BBQ, Yucca Valley

Another great opportunity to take make the trip up to the high desert for some great dining. If you’re looking for great BBQ, this is it.

9. Maru Korean BBQ and Grill, LaQuinta

If you’re looking for a different way to enjoy your BBQ, try Maru. Their reviews are very good. You might also enjoy their way of preparing your BBQ.

10. Mike’s American Bistro, Cathedral City

Mike’s is another place to enjoy BBQ in the Coachella Valley. Like many of our other choices, you can check them out enjoy your next BBQ. Next time you’re in Cathedral City, give them a try.

→ Dan McGrath, CBS Palm Springs. Dan is the host of the mid-morning radio show on KEZN 103.1 FM Palm Springs. Follow Dan on Twitter: @DanMcGrathRadio.


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