Located in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks, Branson, Missouri is famous for its incredible live entertainment, unique attractions, world-class shopping, and delicious restaurants. A favorite in these parts is BBQ and, you’re in luck, Branson is full of some of the best BBQ restaurants around!
Danna’s BBQ is just the place if you want to eat like a Branson local. This family owned and operated restaurant prides itself on its down-home recipes and fresh ingredients, and all of their recipes are made from scratch. Danna’s got its start in 2001 and moved to its current location in Branson after an electrical fire burned the original location to the ground in the middle of the night. Now Danna’s has locations in Kirbyville and Branson West, making it a true Ozarks institution. People come from far and wide to try their BBQ beef and pork plates and sandwiches, and unique specialties like BBQ nachos and BBQ quesadillas will have your mouth watering. The Stuffed Baked Potato is a local favorite and comes with your choice of meat, baked beans, cheese, sour cream, butter, and coleslaw. It’s so huge, it’s enough for two meals! If you have your heart set on a burger, nobody makes them like Danna’s. Their signature Fat Burger is served with a fried egg, bacon, cheese, and all the fixings on a toasted bun. They also serve a variety of plates from their famous smoked chicken, pork, or beef to their enormous rib plate. No matter what you like, Danna’s has the perfect meal for you!
Shorty Small’s is located right on Branson’s Highway 76 Strip making it the perfect place to stop and get something to eat while you’re out enjoying everything there is to do in Branson. Their extensive menu also ensures that even the pickiest eater among you will find something he or she can enjoy. Start the meal off right with an appetizer like mozzarella sticks, cheese dip and chips, or Shorty’s Famous Onion Loaf-a stack of deep-fried onions served with chipotle ranch dip. For lighter appetites, Shorty Small’s also serves a variety of burgers, sandwiches, and salads. Their house favorites include their succulent chicken pot pie, their world famous catfish, and Edna’s Pot Roast-juicy pot roast slow cooked and served with mashed potatoes and green beans. Of course, the stars of the show at Shorty Small’s are their steaks and BBQ dishes, each one more delicious than the rest. You’ll have your choice of steaks, ribs, smoked sausage, and BBQ meats, or you can mix it up with one of their combo platters. Finish things off with a decadent dessert like New York Style Cheesecake, Sizzlin’ Apple Pie, or a Chocolate Chip Brownie Sundae. With so many options, the only trouble you’ll have is choosing your meal!
One of Branson’s newest BBQ restaurants is Gettin’ Basted, located on the Branson Strip. The Gettin’ Basted team got their start in 2012 by entering Springfield, Missouri’s Rock ‘n’ Ribs competition. From there, they moved onto larger competitions and eventually opened their own food trailer in 2016. They bring their championship-winning touch to their extensive menu featuring a wide variety of meals for any appetite. Some of their specialties include their Basted Championship Wings, their enormous Boston burgers served with house chips, signature sandwiches each named after a different American city, and the wide variety of smoked meats that made them legendary in the BBQ business.
On your next trip to Branson, Missouri, make sure to taste what everyone is talking about and plan a meal at one of our mouth-watering BBQ restaurants. Whether it’s the down-home, family charm of Danna’s, the huge menu at Shorty Small’s, or the championship dishes at Getting’ Basted, you’re sure to leave with a full belly!