Bad to the Bone BBQ





There are three things that make up great BBQ: large helpings, tender meat, and delicious sauces. Orange County has surprisingly few BBQ restaurants, but we recently dined at one in San Juan Capistrano that I had never been to before and I would love to tell you about it.  Bad to the Bone features strong flavors and succulent meats that will have any meat lover in a state of euphoria.

Bad to the Bone Location


Tucked away in the center of a strip mall off the 5 freeway,  Bad to the Bone may be a little difficult to find but the restaurant is extremely spacious and has an awesome rustic decor that makes you feel like you’re on a ranch somewhere in the Midwest.

Bad to the Bone Interior


With 14 TV’s and a digital beer menu Bad to the Bone is a great place to come if you want to catch a game and enjoy some good ole’ fashioned BBQ and a beer with some friends. In 2007, they expanded their restaurant and now it seats 140-150 people and there is live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Bad to the Bone Food


When you first walk into bad to the Bone the smell of BBQ wafts through the air and you immediately start drooling. Pulled pork is their most popular entree and after tasting it I can see why. They also make a mean brisket that is so tender it just melts in your mouth. The owner told us they go through 1500 lbs of brisket a week and 120 gallons of sauce.  Wow!

All of their ribs are basted 30 minutes prior to being finished so that they can caramelize which gives you that delicious flavor.


During our tasting, we had a variety of different meats and side dishes. All of them were delicious and left me feeling full and satisfied. I especially enjoyed the garlic bashed potatoes and brisket. Other side dishes include:

Ranch Beans  •  Cole Slaw  •  Potato Salad  •  French Fries  •  Sweet Potato Fries •  Fried Okra  •  Steamed Veggies  •  Sweet Corn (seasonal)  •  Onion Rings • Baked Potato  •  Mac’n’Cheese • Steamed Broccoli with Cheese Sauce • Grilled Veggies


For more information visit Bad to the Bone on Facebook.

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