A long line of family recipes, secret blends of dry rubs and BBQ sauce and an award-winning heritage of smoking tri-tip, brisket, baby back ribs and more, that’s what you’ll enjoy when you chow down at Bad To The Bone BBQ in San Juan Capistrano.
A step into the down-home cowboy-wrangling style restaurant makes you feel as if you are on the ranch in Oklahoma, where owner, Marty Wells was born and raised. The smell of real pit smoked barbeque wafting through the air, wagon wheel tables, and a side lounge where you can “saddle on up to the bar” take you to the wild west and that’s just the way Marty wanted it. Learning the BBQ and horse wrangling ropes from his father, the iconic Jerry Wells who was an Oklahoma Quarter Horse Association (OQHA) Hall-of-Famer and legendary horse trainer, Marty opened Bad To The Bone BBQ in 2005 aiming to serve real authentic BBQ with a Western rodeo atmosphere and that is just what Bad To The Bone BBQ does.
Serving “Real Pit BBQ” that’s been slow cooked in wood burning pits over Hickory wood for 12 to 24 hours, the BBQ at Bad To The Bone BBQ gets that deliciously tender meat and smoky flavor that will have you wrangling for more. Bad to the Bone BBQ proudly serves USDA Choice Beef that is naturally aged and hand cut to our strict specifications for maximum tenderness and flavor.
Whether served family-style or individually plated, the menu at Bad To The Bone BBQ has something to please any palette. The extensive menu is enough to knock your cowboy boots off but hold on to the reins and savor dishes like these starters, main courses and sides: Pulled Pork Sliders, Chili Cheese Fries, and Beer Battered Rings; Sliced Brisket, Fire Roasted Tri-Tip, Carolina Pulled Pork, Trip-Pepper House Sausage, and BBQ Half Chicken; or, choose from fish selections such as Catfish, Blackened Seabass, and combination plates of St. Louis Ribs, Baby Back Ribs and more!
Would you like some greens with that real pit smoked “Q”? Try the Tri-Tip Salad, Santa Fe Chicken Salad or dive in to the sea with the Seared Ahi Salad. And, pair your favorite dish with Bad To The Bone BBQ signature side dishes. Among customer favorites are the Mac ‘n Cheese, a family recipe tradition, Ranch Beans, Garlic Bashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli with Cheese Sauce, Chili, Onion Rings and Fried Okra.
What’s one of the things I love most about Bad To The Bone BBQ? It’s CATERING, of course! With football season in full swing, tailgate parties have never been tastier than when fully catered by Bad To The Bone BBQ. But not just for tailgate parties, Bad To the Bone BBQ will bring their tasty, smokey BBQ and all the trimmings to just about any location or call ahead and place your catering order for pick up and serve up Bad To The Bone BBQ throughout the entire year.
Whether you are eating at the bar and listening to the often played live music, dining in the rustic dining room or getting BBQ to go, Bad To The Bone BBQ is sure to be one of your favorite BBQ hot spots in Orange County.
31728 Rancho Viejo Road (cross street: Ortega Highway)
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Open Sunday-Thursday 11:00AM-9:00PM
Friday-Saturday from 11:00AM-10:00PM
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