Following up its smash-hit, sold-out Las Vegas pizza tour de force, Finger Licking Foodie Tours, the city’s premier operator of original culinary excursions, has opened up reservations for its second focused tour on Dec. 18 that will spotlight the age-old tradition and art of barbecue.
This three-hour culinary tour that begins at 5 p.m. is all about smoke, fire, and flames, and the resulting impeccable, fall-off-the-bone meats that are best enjoyed with your fingers, alongside creamy, tangy, crunchy, and soulful side dishes.
This tour includes stops at Vegas’ three best ‘cue joints: Rollin Smoke Barbeque, Jessie Rae’s BBQ, and Big B’s Texas BBQ – with immediate seating and VIP service at each one.
Guests will get their fill of a variety of meats and sides, along with one pre-selected beer at each venue.
As a bonus, guests will also get to participate in three behind-the-scenes experiences: a tour of the massive smokers, a butchering demonstration that highlights breaking down large cuts; and a barbecue sauce tasting to discern the differences between styles and flavor profiles.
This mouthwatering tour is limited to the first 35 registered guests. Price is $125 per person, which includes all gratuities, plus shuttle transportation, and the gift of a highlight video afterward.
This is the second in a series of focused food tours that will be offered every four to six weeks, each taking a deep dive into a different delicious foodstuff. The tours are ideal for locals who want to hone in on a favorite cuisine or food in all its varieties and complexities.
The barbecue tour begins at Rollin Smoke Barbeque for “World Famous’’ beef ribs, sliced juicy brisket, pulled pork or St. Louis pork ribs, and crispy-creamy golden corn nuggets.
The restaurant was started by chef and Arkansas-native John Holland, who wanted to bring an authentic taste of hickory-smoked Southern barbecue to Vegas. He’s garnered such a reputation that the restaurant has been featured on “Barbecue Paradise’’ on the Travel Channel and named one of the “Top Places to Eat’’ by the Food Network.
Then, it’s on to Jessie Rae’s BBQ for spare ribs; pulled pork shoulder; crunchy Lexington Red Slaw; and the unforgettable “Loaded in Vegas, a heap of smoked, pulled Jive Chicken mounded atop mac ‘n’ cheese. No wonder the place has racked up a slew of awards that includes Las Vegas Weekly’s Reader’s Choice for Best Barbecue’’ in 2022, the Downtown Throwdown BBQ Championship in 2014, and the Las Vegas Ribfest Championship in 2015.
The final stop is Big B’s Texas BBQ to chow down on baby back ribs, tri-tip, and mac & cheese. Owner and Texas native Brian Buechner regularly drives back to his home state to haul wood back for his smokers. That attention to detail has paid off with Big B’s win for “Best Dry Rub BBQ” by Vegas Food & Fun in 2022, and being named one of “The Best BBQ Joints in Town’’ in 2021 by WhereTraveler.
ABOUT FINGER LICKING FOODIE TOURS
Finger Licking Foodie Tours was founded by Donald Contursi, founder and president of the wildly successful award-winning Lip Smacking Foodie Tours. Finger Licking Foodie Tours offers lighthearted, casual culinary walking tours on the Strip and through some of Vegas’ most distinctive neighborhoods, with stops at three top restaurants to enjoy a parade of signature dishes at each, all with VIP service.
Each tour can be led by a professional tour guide or can be self-guided with an innovative e-guide included.
Each tour introduces guests to some of the city’s most celebrated and irresistible eateries. Group tours can take advantage of the Finger Licking Foodie group tour which covers up to five stops during a leisurely 2.5-hour tour led by a friendly guide who points out all the coolest sights and most fun facts along the way.
Group tours are perfect for singles, couples, and groups of friends or families. For more information, visit FingerLickingFoodieTours.com.