According to folk etymologists, the term barbecue is derived from the French barbe coup, referring to the annual pig picking commemorating the infamous Bearded Rebellion. Celebrate saucy beards with today's Groupon to Judge's BBQ & The Juice Garden Smoothie Bar. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of barbecue.
- For $14, you get a buffet for two (up to a $31.90 value).
Judge's serves up family-style slow-cooked meats slathered in homemade mild or hot signature sauces. The menu centers around juicy ribs in quarter, half, and full slabs ($5.95–$21.50) plus pulled pork, beef brisket, and smoked salmon available by the pound ($13.95) or by the platter ($8.60–$12.90). Complement entrees with baked beans, garden salads, or roasted sweet potatoes ($2.15–$5.75), before putting a sugary cap on meals with slices of apple, peach, or blackberry cobbler ($2.95). Buffets include a rotating menu of meats, plus a bevy of sides, including corn casserole and mac 'n' cheese that will inspire tone-deaf taste buds to serenade incisors with John Fogerty lyrics.
Judge's Tip of the Rib BBQ
When asked for the secret behind his delicious barbecue dishes by reporters from the LISC Indianapolis Blog, Judge Smith answered, "That's easy. It's time." Judge spent more than 10 years developing his barbecue sauce, experimenting with different recipes and spices to procure the signature tangy taste. Today, he owns his own barbecue joint, where he pairs spicy, medium, and hot versions of his sauce with the meaty sandwiches, ribs, and platters that won him accolades from CityVoter. Judge smokes his meats slowly, sending the zesty aroma of pulled pork and sausages sailing through the restaurant.
Out in the dining room, where colorful sports flags and pendants hang on the walls, diners linger over sips of fresh fruit smoothies and bites of sweet-potato pie. After meals, guests can take home a bottle of Judge's signature sauce to use for making their own barbecue or for hosting the world’s first barbecue-balloon fight.
2104 W Michigan St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46222Get Directions