Judge's BBQ & The Juice Garden Smoothie Bar

Central Indianapolis

197 Ratings

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In a Nutshell

  • Voted Best Barbecue four years in a row
  • Slow-smoked meats
  • Variety of hearty side dishes

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jul 26, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 2 per person. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Dine-in only. Not valid toward alcohol. Buffet option can be split between 2 people. No cash back. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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 BBQ & The Juice Garden Smoothie Bar won Best Barbecue on TheIndyChannel.com's A-List presented by CityVoter 2007–2010. Seven Yelpers give Judge's an average of 4.5 stars.

  • The BBQ is tasty and true BBQ!!!!!! Untouchable by anyone!!!!!! – ltnupe1911, CityVoter
  • The menu is extensive with a wide variety of meat choices and side dishes that it almost makes it difficult to choose!
I enjoyed the pulled pork which was both juicy and smokey. – Sam S., Yelp

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.

Customer Reviews

197 Ratings

The hospitality at Judge's was outstanding, welcoming, and very friendly. The owner will be a hit with me forever and I will be a patron for life. Seems to be one heck of a hardworking man and with a real down to earth personality to boot. Fell in love with him from the start.
Yvette F. · May 18, 2013
I will be back soon!
Jason G. · April 27, 2013
So happy to hear Judge's will be at the Indianapolis State Fair once again.
Linda S. · April 26, 2013
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    Central Indianapolis

    2104 W Michigan St.

    Indianapolis, Indiana 46222

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