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The Best Ribs in Walt Disney World

Who doesn’t love barbecue, especially ribs? With smoky and bold flavors, delicious rubs and sauces, and melt-in-your-mouth texture, they are the ultimate indulgence to enjoy at any meal. Delicious ribs can be found at many different locations across the Walt Disney World Resort, so let’s check out some of the can’t-miss options that have the best flavors and presentations!

St. Louis Rib Dinner

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St. Louis Rib Dinner – Flame Tree Barbecue

One of the best destinations for barbecue at the Walt Disney World Resort is Flame Tree Barbecue on Discovery Island in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. This quick-service location is open daily for lunch and dinner and offers up delicious options that Guests can enjoy on outdoor patios overlooking the water. The St. Louis Rib Dinner is a decadent and delicious meal with a flavorful dry rub and great char on the meat paired with beans and coleslaw.

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Ribs & Chicken Combo – Flame Tree Barbecue

The only way that ribs can get even better at Flame Tree Barbecue is by pairing them with another delicious meat in a combo platter. The Ribs & Chicken Combo pairs the same ribs with marinated slow-smoked chicken and serves it all up with sides of beans and coleslaw.

Braised Short Ribs

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Braised Short Ribs – Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’

Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ is very popular with Guests thanks to its welcoming and relaxing interior and menu filled with delicious Southern favorites updated with fresh Florida flavors. Chef Art Smith has dreamed up some over-the-top menu items to enjoy for brunch, lunch, and dinner including the Braised Short Ribs which are slow-cooked until falling off the bone and served over a bed of creamy mashed potatoes with a demi-glace sauce, succotash, and cheddar drop biscuit.

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Memphis Dry-Rub Pork Ribs – Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue

EPCOT’s World Showcase is well known for its variety of international cuisine, but Guests can also visit Regal Eagle Smokehouse: Craft Drafts & Barbecue in The American Adventure Pavilion for some delicious quick-service barbecue. A great option for lunch and dinner is the Memphis Dry-rub Pork Ribs which are smothered in a flavorful rub and slow-smoked in the restaurant’s pit before being served with a piece of garlic toast and choice of one side with options like Beer-bettered Onion Rings, Macaroni & Cheese, and Baked Beans with Burnt Ends.

Morimoto Spare Ribs

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Morimoto Spare Ribs – Morimoto Asia

Morimoto Asia in The Landing area of Disney Springs features a stunning modern interior and menu of pan-Asian delights, all created by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Guests who dine at the table service location for lunch and dinner can enjoy a wide variety of regional Asian specialties, including the delicious Morimoto Spare Ribs. Available as an appetizer potion with three ribs or an entrée with a half rack of six ribs, these delicious pork ribs are smothered in a hoisin sweet chili glaze and cilantro for tons of flavor.

Morimoto Baby Ribs

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Morimoto Baby Ribs (3 pcs) – Morimoto Street Food

Guests who want to enjoy the wonderful ribs from Morimoto Asia without committing to a table service reservation can instead head to the adjacent Morimoto Street Food location, which serves up a limited menu of quick-service options. The Morimoto Baby Ribs (3 pcs) are identical to the option served at the table service location with the hoisin sweet chili glaze and cilantro.

Tamarind-braised Short Ribs

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Tamarind-braised Short Rib – Tiffins Restaurant

Guests who spend time in Disney’s Animal Kingdom can enjoy some amazing dining options, including the table service Tiffins Restaurant, which features a menu of international flavors and cuisine inspired by world travel. The Tamarind-braised Short Rib is a wonderful entrée option on the menu that is accompanied by parsnip-potato purée, cauliflower, cipollini onion, and Medjool date vinaigrette, making it a flavorful and delicious option for any lunch or dinner.

BBQ Ribs

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BBQ Ribs – Yak & Yeti Restaurant

Also found in Disney’s Animal Kingdom is Yak & Yeti Restaurant, a table service location spread throughout two floors that serves up an array of pan-Asian cuisine with bold and bright flavors. Open daily for lunch and dinner, the restaurant features an extensive menu, but one of the best choices is the BBQ Ribs which feature a half rack of St. Louis pork ribs that have been slow-roasted, smothered in Korean barbecue sauce, and paired with fries and kimchi slaw.

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Maple-Chipotle Barbecued Slow-smoked Pork Ribs – Whispering Canyon Café

Disney’s Wilderness Lodge celebrates the rustic charm of the lodges found at National Parks, and this theming continues into Whispering Canyon Café. This table service restaurant found near the main lobby serves up indulgent all-you-can-eat skillets for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that are sure to leave Guests full and satisfied. One of the meats that are featured in many of the skillet options is the Maple-Chipotle Barbecued Slow-smoked Pork Ribs which have the perfect balance of smoke, heat, and sweetness for a delicious bite.

Senegal Sal's Short Rib

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Senegal Sal’s Short Rib – Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen

Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen is a wonderful table service location in the Magic Kingdom’s Adventureland where Guests can enjoy an adventurous menu of international flavors while surrounded by exotic theming and skippers from the nearby Jungle Cruise. While enjoying lunch or dinner, Guests should be sure to try Senegal Sal’s Short Rib, which is flavored with a berbere spice and served with sweet potato silk, sautéed greens, cucumber, and root vegetable slaw.

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Short Rib Flatbread – The Edison

One of the most unique dining locations at the Walt Disney World Resort is The Edison in Disney Springs, where Guests can dine on American favorites in a space themed to feel like an electric company from the 1920s. While enjoying live entertainment including music and stilt walkers, Guests can enjoy unique menu items including the Short Rib Flatbread appetizer which tops a crispy crust with short rib, white cheddar cheese sauce, pickled red onion, arugula, and balsamic glaze.

Barolo Short Rib

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Barolo Short Rib – The Edison

Short ribs can also be enjoyed as an entrée option at The Edison with the Barolo Short Rib meal, which is paired with a Barolo red wine mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, and glazed rainbow carrots.

Spare Ribs

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Spare Ribs – The Edison

The final ribs option to enjoy at The Edison are the Spare Ribs which feature St. Louis ribs covered with a dry rub and roasted then served with a spicy barbecue sauce, slaw with champagne vin, and a side of fries.

Santa Carota Short Ribs

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Santa Carota Short Ribs – Wine Bar George

Wine Bar George in Disney Springs has become very popular with Guests who love to enjoy the industrial and modern interior while sipping on hundreds of international wines chosen by Master Sommelier George Miliotes. While the menu at the table service restaurant is mainly composed of small plates and charcuterie, Guests who dine there for dinner can enjoy the Santa Carota Short Ribs, which are ridiculously tender and served with a red potato mash and caramelized vegetables.

Smoked BBQ Ribs

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Smoked BBQ Ribs – City Works Eatery & Pour House

Also found in Disney Springs is City Works Eatery & Pour House which elevated the feel of a sports bar with a relaxing interior, plenty of overhead televisions, delicious American favorites, and dozens of beer selections on tap. An indulgent option to enjoy for lunch or dinner at City Works Eatery & Pour House is the Smoked BBQ Ribs which plate a full rack of baby back ribs that have been hardwood-smoked, smothered in a barbecue sauce, and served with spicy maple bacon baked beans and mascarpone creamed corn.

Kona-braised Short Ribs

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Kona-braised Short Ribs – Kona Café

Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is home to several table service restaurants that serve up a sampling of island flavors including Kona Café which can be found on the upper level of the Great Ceremonial House with beautiful open-air views of the lobby. Guests who dine at Kona Café for dinner can enjoy a menu of sushi favorites and the delicious Kona-braised Short Ribs which are tender, packed with flavor, and served with creamy mashed potato and broccolini.

Braised Short Rib Quesadilla

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Braised Short Rib Quesadilla – STK Orlando

STK Orlando in Disney Springs is most popular for its indulgent and flavorful butcher’s cut steaks which are served up for brunch, lunch, and dinner in modern décor. While the steaks are amazing, a great lunch alternative is the Braised Short Rib Quesadilla which fills a crunchy flour tortilla with fontina cheese, tomatoes, chimichurri, and mustard cream.

North Carolina Style Barbecue Pork Ribs

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North Carolina Style BBQ Pork Ribs – Paradiso 37 – Taste of the Americas

The final rib option that Guests can’t miss out on at the Walt Disney World Resort can be found at Paradiso 37 – Taste of the Americas, a table service restaurant in Disney Springs that offers up cuisine from North, Central, and South America. While soaking in beautiful views of Lake Buena Vista, Guests can dig into the North Carolina Style BBQ Pork Ribs, featuring sixteen ounces of meat smothered in a tangy barbecue sauce and served with cabbage slaw and fries.

 

With so many amazing rib options to enjoy at the Walt Disney World Resort, which would you dig into first?

About Caitlin Kane

Caitlin Kane has been visiting Walt Disney World since she was a child and has developed a deep love and appreciation of the Disney Parks with a particular interest in the small details and history that can be found all around. Visiting every chance she gets, Caitlin loves to enjoy the ambiance of the Disney Parks and try something new every time. She can often be found eating and drinking her way through the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, riding the Haunted Mansion, sipping on a Lapu Lapu, pretending Illuminations: Reflections of Earth was still in existence, and enjoying seeing the magic through the eyes of her children. When not in WDW, Caitlin can be found at home in New York dreaming of a ride on Living with the Land and counting down the days until her next trip.