We opened The Riverhouse in 2013, bringing our love of dry-rubbed, slow-smoked Hill Country Texas barbecue to Big Sky. The plan was to create a bar and grill where people felt comfortable grabbing a beer on the porch after work, treating their family to dinner or celebrating their wedding. Wherever you’re coming from, down the road or across the country, we invite you to stop in and put your feet up on our back porch, enjoy the views and the BBQ. Whether you’re fresh off the river or just left work, come as you are!
Kyle & Greg
Founders Kyle Wisniewski and Greg Lisk met in 2003 while working as bartenders at the Half Moon Saloon (what is now The Riverhouse). Greg soon took over managing the front of house and Kyle moved into the kitchen where he started experimenting with barbecue recipes. The business changed hands and took on many identities over the years, but it always was a special place to the guys. Greg even met his future wife, Julie, there. When the business came up for sale in 2013, the guys bought the restaurant and spent three months remodeling it from top to bottom. They pictured a family-friendly restaurant where anyone would feel comfortable coming in for a beer and a plate of barbecue. If you stop in, you’ll likely see at least one of them working or grabbing a beer at the bar. Be sure to say “hi.”
Growing up in New Braunfels, Texas, Greg was raised on great barbecue. Together, we had a vision to bring this unbelievable Texas barbecue to Montana. After years of experimenting to make our own rubs, perfecting the process and taking a lot of trips to Texas, we created our own style of authentic Hill Country barbecue. The meat is dry rubbed with our own blend of seasonings and spices then smoked for 12-18 hours over mesquite wood. Each plate is served up with all the sides: beans, corn, coleslaw and cornbread. Barbecue is a food that brings people from all walks of life to the table to break bread. You smell that barbecue cooking and your mouth starts watering.
Meet Our Team
GREG “Carnie” Lisk