“Award Winning East Texas style Barbecue for over 50 years!”
Stanley's is the oldest operating Mom & Pop BBQ Joint in Tyler, Texas. Serving up true, pit smoked BBQ for over 50 years. Stanley himself has been off of the scene for more than a decade, but with a new owner and pit master, who took over the nearly 60 year-old-joint in 2000, has revived the quality of its barbecue--all the usual suspects plus ham and turkey--and spruced up the atmosphere: It's now a cross between a fifties diner and a rustic hunting lodge. They also tinkered with the tangy house sauce, but the thick slices of lean brisket (smoked for 16+ hours) and juicy pork-and-beef sausage taste better left alone. If you visit at lunch, consider a sandwich called the Brother-in-Law: hotlink, chopped beef, and cheese. Yes, cheese. You'll wonder why it hasn't been a barbecue staple forever.
The food here is so good. Have an ex wife or a brother in law sandwich, or my new fave the mother clucker, fillet chicken thigh meat on a jalapeno bun, spicy mayo, and and a fried egg on top. The blues is the music of choice and they have live music and a full bar. Great place to hang out and soak up the vibe, or the sauce!
One of my top choices for BBQ. Great atmosphere and live bands Thursday-Sat nights. Place has a Austin TX feel to it.
The baby back ribs and the smoked turkey are especially worth mentioning. But what makes this joint stand out are the breakfast burritos. Where else can you get BBQ for breakfast?
Parking spots are hard to get right out front! Tip: There's more parking directly around back - either in Stanley's "upper" lot or across the street by the train tracks. Either way, just make your way down the yellow metal stairway and into the patio.
The bark cut of brisket was excellent. Tender, moist and great flavor. Live music in the evening was good atmosphere. Just a simple well crafted pit bbq.
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Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q
- Mon - Thu: 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
- Fri: 7:00 am - 12:00 am
- Sat: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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