While the Texas Panhandle might not have the same glitz and glamour of some of the other parts of the state, one thing they do have is unparalleled barbecue.
If you make a visit to the Panhandle, be sure to try these four barbecue spots.
Tyler’s Barbecue — Amarillo
There are many reasons this place has become a legendary fixture in the Panhandle region. Listed as one of the top 50 barbecue joints in Texas by Texas Monthly, Tyler’s Barbecue is the joint of pit master Tyler Frazer, who took an abandoned Long John Silver’s and transformed it into a barbecue joint that got the whole state talking. We could go on and on about how good Tyler’s is, but we thought this anecdote would make it clear: The sauce is amazing, but many patrons find the meat to be so perfect they don’t even use sauce.
Spicy Mike’s BBQ Haven — Amarillo
Another must-eat joint in Amarillo, this out-of-the-way joint on the city’s south side serves up meat with a kick of spice. The restaurant might be relatively new in town, but Mike Havens and his daughter Noelle serve up all the essentials — brisket, ribs, pulled pork — along with daily specials such as chicken, turkey and more. As the name suggests, the uniqueness of this place comes from its spice. Jalapeno sausages and the green chilis in the Taos sandwich are a must for lovers of all things spicy and hot.
The BBQ Shop — Farwell
You can enjoy views of New Mexico when you eat at this west Texas restaurant. But something’s different about this barbecue shop. If you get here on Wednesday or Saturday, you’ll be out of luck. The sign on the door says, loud and clear: “Open Thursday 7:00 a.m. until the food is gone! Cash or checks only.”
That’s right, you only get one chance a week to feast on this high-caliber barbecue. And if you’re here later than 11:00 a.m., they may be out of your favorite menu items. All in all, even though the BBQ Shop is in an out-of-the-way location, and only open about five hours a week, for the devoted and adventurous barbecue fan, it might be worth a road trip.
The Shack — Lubbock
If you find yourself in Lubbock and want to eat the best barbecue in town and have an overall great time doing so, The Shack is the place to go. With tender slices of perfectly smoked brisket and fall-off-the-bone ribs all served in generous portions, this is a smoky slice of paradise.
We haven’t even made a dent in describing the numerous regional barbecue joints in the Panhandle, which means you’ll just have to get up there yourself and, with an appetite and a few wet wipes in your pocket, go exploring.