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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hands down the very best smoked sliced or chopped brisket Anywhere. Great BBQ pork and smoked sausage, homemade sides, chips and cookie! On our yearly trip from South Dakota to California, we intentionally go MILES out of our way for lunch and a few pounds...of smoked meats to go. Usually on the way back too. Totally unexpected friendly service and great food inside a farm supply store. Follow the signs and the smell of smoke.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 29 February 2024 via mobile

Yes! Cute little place with great food. If you blink, you will miss it but it’s worth the stop. I had smoked turkey, potato salad and beans, all gluten free. All meats and most sides are GF. My husband is not GF and he had...brisket, ribs and peach cobbler. All very good and highly recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 30 December 2023 via mobile

Do not skip Watson's BBQ when traveling the 40 interstate. We stopped in NM on our trip from California to Oklahoma for poor boy BBQ brisket sandwiches and smoked turkey and it was a gastronomic delight. Mom says the potato salad is the best she...has had (and she is 80 yrs old). The buildings from the amazing 40s and 50s in Tucumari are long deserted but at the end of the short five-minute drive from the main interstate, you will find a little country shop with great BBQ!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Stella Watson, General Manager at Watson's Bbq, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2024

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Reviewed 22 December 2023 via mobile

This place is an incredibly well hidden gem! My wife,dog and I are headed cross country and needed to charge the Tesla. We were forced to stop at a tiny town called Tucamcari and weren't expecting to find any place decent to eat. Wow! Were...we wrong or what?? This little hole in the wall of a place serves up some of the best BBQ we have ever had. And remember we just drove through Texas, Mississippi And Alabama. We've been trying the BBQ at ask the right places but none of it comes close to being a good a what we had today. We had Brisket, Sausage and Ribs. They were out of the Turkey which I was told was one of their specialities. All of our was great but the Brisket was the winner in our opinion. Actually, the people who with there were the winners. They were so nice. When I asked if there was a place on the check to include a tip the reassures said, " we usually just tell people to let others know how our food is. We left a tip anyways. The food is served up right in the back of what I'd call the General Store. Just like in the old movies. If you are driving thru or pay Tucamcari, give this place a try.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Stella Watson, General Manager at Watson's Bbq, responded to this reviewResponded 23 December 2023

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Reviewed 16 November 2023

This spot for lunch was fantastic. BBQ was great and staff was extremely friendly. Very much worth a trip.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Stella Watson, General Manager at Watson's Bbq, responded to this reviewResponded 3 January 2024

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Reviewed 12 November 2023 via mobile

This is a tasty interesting place to eat. We are glad for the stop and something different. I had the turkey salad and enjoyed the cookie!

Date of visit: November 2023
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Stella Watson, General Manager at Watson's Bbq, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2023

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Reviewed 12 October 2023 via mobile

Small quirky business with big reputation for its BBQ. This is primarily a retail ranch supply store with an small eating area tucked into a corner of the building. You can order BBQ by meat, plate, eat in or take out. We tried the special...lunch of the day: a huge oven baked potato with cheese,butter, sour cream and topped with BBQ meat of our choice. The wife had brisket and I the pulled pork. The lunch specials come with a drink and a cookie. We’re both particular about our BBQ; our favorites are La Boucaniere in our home town of Lafayette LA and Duke’s Grill in Hanksville UT. Although we list Watson’s a notch below these two, considering the competition they are a highly recommended go to eatery. And, of course if you like to shop, this is a ranch supply store with a large inventory of clothing, jewelry, personal items, NM products, etc. Tucumcari Ranch and Supply is located just two blocks off Route 66.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Stella Watson, General Manager at Watson's Bbq, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2023

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Reviewed 13 September 2023

The ambience here is totally casual and the eclectic decor is part of the fun. Hospitality and food are A+++, as the owners are very much hands-on, know what they're doing, and take pride in providing the best possible dining experience. You will know your...business was appreciated!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Stella Watson, General Manager at Watson's Bbq, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2023

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Reviewed 7 September 2023 via mobile

This looked a little questionable when we pulled up. It's a farm supply/gift store with a great little restaurant in it. Amazing food! Good, friendly service. I'm so glad we stopped here on our cross country trip on I 40. It's 3 minutes from the...interstate.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Stella Watson, General Manager at Watson's Bbq, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2023

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Reviewed 24 August 2023

We visited here based on all the great reviews. The Brisket on a salad was very good and the owners attentive and down to earth.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Stella Watson, General Manager at Watson's Bbq, responded to this reviewResponded 27 August 2023

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Reviewed 5 July 2023

Went there for lunch - so good that went back for dinner! Best smoked Barbecue Turkey and Beef brisket.Baked beans were terrific! You must stop there. Great & friendly owners! They have a country store to shop in too!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Stella Watson, General Manager at Watson's Bbq, responded to this reviewResponded 7 July 2023

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Reviewed 22 June 2023

Quick summary: casual restaurant inside the Tucumcari Ranch Supply store. Really delish BBQ and sides. Reasonable prices for the quality. Friendly, professional service. We were on another road trip in the area, and especially timed our need for lunch to stop here. As before, I...had the pulled pork BBQ sandwich ($11.95, includes pickles, onions, chips, and a cookie.) My husband had the brisket BBQ plate, which includes two sides, bread, and a cookie. He chose the excellent potato salad and beans. All was tasty and fresh. Assortment of beverages available, including iced tea and lemonade. Tables are towards the back of the store. Country-ranch atmosphere. Friendly, professional service. Take time to browse the store for all kinds of items, practical (condiments, garden gloves, knives, tools, etc.) to fun stuff for gifts (clothing, jewelry, toiletries) with a nice assortment of made-in-New Mexico items. We'd be delighted to stop again when next in the area. 'Wish we had barbecue this good near where we live.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Stella Watson, General Manager at Watson's Bbq, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2023

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Reviewed 21 March 2023

We were feeling hungry getting close to Tucumcari, so we looked up places to eat and this well-reviewed restaurant popped up. We were so lucky to pull in just before they were closing for the day. The restaurant is actually in the back of an...old ranch supply store. We decided to go for one of the daily specials, a Po Boy with an open pita, chopped brisket, topped with onions and cole slaw. It was delicious. It came with a drink, chips, and a cookie. The Ranch Supply still has some items from the old store, but the place has remade itself into a overly decorated, miscellaneous boutique store. You are also asked to sign their register and their wall. The owners are extremely nice and conversational. They told us the story of the place. Will definitely come back when passing through again.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Stella Watson, General Manager at Watson's Bbq, responded to this reviewResponded 22 March 2023

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Reviewed 18 March 2023

Cute little store, lots of trinkets. It's very crowded with "stuff" so that can be overwhelming. Did not try the food- it was busy when we went.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Stella Watson, General Manager at Watson's Bbq, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2023

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Reviewed 7 February 2023 via mobile

These were the biggest ribs I have ever seen . I and my husband enjoyed this meal so much. The owners explained everything to us and were gracious and so much fun. The people inside made you feel welcome. If you do Route 66 this...is a must. You will not be sorry! Yum 😋More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Stella W, General Manager at Watson's Bbq, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2023

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Yes we are. We have 2 covered patios outside and tables in the front of the building which is also covered. Service dogs are welcome anywhere
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Our menu is posted on our website for Tucumcari Ranch Supply. We offer several specials which include your main entrée, a drink, chips and a dessert for $8.95/each. Our sandwich menu starts at $6.75 and goes up to $8.95... More
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Response from AmericanEagle1 | Reviewed this property |
No they don't serve alcohol but have tea, water and a great lemonade. The BBQ is great! Huge portions-we had to get to go boxes.
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Watson's Bbq is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5