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Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q

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525 S Beckham Ave, Tyler, TX 75702
+1 903-593-0311
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07:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 07:00 - 10:00
Fri 11:00 - 00:00
Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not a romantic setting, but they did have a huge outdoor patio area, and the BBQ was amazing! Every bit as good as it was reported to be. We didn't stick around, but I assume that they have live music all weekend. There was a band gearing up to play while we ate, and it was in a Thursday Night.

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1 Thank Jennifer W
Nick P, Owner at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Jennifer, while you didn't get to stick around for the live music this visit, I'm glad you did get your fill of the BBQ and loved it. Thanks for taking the time to reach out here as well. Your support means a lot to us, and we hope to have you back again soon for some more delicious Texas BBQ.... More 

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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First visited when my son was in college in Tyler. This from a guy who never liked barbecue growing up... If he was suggesting it and describing the great food like a pro barbecue connoisseur we gad to give it a try. First of all parking can be a challenge and there will probably be a long line - but... More 

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Thank Heathhawks
Nick P, Owner at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Thanks for coming to check us out! We're glad we could turn your son into a BBQ lover, and it means the world to us he passed the word along. Though we tend to get a bit busy, and the parking situation isn't always ideal at the moment, I'm glad the food didn't fail to please, And I hope to... More 

Kingaroy, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you want great BBQ I would choose Stanley's. I wish I had time to try all there food but I could only try the Mother Clucker. Yum!!

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Thank 191victoria
Nick P, Owner at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Thanks for coming out. While it's a bummer you didn't get to try more this visit, there's always next time, and it's awesome to hear you tried the Mother Clucker -- it's our most popular sandwich. Hope to see you again. Cheers, Nick P. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is the best in East Texas. Their barbeque is amazing but the brisket is melt in your mouth good. Ohhh, and their bbq sauce will alert your tastebuds! Our family ♡ this place.

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Thank Theresa S
Nick P, Owner at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Thanks for the love, Theresa! It's awesome to know that you and the family are such fans, so thanks for the amazing shoutout. The best place in East Texas means a lot, and we can't wait to have you back for another delicious BBQ meal. Until next time, Cheers - Nick P. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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315 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

WHOA NELLIE!!!! I love this place!!! The interior is fun like ya stepped into someones ranch. The LIVE music was a show stopper! And then there's the BBQ. NO MY GA...!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved the tender juicey meat plate I chose!!! The baby back were OOOOO BABY! The Pulled pork was YUM YUMS. The beans, potatoe salad and slaw were all... More 

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Thank Rebecca C
Nick P, Owner at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Whoah Nellie, Rebecca, thanks for the love! I'm sure glad to hear you had such fun this visit and that you even made a point to try the BBQ. Hope to see you again soon for another unbelievable dining experience. Until next time, Cheers - Nick P. More 

Frankston, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ordered a Chopped brisket sandwich, clucking taco(chicken, guacamole, cabbage, cheese and sauce, sliced brisket sandwich and potato salad. Brisket is top five in Texas. up there close to Louie Miller's in Taylor. loved the chicken taco. parking can be crowded, plenty of room inside.

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Thank Jimmie A
Nick P, Owner at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Thank you, Jimmie! Though the parking area can get a bit crowded from time to time, we're glad you found a spot and had a chance to check out our chopped brisket and the clucking taco. It means a lot to hear you put our brisket in the top five in Texas, and we hope to have you back again.... More 

bullard
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A great place in Tyler to get a good Texas barbecue, usually busy so expect to wait. Sometimes live music , very popular among the locals

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Thank tommy75711
Nick P, Owner at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Tommy, thanks for the shoutout. We're grateful for your support, and we're glad you enjoy the BBQ and the music. We love to have a great time and share it with all, so we hope to see you again soon. Cheers, Nick P. More 

McKinleyville, California
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really good brisket pulled pork sandwich, ribs and fries. The fries were really crispy and well seasoned. The atmosphere was lively and comfortable.

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Thank H4664IQbarbara
Nick P, Owner at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Thanks for coming out to see what we're all about. I'm so glad you enjoyed everything from the flavor of the brisket to that of the fries, and I hope to have you back again for another delicious meal. Cheers, Nick P. More 

King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were visiting family in Tyler, TX and could not wait to return to Stanley's for barbecue. This is by far the best barbecue in the state of Texas. I always order the one meat (brisket- burnt ends) platter which comes with beans, potato salad, and cole slaw. The meat just melts in your mouth and is seasoned to perfection.... More 

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Thank baltjm
Nick P, Owner at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

Just another perk of visiting Tyler, right? Thanks for stopping back by to dine with us while you were in town visiting family. It's such a compliment to know you find our barbecue to be the best in the state, and we look forward to having you back again for another delicious meal. Cheers! -Nick P. More 

Tyler, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great ribs and more with live music all the time. Don"t ask me about the MOTHER CLUCKER, a chicken sandwich. With a fried egg on top, mucho good. You will not go wrong having lunch or dinner here. Fantastically delicious sausage.

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Thank garygarner2016
Nick P, Owner at Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, responded to this review

I'm grateful for the support. Thanks for coming by and for reaching out here. It's great to know you're such a fan of the ribs and live music! Good music pairs so well with good food, so we hope to see you again soon for another great time. Cheers, Nick P. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10
Cuisine
American, Barbecue
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Full Bar, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
Monday
07:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
07:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
07:00 - 10:00
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 525 S Beckham Ave, Tyler, TX 75702
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Tyler
  • Phone Number: +1 903-593-0311
Description
Stanley's is the oldest operating mom and pop BBQ joint in Tyler, serving up true, pit smoked BBQ for over 55 years. Come try our perfect brisket, baby back ribs, turkey, fresh sausage, and pulled pork in a fun and family friendly atmosphere! Stanley's offers some other selections such as fish tacos and even has vegetarian items. Also be sure to try our two most popular sandwiches - The Mother Clucker and Brother-in-law. We have a newly renovated, covered, and enclosed patio where you can catch live music 6 nights a week. The patio is also now equipped with a full-bar that features Texas spirits, draft beer, and a nice selection of over 70 bourbons. We take pride to produce all our barbecue and sides fresh each day, so we occasionally sell out due to heavy and unanticipated guest traffic. Call ahead if you want to make sure we have something you're looking for! We also offer catering services for your next event. See you soon! Be kind and have fun!

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