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Evie Mae’s Barbecue

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BBQ Snob Rating


  • Opened


  • Pitmaster

    Arnis Robbins

  • Method

    Oak and apple in an offset smoker

The best barbecue in Lubbock is in Wolfforth, Texas. That might be news to you even if you’re a student at Tech because Arnis and Mallory Robbins just opened their trailer doors three months ago. After a stint with a landscaping company in Tucson, they decided to come back to Texas with their young daughter Evie Mae to pursue a barbecue dream.

They didn’t make it easy on themselves. First, they’re cooking with all wood on the trailer-mounted reverse flow pit. Their other issue is visibility. The trailer is parked just west of Dowden Ave. on the south side of the Highway 82 access road. It sits in front of a bare bones strip center where garage doors  take the place of a glass storefront. They’ve added few picnic tables inside one of the units, which allowed me to get out of the rain on the day I visited. If you’re having trouble finding the place, you might just have to look for the smoke.

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The mix of oak and apple wood is different than the usual choice of hickory or mesquite in the area, but Robbins knows his way around a fire. Every meat on their menu was a shining example of smoke balance. It’s easy to tell it was cooked with wood, but not choked with smoke. The couple also understood that barbecue shouldn’t be rushed. My visit came just as they opened at 10:30. The pit wasn’t exactly shielded from the heavy wind and rain that he pelted the area all morning, and the smoker was running a little cold. The beef ribs weren’t done, and they still weren’t quite ready by the time I left. That they didn’t serve them was a testament to quality control.

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What I did order was plenty sufficient to get a grasp on the couple’s skill as cooks. A mound of pulled pork stayed juicy without the addition of sauce. Every serving is pulled off the whole shoulder as it’s ordered keeping each one moist. The smoky, peppery turkey breast was some of the finest I can remember, and the ribs were nearly equal. Lots of folks like some sugar on their pork ribs, but too many skew the balance toward something closer to dessert. These ribs had some sweet, a little spice and smoke, and enough black pepper to round it all out. This was the kind of rib I wish I could find at the judge’s table, and the tenderness was competition-worthy. When pitmasters talk about balancing out their “flavor profile,” this is what they mean.

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Homemade sides are simple, and sometimes too much so. Neither the slaw nor the potato salad were from a tub, but the recipes used seemed to use the big batch stuff as their target. They didn’t show off the personality of the place like the sweet and spicy beans that take a long bath in the smoker before being served.

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The rain was keeping some of the regular customers away so Arnis and Mallory stopped by the table to get our thoughts on the meal. They aim to please, and wanted to know where they might improve. I’d start with the seasoning on the brisket. It’s as juicy and tender as you could ask for, and the smokiness is spot on, but it was missing some pop that a little more salt and pepper could easily solve. That’s a minuscule problem to have on the best brisket I’ve had this side of Abilene. As for Mallory, there wasn’t anything she could do to improve on the desserts.

A homemade chocolate pecan pie didn’t skimp on the nuts, and you could almost describe the slice of cheesecake as light. It was about as good as dessert could get, but then Mallory noticed that we’d left something out of our tasting. The sausage in this part of Texas is generally of the grocery store variety, but the local Five Star Quality Meats makes fresh green chile links for Evie Mae’s. The links are smoky and juicy, with just enough spice.

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Evie Mae’s was an exciting discovery. It’s not often that I find a place this good with so few people talking about it (which is why I’m writing about it the day after my visit). If they keep smoking meat like this, things won’t stay quiet for long, and folks in Lubbock will soon demand they open up more than just three days a week. Barbecue like this shouldn’t be so scarce.

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  • Amazing amazing Amazimg!!!

    So glad you experienced this and are sharing it with the world! The two are indeed talented!

  • Glad to see qualify bbq in Lubbock, can’t wait to try this place.

  • Jason

    Glad to see Lubbock finally getting some BBQ love. Seems this area must finally be getting things figured out as far as BBQ goes. Daniel, do yourself a favor and check out The Shack next time you go through here.

  • David Neufeld

    I’ve eaten at a lot of BBQ joints across the country, and this is one of the best I’ve ever had. Combine that with the friendly service, and you have one great meal you’re sure to enjoy over and over again!

  • Charlie Pope

    I work with Mallory’s dad and he shared this post with me. He is very proud as a father should be. I own a stick burner myself and can’t wait to try this bbq and to meet Arnis and Mallory. Congrats you guys.

  • This is amazing!! I want to try this! 🙂

  • Jason

    Based off this review, I went for lunch today. The brisket was wonderful and the sausage had a great flavor. Glad to finally have a local place that produces and smokes their own sausage. Had a great peppery flavor.

  • Jason Bee

    Saw Daniel’s review, went today, was not disappointed. Would love to see them open more than three days a week.

  • Curtis Fish

    Great, no the best BBQ ever!!! Evie Mae’s Barbecue in Wolfford, TX. Chopped beef sandwich $8.00 but you have what looks like 1 pound of flavorful smoked beef piled high on you full size bun; chips and a drink and your not hungry the rest of the day.

  • Greg Jetton

    Went to Evie Mae’s last month while in Lubbock and, of the BBQ I’ve had there, this is certainly the best (with no close second). Mallory even took the time to thank us for coming in via Facebook. Will definitely be stopping back during my next trip.

  • jeff bockmon

    I had heard of that Five Star Quality Meats for a few months now but I kind of blew it off because nothing could be that good. Boy was I wrong! I bought a roast with sausage and cheese stuffed in the middle and it was wonderful. From there, I went back for some heavily aged steaks and they were even better. I don’t know what I’m going to try next but as soon as my check comes in, I will be waiting in line for something wonderful.

  • Vicki Fassauer

    Just was asking a coworker where a good barbecue place was in Lubbock! Now I know, just right down the road from me!!

  • I have a hankering….and the only thing that will satisfy is Evie Mae’s Barbecue…and more cowbell.

  • Patrick B.

    Well-deserved notoriety for truly outstanding BBQ (and service!). These guys do it right and we’re blessed to have them in Lubbock.

  • Terry M

    This is not the typical disappointment you often get in Lubbock; this BBQ is outstanding and the notoriety is well deserved.

  • Debbie H.

    Excellent food and service. Can’t wait for new building/location to open!

  • Mike Bickle

    Evie Mae’s is the best Barbecue is West Texas hands down. I’ve had Baebecue in St. Louis, Memphis and South Carlina. I eaten at just about every Barbecue joint in Texas too. Evie Mae’s is the best barbecue I’ve eaten and I’m reminded every time I eat.

    I do a lot of catering with them and my customers always rave about how good it is and where did it come from. Usually they’ll say it’s the best barbecue they’ve eaten as well. I’ve eaten at the Shack in Lubbock and while it’s good, it’s a distant second. No one else comes close to either of them.

    Kudos to Arnis and Mallory for making Wolfforth the king of West Texas barbecue.

  • DT Austin

    Evie Mae’s was a first time participant in the 2016 TM BBQ fest yesterday, so I sampled their brisket along side heavy hitters (Franklin, LA BBQ, Snows, Pecan Lodge) and it was at the same level for sure! Great texture, smoke ring and bark. I’ll make a point to swing by the next time I’m in the Lubbock area.

  • Ricky Branscum

    I heard about this place and I always try new BBQ to see if it is as good as mine lol. Well it was dang close !!!! We had Brisket, sausage,turkey, burnt ends , potato salad , smoked beans and cornbread ! Some iced tea and some coconut cream pie. Whew. Ok. Now my ratings. From 1-10. Sliced Brisket 9 smoked turkey 7.5 sausage 8 burnt ends 9 potato salad 7 smoked beans 6.5 cornbread 9 pie 7. tea 10. Atmosphere 7.5 friendly staff 8 I will be back it’s the best in Lubbock and really is worth the wait in line !!! If you have friends in town take them here it’s a very good place you won’t be disappointed. Some people were talking about the prices being high , well for smoked meat done right I feel the prices were right. This place is more than a good BBQ joint it’s a great experience !!!!