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Bob’s Bar-B-Que

The menu is simple, but it does include a few items of note. The spicy boudin was outstanding, with a casing taut and crisp enough to be eaten and a filling that was a good balance of savory, gamey, and spicy. You’d have to go to Louisiana to find better, but you could go a whole lot farther and still not turn up a better cobbler anywhere. We sat there for a long while, alternating bites between the pecan and peach, but a winner couldn’t be declared. Get them both—and some more to take home.

City: Henderson


Method: Hickory; indirect-heat pit

Pitmaster: Bob Allen

Pro-tip: Ask them to leave the fat on the brisket.

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 1205 Pope, Henderson, TX, 75652

Hours: Tue-€“Sat 10-€“7

Phone: 903-657-8301

Year Opened: 1980

Last updated: May 14, 2013


  • Man that kinda brisket is old school east TX. I grew up in Tyler and my grandparents live in Henderson. They love Bob’s because he serves his brisket dry with every single piece of fat cut off. All there friends love it b/c of that and they all get it and take it home. In the 70’s and 80’s there was a place called Sadler’s smokehouse….many ownership changes later its still there but not sure they even serve BBQ. They served brisket just like Bob does and everyone ate there….best thing in town. Completely dry BBQ brisket sandwiches devoid off any fat and the whole town used to eat there until they sold out and changed to a buffet. I grew up eating that kinda BBQ which is why I didn’t really get into BBQ until I moved to Fort Worth about 15 years ago. Drinking a glass of water to eat dry BBQ is not my thing. We eat at Bob’s everytime we go to Henderson but I always ask him for the fatty cuts too..not trimmed or you will get what you got in the box. Bob is 100% correct. What he serves is exactly what they want in Henderson.