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Guess Family Barbecue

City: Waco


Method: Post oak in an offset smoker

Pitmaster: Reid Guess and Cade Mercer

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 2803 Franklin Ave., Waco, TX, 76710

Hours: W-Sun 11-4

Phone: (979) 575-4243

Website: guessfamilybbq.com

Year Opened: 2017

Last updated: April 30, 2017


  • Kenneth Turbeville

    Absolutely the best BBQ anywhere. Not to mention the best family you will ever meet. Amazing.

  • Russ

    After eating at Guess BBQ for the first time, the money never entered my mind because my taste buds were in heaven. It truly is out of this world!

  • Kenneth

    Wow, $24/lb. is pretty high for brisket. That’s almost Lambertsian. I guess that’s why so many people smoke their own.

  • OMG! It looks perfect and makes me miss home. Can you beam me some BBQ to California, Reid?!?

    P.S. It’s JAYTON… not Jaden. Us Jayton Jaybirds are a proud bunch.

  • Don Alexander

    Decent ‘que in Waco? Well, its about damn time. I’ll give it a go…after payday.

  • Teri Jacobs

    Guess BBQ is meat cake and I mean that in the best possible way.

  • Donna Dobson

    We were there in February and it is the best BBQ I have ever tasted. I normally prefer pork to brisket, which can be dry, but the brisket here was incredibly moist and flavorful. The grits are over the top!

  • John

    Too expensive! They don’t have the overhead of an actual brick and mortar building. They can lower the price.

  • Jeff Stubbs

    The absolute best BBQ in the county. You can’t buy BBQ this good anywhere else locally. Well worth the money! We eat there on a regular basis and then take more BBQ home with us. The brisket is unbelievably delicious.
    – J. Stubbs

  • Ben W

    We ate there for the first time today. The brisket was on par with the best places in the state – Franklins, Killens, Pecan Lodge, etc. Ribs and house made sausage were excellent as well. Do yourself a favor & stop in if you’re anywhere near Waco. You’ll be glad you did!

  • Chuck

    We had 7 guys there on final stop of our 2-day BBQ tour. After 11 other joints, this was at the top of our list. Stood up with Franklin and Louie Mueller where we had been just hours before. Reid is doing it right!

  • Stickyfingers from CO

    “The kind Jesus ate”, indeed. Gave me a good chuckle. But you folks really do need to drop down on your knees and give thanks for the tastiest food produced by the hand of man. You don’t know how good you have it.

  • BRM

    I was lucky enough to try their special of beef cheeks a couple weeks ago and they were absolutely fantastic!! I’m from Louisiana and I will be back at Guess next time I’m in Waco.