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Pat Gee’s Barbecue

The hand-painted wooden sign reads “Pat’s Barbecue,” but everybody calls it Pat Gee’s after its late founder, Mack Henry “Pat” Gee, who opened this barbecue shack east of Tyler, deep in the piney woods, sometime around 1963.

Both the pork and beef sandwiches are stuffed generously. The sauce seems made for beef, and the fatty bits of brisket point carry the hickory smoke better than the pork. Both would be incomplete without the dill pickles and onion slices.

City: Tyler


Method: Hickory in an offset smoker

Pitmaster: Arthur Gee and Billy Walker Sr.

Price: $

Rating: ★★★

Address: 17547 County Road 26, Tyler, TX, 75707

Hours: F-€“Sun 11-€“7

Phone: 903-534-0265

Year Opened: 1963

Last updated: May 3, 2013


  • Nice piece Daniel

  • Jacob

    I’ve driven by that place 1000 times and never stopped.

  • Carolyn

    Hard working family and I consider Billy and his sons my family. Great people and good food.

  • David Scholl

    My dad took me here when I was about 10. I remember the elder Pat Gee taking my dads order and askin”you want some hot”… Meaning the hot bbq sauce, in a deep raspy voice
    It is still as good as it was 40 years ago!

  • Takolia Horton

    The line was so long one day that I had to stop! Best decision ever! The food is amazing and now a regular dining place for my family.

  • Sam

    I’ve been eating at Pat Gees’ for almost as long as it’s been open. Pat and Vida were the best. Their sons have continued the business and it’s still great food and great folks that run it.

  • Scott Ralls

    I have eaten there uncountable times since it opened and the memories are dear to my heart and stomach. Mrs. Gee…. Want some HOT on that. Even remember when it burnt down.

  • Kevin

    I love this bbq. This is the best bbq in the woods you can find along with great customer. Service.

  • Danette

    This place will forever hold special memories for me growing up in Chapel Hill. Thank you for continuing the legacy and looking forward to many more years.

  • James Thorn

    My dad first took me there in the late 70s and I have been going back everytime I visit Tyler. I remember in the mid 90s when I stopped by and loaded up on Que before heading to DFW for a flight to LAX. This was pretty 9-11 and it was a different time airline security wise. I was on SWA flight and my carry on was loaded with Pat’s awesome meats. You could smell it throughout the plane. At one point one of the passengers asked the flight attendants when the food was going to be served. In typical SWA style she spoke out that someone had played a cruel trick on everyone by bringing it on board where everyone could smell it. When the flight arrived in LA I took my bag out and the flight attendant knew that was the Que bag. She asked what BBQ place it was from and I proudly told her it was from Pat Gene’s. She said,”That famous little place in Tyler?”

  • Michael

    Great article and well deserved for the Gee family. My first visit was 40 years ago.We took an instant like to Vida and Pat. On our first family visit Vida asked my wife which of our two young children was her “knee baby” . My wife looked puzzled to which Vida explained that your “knee baby” is the next to youngest that sits on you knee while you nurse the youngest. Our family loved Pat and Vida and we continue enjoying Pat’s great BBQ with Arthur and Billy. I bicycle with friends in the surrounding county and we often end up at Pat Gee’s for lunch. Pat Gee’s -what a terrific East Texas institution!

  • Great east Texas BBQ. If your ever in the area and like BBQ ya need to stop in !!! Great folks also

  • Sandra Jiles

    I have always love the food always.Mr. Pat cooked me some meats I took over to have done We meet at his house.They were the Sweetest people ever.Very kind n friendly.

  • Dwain Rhone

    My daughter , son in law and myself went there Friday. Then we went to the red dirt festival Sat. Pat’s by far was the best.