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Pioneer BBQ

There aren’t any canned items here. He’s even growing some of his own vegetables in a garden at his house a couple blocks away. A chunky potato salad was a classic and the cabbage cooked down with pork made it easy to eat something green. The beans couldn’t figure out if they wanted to be spicy or sweet, but there was no doubting the direction of the creamed corn. With the addition of poblanos and jalapeños it had a good kick with just enough cream to deaden the sting a bit. It was a stunner.

City: Nixon


Method: Post oak in an indirect heat pit

Pitmaster: Shawn Collins

Rating: ★★★

Address: 213 S Nixon Ave., Nixon, TX, 78140

Hours: M-F 10-7:30, Sat 10-6

Phone: (512) 781-3005

Website: www.pioneer-bbq.com

Year Opened: 2014

Last updated: April 21, 2015


  • Their BBQ is so good that the locals are buying BBQ from Smokin’ Down South. They drive 15 miles west of Nixon to pick up real Texas Style slow smoked BBQ! So they need to figure out what they are doing wrong, before they loose all of their local Customers…just saying.

    • Bobby jones

      Pretty sad trying to plug your restaurant on a competitors article.

  • Lisa Frey

    I haven’t tried one thing at Pioneer BBQ that I didn’t absolutely love! Their Chicken sandwich is amazing as is the ribs, sausage and beef. Love their home made sides too! Worth the trip to Nixon!

  • Stacy

    My family loves Pioneer BBQ!! We enjoy everything, especially the brisket and chopped brisket sandwiches, and my kids love both the banana pudding and the peach cobbler!!! Super yum and the staff is always great!

  • Travis Frey

    Sounds like Bryson has a full plate of jealousy with a side of immaturity. Love everything about Pioneer BBQ! Well worth the drive out to Nixon! Keep up the good work guys.

  • Cole Walling

    I’ve been a regular customer since there wasn’t anything more than a stand at the intersection in Gillet. I try to plan my drive so that I can stop by anytime I’m in the area. The Bohemeth sandwich is my personal favorite.

  • Bulldog

    I’m just going to say it. Bryon Hobbs, you’re a dirtbag. Learn to spell.

    And TM shouldn’t leave your shitty comment up on here.

  • Alan

    I’ve eaten good bbq at a ton of places but this one is a personal favorite. Collins & Powell make a great team and run a terrific place

  • Stacie

    Try their smoked peach cobbler; it is delicious!

  • Sarah

    I’m not typically fan of bbq sauce on anything, I prefer a dry rub any day, but Pioneer has caught my fancy with their chopped brisket sandwich! It’s delicious! I’d also like to state that I’ve never once been 15 miles west of nixon for bbq. Why when we’ve got this wonderful local business that deserves our local support?