Israel “Pody” Campos feeds his contraption, “Lazy Susan,” a steady diet of mesquite but adds cherry, pecan, and oak “like they’re herbs.”
In particular he uses cherry to sweeten his ribs, which had a thick crust and great flavor, though they were a tad dry. The brisket, with a nice red smoke ring, could also have been a bit more moist, but a judicious squirt of the sauce helps out. We say judicious because this is a spicy brew, with visible chunks of ghost and habanero peppers. It’s one of the many touches that gives Pody’s a distinctively West Texas feel, along with the frontier lettering on the Western facade and the green chile–cheddar pozole, which is rich and delicious and must be tried.
Method: Mesquite; indirect-heat pit
Pitmaster: Israel "Pody" Campos
Pro-tip: Have a glass of iced tea or a fire extinguisher if you plan to try the sauce.
Address: 1330 S. Cedar, Pecos, TX, 79772
Hours: Mon-Wed 11-2:30 & 6-9, Fri 11-2:30
Phone: (432) 448-4635
Year Opened: 2011
Last updated: May 14, 2013
Israel “Pody” Campos used to live in Austin, where he worked for the Texas Municipal Police Association, training cops all over the state. When budget cuts forced the association to downsize a few years ago, he moved back home to Pecos and took up a job as the chief deputy of Reeves County. He also …
Israel “Pody” Campos needed a new direction in life. He had been training police recruits in Austin before being laid off. He then decided to move back home to Pecos, buy a laundromat, and convert it into a barbecue joint. Open for just six months, Pody’s is an impressive addition to the barbecue desert of …