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Pody’s BBQ

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.

City: Pecos

Cuisine:

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.

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 1330 S. Cedar, Pecos, TX, 79772

Hours: M-Thur 11-2:30 & 6-9, F 11-2:30

Phone: (432) 448-4635

Year Opened: 2011

Last updated: May 14, 2013

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