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Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue

Photograph by Daniel Vaughn

The Brother-in-Law, a sandwiched smorgasbord of chopped beef, butterflied hot links, and cheese, has a powerful (and well-deserved) reputation in East Texas, but order the old-fashioned hand-pulled-pork sandwich, filled with juicy shreds of perfectly smoked pork shoulder. Nick Pencis, the owner and pitmaster, follows a fifty-year-old smoking method—meats housed for sixteen hours in the pecan-fueled pit—to turn out some of the best barbecue in this neck of the Piney Woods.

City: Tyler


Method: Pecan; gas-fired smoker (ribs); indirect-heat pit (everything else)

Pitmaster: Nick Pencis (since 2006) and Jonathan Shaw (since 2009)

Pro-tip: Try a "breakfast bowl." Then go back to bed.

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 525 S. Beckham Ave., Tyler, TX, 75702

Hours: Breakfast Mon-€“Fri 7-€“10; lunch and dinner Mon-€“Sat 11-€“9

Phone: 903-593-0311

Website: www.stanleyspitbbq.com

Year Opened: 1959

Last updated: May 3, 2013