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The BBQ Shop

You can see New Mexico while standing in the gravel parking in front of The BBQ Shop on the east edge of Farwell. It’s not a place you just happen upon, unless you’re driving from Lubbock to Clovis, New Mexico. Chances are you’d be disappointed if you came here unplanned anyway. By the door, a bold sign with red letters explains it all. “Open Thursdays 7:00am until the food is gone! Cash or checks only.” Yes, that’s one day a week, and the barbecue is usually gone by noon. Call it the Snow’s BBQ of West Texas.

City: Farwell


Method: Live oak in a wood-fired rotisserie

Pitmaster: Kelly Mimms

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 1300 Avenue A, Farwell, TX, 79325

Hours: Thur 7am - Noon

Phone: (806) 481-2276

Website: www.thebbqshopfarwell.com

Year Opened: 2010

Last updated: May 11, 2015


  • Charles A. Tuppen

    You must be getting soft. A “4” for overcooked brisket, too sweet pork ribs, mediocre sides……Geesh….
    A 4 would put it in the top 50 TM, based simply on your review, there is not a chance it should be in the top 50.

    • A rating of 4 simply means it is eligible to be considered for the Top 50. We have far more than 50 joints with a rating of 4 or higher. Joints are also evaluated with geography in mind.

  • Mel

    Apparently the author arrived too early to adequately evaluate this outstanding bbq shop. The food is first rate ! The only problem is they sell out before the people from New Mexico can arrive for lunch since Texas time is one hour earlier!call on Wednesday to make your order in advance!

    • Mel, I liked the place hence the high rating. Most of the barbecue is very good, but I didn’t care for a few items.

  • Ethan

    I agree with your review, for the most part. Growing up in a part of Texas where you can get the best bbq in the world by driving a couple hours, I was skeptical when I moved to Clovis, and my skepticism was enhanced when I saw a sign with a pig on it. Finding out the owner wasn’t even Texan (he’s a New Mexican who prefers Texas’ business climate) sealed the deal. You see, I am a Texas BBQ purist- once you’ve had the best, it’s hard to go back. After a year or so with no bbq I got desperate and started trying the local joints. They weren’t just bad, they were terrible. I can’t even begin to tell you- who thinks this stuff is bbq? After moving to Farwell I finally synced my schedule to be able to get there before they ran out on a Thursday. The bbq shop is the best bbq for hours in any direction, especially westerly directions. It spanks the pants off everyone in the area. However, if it were located in central Texas it would not be able to maintain this reputation. Honestly, the best thing on the menu, in my opinion, is the macaroni & cheese casserole. In a true Texas BBQ joint, the brisket should be the main attraction. But the brisket is above average (to the airmen at Cannon Air Force Base it is still a local legend), and it is the best I’ve had in the panhandle. Also, the pig candy is life-changing. So, go expecting decent BBQ, but nowhere close to the best in Texas. Think, the best in New Mexico, and you won’t be disappointed. Probably not worth a road trip for unless you’re from a place without BBQ at all.