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The Cattle Exchange

Much has changed in Texas barbecue in the eleven years since The Cattle Exchange was listed in the Top 50 BBQ joints by Texas Monthly back in 2003. Maybe they’ve slipped since then, or more likely, everyone else got that much better (remember that in 2003 Sonny Bryan’s was still considered great). Their current absence on the list also shows just how big Texas is. It may no longer be one of the fifty best in the state, but it’s the best option for brisket and ribs within a hundred miles.

City: Canadian


Method: mesquite in a gas-fired rotisserie

Pitmaster: Milton Cooke

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 2nd & Main St., Canadian, TX, 79014

Hours: M-Sat 11-9

Phone: (806) 323-6755

Website: www.cookya.com

Year Opened: 2001

Last updated: February 24, 2014


  • Uncle Bill

    Just curious, but it’s pretty obvious you didn’t like the BBQ here. What makes it a 3 on the TMBBQ scale? That seems extremely generous.

    • Daniel Vaughn

      There’s wasn’t anything really bad here, and I did like the ribs. In a city like Austin it wouldn’t have rated as high, but I took into account that it is truly the best barbecue in the Panhandle outside of Amarillo. compared to what I found in Perryton, Cattle Exchange might as well be Louie Mueller.

  • Reid Winger

    Just curious if you stopped at Ivy’s Hungry Cowboy in Spearman, Texas, while in the Panhandle?