Melt in Your Mouth Tenderness at Mr. D’s BBQ!

We purchased brisket and pulled pork. . . . melt in your mouth tenderness with both choices and a slightly sweet and slightly tangy balanced sauce. We want to try the ribs next.

Brisket and Pork bbq in pulled form with 4 slices of white bread in the background all in a white styrofoam container.Mr. D’s BBQ

390 Leary Rd., Texarkana, TX

I-30 West of Texarkana, exit 213, across the road from Love’s Truck Stop

Mr. D's BBQ stand. Red shed building with white awning. One person is at the walk up counter and another is waiting for his food.Venue: Roadside outdoor barbecue stand.

Atmosphere: Walk up to the order window and talk to the friendly person in the little building. We arrived about 1:00 p.m. on Christmas Eve and even though they were closed, he was willing to sell us some food. They were out of ribs but he fixed us up with a helpful attitude!

Food Fare: We purchased brisket and pulled pork. It was $18.00 for 1/2 pound of each with extra bbq sauce and 4 slices of thick white bread. Oh my, melt in your mouth tenderness with both choices and a slightly sweet and slightly tangy balanced sauce. Brisket and Pork bbq in pulled form with 4 slices of white bread in the background and 2 cups of bbq sauce in the mid-ground all in a white styrofoam container. A plastic fork is resting in the meat.Probably some of the best barbecued meats we’ve ever had. Checking out their FaceBook page, it looks like they also offer chicken quarters, and we know they offer ribs. Pete and I enjoyed both choices although his favorite was the brisket and mine was the pulled pork.

Recommendations: If you’re driving on I-30 around Texarkana, TX, plan to stop. You can get fuel at Love’s Truck Stop if you need it and then go across the road for bbq. It is a get it and go stand. We got ours and nibbled on it all afternoon while driving. You can choose to eat it as a meal or perpetual snack until it is gone.

Mr. D's BBQ banner on a fence, wood piled along base of fence, a smoker with smoke pouring out, and the side of the BBQ stand are in this picture. The house and trees are in the background.Service: Outstanding! There was one man ahead of us that stopped to get food. The server actually came out of the house to help both of us even though they were already closed. The man ahead of us had stopped once before and was back for his second visit!

Return Rating: Definitely! We want to try the ribs next.

Pablo’s BBQ & Mexican Food

We tried the ribs and both regular and spicy sausage. . . . the rum raisin ice cream . . . was sweet but not overly so and a nice treat on a hot day.

Pablo’s sign with a large replica of a double barrel shotgun on topPablo’s BBQ and Mexican Food

3900 US-69, Lufkin, TX

Pablo’s menu board Venue: Fast food BBQ and Mexican restaurant combination.

Atmosphere: Casual atmosphere with a prominent hunting theme. The double barrel shotgun on top of the restaurant sign, several Wall mounted deer head with antler rackmounted trophy heads, and the bathroom antler hook attest to the theme. Choose booth or table seating after ordering at the counter.Table and booth seating inside restaurant

Food Fare: Lots of BBQ and Mexican food choices. We tried the ribs and both regular and spicy sausage. Ribs in styrofoam container The ribs were tender and delicious. The spicy sausage was tasty even though it didn’t later agree with my husband’s innards. The regular sausage was good. Cut sausage and spicy sausage in styrofoam container We both enjoyed the rum raisin ice cream. It was sweet but not overly so and a nice treat on a hot day. We ate it first since we ordered carry out.Rum Raisin ice cream in a plastic cup

“Welcome To Pablo’s” entryway sign listing lunch specials.Recommendations: Check out the daily specials on both the entryway board and the menu board. Stop by if you find yourself in the area.

Service: We received friendly service, but we weren’t sure the waitress understood what we ordered. The order turned out fine though. Food counter with various sides displayed.It seemed to take awhile to receive the carry out order, but it was prime lunch time and the restaurant was busy.

“Pablo’s” name in letters on wall above wagon wheel. A lantern type light is on each side of the wagon wheel. Chest freezer with ice cream to the left. Return Rating: Probably not since the spicy sausage didn’t agree with my husband.Deer antler coat hook.

Soulman’s Bar-B-Que Since 1974

We enjoyed the ribs and brisket. Service was exceptional!

Rack of ribs on tin foil.

Soulman’s Bar-B-Que Since 1974

We were on an afternoon road trip to pick up a mama cat and her kitten, and saw Soulman’s Bar-B-Que. Father’s Day was coming up and it was a perfect “excuse” to try Soulman’s

Soulman’s sign with open hours: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.Venue: Texas Bar-B-Que Chain

Atmosphere: Casual drop in to eat or get it to go. Table or booth seating invites  you to linger with your companions and meal. Booth seating inside Soulman’s.We got ours to go. We left the truck running so the cats would have A/C while we quickly got our food.

Food Fare: We got a rack of ribs, brisket, bbq sauce, and an unsweetened tea. Brisket meat on tin foil with side of bbq sauce in styrofoam container.There were lots of food choices including potato salad, cole slaw, beans, fried okra, pulled pork, sausage, chicken, and lots of other stuff. You can choose a plate, family style, by the pound, or a sandwich. We enjoyed the ribs and brisket. Pete didn’t care for the fine cut of the brisket meat but I liked it. The bbq sauce was a touch sweet but with a tanginess to it. It was a nice balance of flavor. The ribs were delicious. You can check out the restaurant online at We didn’t buy dessert but I did drool over the choices: pecan pie, buttermilk pie and banana pudding. If you want to make your own instead of buy it, check out these recipes for chess pie and pecan pie. They are actually easy pies to make.

Soulman’s pig face with sunglasses logo on drink cup.Recommendations:  Give this bar-b-que a try when near one of their 20 Texas locations. We stopped at the Van, TX restaurant. You gotta love their logo cups and their mascot with sunglasses!

Service: We were impressed with the friendliness of their staff both behind the counter and on the dining floor. Service was exceptional! We were wished safe travels before we left by an employee in the dining area.

Food line forefront with menu boards in background inside Soulman’s.Return Rating: Definitely!

Road Trip for Ribs to Trinity, Texas

Easy to spot barbeque stand in Trinity, Texas offers food the proprietor can rightfully be proud of. Worth a road trip for the ribs!

The Best Bar-B-Que in Trinity Texas SignSammy’s Bar-B-Que     Trinity Texas

Venue: Side of the road Bar-B-Que stand that was easy to spot as we drove by (107 Calvin Street). There was a Resale Shop next door (don’t bother) separate from the food stand.

Atmosphere: Awning covered picnic tables with a small food trailer and a bar-b-que pit.

Food Fare: “The Best Bar-B-Que in Trinity TX” according to their sign (We agree). We tried the ribs and Boudin sausage and were very happy with them. Check out the size of the ribs in the picture – great tasting and easy to eat off the bone. Note: I am not usually an eat off the bone person, but I was with these! Sausage was delicious. We sampled potato salad and beans at the stand, and both were great tasting. The potato salad was some of the best we have ever had. The beans were exceptional. The proprietor was rightfully proud of his cooking.

bar-b-que ribs and boudin sausage in stryofoam carryout container

Recommendation: If you are in the area, it is definitely worth driving a little out of the way to enjoy this food.

Service: Friendly and welcoming.

Return Rating: Definitely!



Cruising by Crescent City, IL? Grab BBQ Ribs!

If you are cruising through Crescent City, IL be sure to get some ribs at Springcreek BBQ located at the corner of U.S. highway 24 and IL highway 49.


Springcreek BBQ TrailerExcellent ribs and mediocre brisket. We pulled up to this corner stand to see the proprietor and his son with their feet up watching a barbecuer. Sort of like watching water boil.

Picture of Springcreek BBQ father and son

When we walked up we were warmly greeted. I asked if the ribs were done. He advised he needed to put barbeque sauce on them and continue to cook them. I asked if he would sell us a slab as is knowing they weren’t “finished.” We got a slab of ribs with only a rub on it and some brisket. The brisket was nothing special but we compare it to what we get in Navasota, TX at Mallett Brothers Barbeque. The ribs were excellent. While not “finished,” the meat was done, tender, and tasty. If these half done ribs are an example of what he makes, I would like to try the completed ribs.

barbeque ribs on tin foil with knife and fork

We highly recommend stopping in. Skip the brisket, eat the ribs. This Barbeque Trailer is located in Crescent City, IL at the corner of U.S. highway 24 and IL highway 49.


BBQ trailer

Written by Pete Avery for Blog.