Thursday, February 11, 2010

Pappy's BBQ

1901 South Stockton Avenue

Monahans, TX 79756
Open M-F 11-9

Guest Contributor: CKey writes this review of Pappy's BBQ in Monahans, which made Texas Monthy's Top 50 in 2008.

On December 30, 2009, on the return leg of a Big Bend trip, we stopped in Monahan’s at the state park. "We" includes 11 people of our Scout troop, seven Scouts and four adult leaders. To fulfill the traditional last night out special dinner, with the BBQ Snobs suggestion and the Texas Monthly Top Fifty recommendation we planned our trip to include Pappy’s in Monahan’s.

We pulled into an empty parking lot that evening and walked into an empty dining room. No guests, no staff, had we entered the twilight zone? Slowly the staff began to filter out of the back and we started placing our orders, and returned to reality of Bar B Que. Between the eleven of us we got at least one of everything, Brisket, sausage, ribs and all the sides. All was excellent. Personally I chose the two meat plate and as I watched my brisket being sliced, I knew I was in for an extraordinary treat. The sausage just added to my expectation. I was the last to sit down and most of the talk around the table was about just how good the que was.

The brisket was tender and moist with an excellent smoky flavor. Sauce is on the side, not served with your meat, it is not needed, but if you are so inclined to try some it only enhances your experience. My sausage was just as good. One of my companions had the ribs. He was speechless while eating but once he finished there was no stopping his joy from his tender, succulent, smoky ribs. Before we finished eating the place did fill up.

Now we ate pretty darn good in camp but we pigged out on this meal so I am going to blame the bearing spinning and blowing my engine on the way back to camp on all that extra good que weight in my truck. The next morning I was talking to the park ranger and he explained that Pappy’s was a “…pretty new place for the locals and seemed kinda pricey (not to me) and that there was this place on the other side of the tracks...”. Oh well, maybe next time I get that way...

Rating ***

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Anonymous said...

Ive lived in Monahans for over 20 years...The Food at Pappys is disgusting...Ive tried several times and the last time the Brisket was so tough you couldnt eat it, the ribs had a weird taste and tasted really old..its just a pitiful excuse for Texas BBQ

rcmoyers said...

WRONG!!! None better from east to west or north to south. Cross-country traveler knows!

Anonymous said...

We have stopped at this joint several times on our annual trip to the original Frank Tolbert Chili cookoff. It's hit or miss, but when it is ON' It is ON!. try the sausage. seems to be the most consistent. Ribs are usually good as well.


Anonymous said...

I've lived in Monahans for 49 yrs..I've had BBQ in every BBQ joint possible .....There 'sausage" is nothing more than a hot dog weiner ....they have no clue what a hot link is.....I have never had my meat weighed on a scale before putting it on my plate..I guess they don't want to give you to much....I find it insulting.....I have never had my sides "piled up "on my plate as your pictures show on this web site.....
I do eat there quite often ...other than the weighing of my food and the "sausage" being a joke the food is ok.....Don Phipps


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.