So for summer vacation I loaded up the family truckster and took off from Allen, TX to Red River, NM. Now traveling 11 hours with a 3 year old is pretty much impossible so we decided to break up the drive with a stop in Amarillo, TX. Amarillo’s culinary claim to fame is the Big Texan Steakhouse (more on that later), but in the BBQ World it is Tyler’s BBQ. Tyler’s is easily found right off I-40 about 5 miles west of The Big Texan in an old Long John Silver’s Building.
According to TMBBQ, Tyler’s opened in 2010 by Pitmaster Tyler Frazer who cooks on Mesquite Wood. Walking into the restaurant took us straight to the back where we could order our food directly with Frazer.
It happened to be Texas BBQ week so they were running a special on the Texas Trinity (Brisket, Ribs and Sausage) so naturally I went with that with a side of beans and potato salad. The brisket and ribs were cooked perfectly and the rub and smoke were not overpowering the meat. While this was solid BBQ, it was nothing too exciting until we tried the sauce. Most BBQ purists think meat should stand on its own without sauce, and they are partially right in my opinion. The meat here does stand on its own but adding the sauce took it to another level. My wife, who, bless her heart eats more BBQ than she would like, couldn’t stop talking about how great the flavors mingled with the meat and I couldn’t agree more.
Chopped Beef Basket
Tyler’s has great BBQ and you should add it to the list of places to visit in Amarillo. Do like we did, Tyler’s for lunch, visit Palo Duro canyon (2nd largest US canyon) and head to the Big Texan for dinner.
Amarillo, Texas 79109
One Block South of I-40 at the Paramount/Julian Exit!
(806) 331-BBQ1 (2271)
Quick blurb on the Big Texan. It’s exactly what you think it is a tourist trap. Food is on the same level as an Outback Steakhouse, but worth a stop for the over the top Texas Themes.