Proudly Serving East Texas For Over 50 Years

Stanley’s is the oldest operating Mom & Pop BBQ Joint in Tyler, Texas serving up true, pit smoked BBQ for over 50 years. Come try our perfect brisket, baby back ribs, turkey, chicken, fresh made sausage, and even pulled pork. Stanley’s also serves tacos, stuffed potatoes, frito pies, specialty sandwiches and even has vegetarian items. We have a newly renovated, covered, & enclosed patio where you can enjoy great live music six nights a week. The patio is also now equipped with a full bar featuring Texas craft beers and over 70 American whiskeys, bourbons, and ryes! We take pride to produce all our barbecue and sides fresh each day, so we occasionally sell out due to heavy and unanticipated guest traffic. Call ahead if you want to make sure we have something you’re looking for!

Stanley’s has been family owned and operated since 1958.  The site where Stanley’s sits today, was a BBQ restaurant for two previous owners before being bought and renamed by J.D. Stanley in the late 50’s. The history of BBQ is long and strong in this spot.

In 2013, Nick & Jen expanded the joint’s cooking and seating capacity, introduced a full-service bar, and brought back weekly live music. “Mom & Pop” are proud of their “Little Engine That Could” and are honored, grateful, and proud to carry on a great Texas tradition! As always, they encourage all to:
“Be Kind and Have Fun!”

Nick & Jen Pencis took over the business in 2006 after the death of founder JD Stanley left his family unable to continue the operation. Nick & Jen have kept the spirit of JD’s recipes and methods alive, as well as adding their own flare to the joint. They have since been recognized by being named “One of the Best BBQ Joints in the World!” by Texas Monthly Magazine, finding their story published in David Gelin’s book “BBQ Joints: Stories and Secret Recipes from the Barbecue Belt”, and Daniel Vaughn’s “Prophets of Smoked Meat” published by Anthony Bourdain. Nick & Jen have tried to recruit the best staff to ensure the highest quality food and fun atmosphere.

Locally owned and operated, Stanley ' s is a true oasis of not only great bbq, but great music and a really cool atmosphere. There is no other place that even comes close to providing this experience in the Tyler area.

Brad D. New Orleans, LA

The bbq sauce is perfect, the meat is tender, and those ribs... Don't order the ribs. I'm worried that they will run out before I can order more.

Kara B. Dallas, TX

Top three best brisket sandwiches I've eaten in my travels around the country. The perfect blend of crisp outside and melt-in-your-mouth bits of fat combined with a great sauce for a near-religious experience in the disguise of a sandwich.

Steven B. Vestal, NY

My ribs were melting off the bone, straight up delicious. It didn't have a lot of seasoning on it, but just that great meatiness. It didn't need any frills. It was confident in itself and said, "Hey, what's up? Ready for a great experience?"

Yes, I am, Stanley's ribs. Yes, I am.

Rosy H. Dallas, TX