Stanley's is the oldest operating Mom & Pop BBQ Joint in Tyler, Texas. Serving up true, pit smoked BBQ for over 50 years.
Established in 1959.
Stanley's has always been family owned and operated. 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.
Stanley's is the oldest operating mom and pop BBQ joint in Tyler, serving up true, pit smoked BBQ for over 50 years. Come try our perfect brisket, baby back ribs, turkey, fresh sausage, and pulled pork in a fun and family friendly atmosphere!
Stanley's offers some other selections such as fish tacos and even has vegetarian items. Also be sure to try our two most popular sandwiches - The Mother Clucker and Brother-in-law. We have a newly renovated, covered, and enclosed patio where you can catch a great touring band on Friday night. The patio is also now equipped with a full-bar that features Texas spirits, draft beer, and a nice selection of bourbons.
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! We also offer catering services for your next event. Be kind and have fun!
Meet the Owners
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.
In 2013, Nick & Jen expanded the joint's cooking and seating capacity, introduced a full-service bar with over 50 bottles of american bourbon whiskey and Texas craft beer, and feature 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!"