2321 Carlisle NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110
10136 Coors NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114
25 locations in Texas, and one each in Oklahoma and Colorado.
This is a chain started in Leon Springs, just north of San Antonio, Texas in the 1980’s. All the meat is smoked using oak and has a dry rub on it. They supply their own brand of barbeque “sause” in two strengths, Original and Sissy. The place is not fancy. They bill themselves as a meat store, not a restaurant. The line is frequently long but moves very quickly. Each cashier is backed up by a carver so orders are prepared quickly. They do sell sides in plastic containers, though we did not sample them. The meat comes wrapped in white butcher paper, all sliced, hot and ready to eat. The place has a room with picnic tables and plastic forks and napkins are available. The “sause” is on the table. The meat was quite lean, super tasty and very tender. In two visits, we had the ribs (a pound each), lean beef brisket, pork loin, and the jalapeño sausage. All were excellent with a great and definite smoky flavor. They also have chicken, turkey breast, baby back ribs, moist brisket, and regular sausage available. And they do make sandwiches. All orders come with bread (white or whole wheat), four slices per person. I can’t say a thing about the side orders or the desserts, though my son assures me they are good. I have not had better barbeque. I had a salad a lunch so I could have a “balanced diet” for the day. All meat for dinner. I got a bottle of water to go with it, though they also have bottles of soda and beer also. They do have a web site, www.rudys.com.
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