Lew’s BBQ

107 Walton Dr.
College Station, TX 77840

Phone: (512) 925-6909
Hours: M-F 11-2
Website: www.bbqlew.com/Lews_BBQ/Welcome.html
Twitter: @LewsBBQ
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LewsBbqFoodTrailer

Opened 2012
Pitmaster Derek Barre
Method Oak in an indirect heat pit

TMBBQ Rating: 3.5

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Great place! Brisket was solid. Try the slaw and broccoli salad. When you order jalapeño sausage you expect heat, they have it. Definitely a top 50 in my book.
Shea Woodall @ Hashknife on the Chisholm, 2015-05-24 01:57:57
You have to know how it works to order. They will move you along. Good moist brisket. Nice and salty like the beans. Pork rib was good as well. Lacking some smoke.
Hank Mangum @ Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2015-05-24 00:32:42
I really enjoyed this place it reminds me of the 183 Flat Country Store, sausage was the best of ribs, and brisket.
@ TC’s Ponderosa, 2015-05-23 21:44:01
Love this place! Close to home and serves up quality meat with great smoke, flavor and ambience. Clean, organized and great Texas music to make you feel right at home.
Adam Murray @ Two Bros. BBQ Market, 2015-05-22 19:18:38
Lined up at 1230 and already sold or of everything but links... Maybe next time!
kyle craven @ Meshack’s Bar-B-Que Shack, 2015-05-21 17:32:20
I know these guys catch a lot of flack for "institutional" BBQ, but I always find their moist brisket consistently yummy and really like their spicy sausage. Good prices and always friendly employees, too!
Adam Murray @ Rudy’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-05-20 17:24:24
Chopped beef sandwich was below par and pork ribs were a 6.5 out of ten. Not sure how this one made the list
kyle craven @ Bartley’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-05-20 16:44:24
Asked for fatty brisket and found a few decent, moist pieces with good flavor, nice smoke ring and a well flavored bark. Most of it was just dry, though. Ribs were really dry and lacked any kind of flavor. Maybe I just caught them on a bad day...
Adam Murray @ Michna’s BBQ, 2015-05-19 18:43:10
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Review

Lew's BBQ trailer

January 21, 2014

Kyle Lewallen started his barbecue catering company while still a junior at Texas A&M. A few years later he bought a food trailer and parked it just a block away from campus. He couldn’t find cutting boards big enough for his catering operation or the trailer, so he started to fabricate them himself. That spawned a side business of Lew’s King Size Cutting Boards which started to take up more time than Kyle ever imagined. He needed a business partner to help run the barbecue trailer so he brought in pitmaster Derek Barre. Barre now runs the pits and Kyle spends his time making cutting boards.

Lew’s BBQ trailer opened in December 2012. About four months later was my first visit. Every day there are three smoked meat options, and every day ten percent of their profits go to a local charity. Sliced brisket isn’t always an option, and on this day the sliced beef was tri-tip. It was well seasoned, but terribly tough and in need of some serious fat trimming. Any of the meats can be served as tacos, and the chopped brisket was a good smoky filling. A smoked sausage from local Ruffino Meats was serviceable with too-subtle smoke and seasoning. It would be several months until I could get back in town to try the sliced brisket.

Lew's BBQ tri-tip

Tri-tip, chopped brisket, sausage

The brisket slices were worth the wait. The beef was moist, smoky, and well seasoned. Besides being tender to the point of falling apart, it was great. A crisp smoked chicken thigh was even better. The salty crunch of the skin was addictive and the moist meat beneath was incredible.

I was most curious about the barbacados that I’d seen advertised on their Twitter account. Barre takes halved avocados and smokes them before paring them with smoked meat, beans and sauce. Sadly, it was a Tuesday, and Barre explained that the avocados he purchases at the start of the week aren’t adequately ripe until Thursday when they go on the menu. With such thought put into delivering a great menu item, I wondered where that passion was in the baked beans and potato salad that tasted like doctored versions from a can.

Lew's BBQ chicken

Chicken thigh and brisket

Finally, I was in College Station on a Friday. I skipped over to Lew’s at noon and grabbed a barbacodo fresh off the pit. I actually had to wait about ten minutes for a new batch to finish up. The result was a good ripe avocado that was thoroughly warmed. The flesh took on smoke about as well as a stone. It might not have been smoky, but it sure was good, especially paired with the sliced brisket and new recipe for beans that included a bit of the refried variety into the mix.

Lew's BBQ barbacado

Barbacado and brisket

The avocado was amplified heavily by some stellar slices of smoked brisket. Getting a bite with a little of each ingredient in the bowl made for a memorable item, and has me targeting  return visit on a Thursday or Friday. The brisket was yielding but not over-tender. It had a beautiful bark and plenty of well rendered fat along each slice. With brisket like this, it makes me wonder if Barre needs to deal with that tri-tip any longer.

This latest visit wasn’t all rosy. The cole slaw was soupy and worse than the potato salad from the previous visit. The pork loin was so dry the slices looked shaggy. Each bite had me searching for the bold flavors of the brisket, but to no avail. For better or worse, the Ruffino’s sausage hadn’t changed much from the first visit. No matter, that brisket can make up for a lot.

Lew's BBQ Brisket

Sliced Brisket

After three visits over several months I’ve seen Barre’s cooking progress pretty significantly. I still prefer Fargo’s up the street in Bryan, but Lew’s is coming on strong in the B/CS area. With so few good choices for barbecue in College Station, Lew’s is likely the best in town.

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