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All reviews potato salad ribs pulled pork bread food truck great guy fantastic food covered area the real deal great lunch nothing fancy worth the wait big bend area after a long day ghost town sides meat
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Excellent BBQ, had the large sampler plate which fed two for dinner and took home enough for lunch the next day. Bartender/waiter very hospitable and helpful, a unique individual providing easy conversation and suggestions. Great selection of long neck bottled beer. Fun place, great food.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic bbq and great beer selection. We had a nice conversation with DB and his corgi puppy Mucho. DB told us how he started his restaurant as a food cart nearby and recently moved to this location and has just completed the covered patio. The...brisket, pulled pork and sides were all excellent. Service was friendly and fast. Oh and it’s cool inside (a/c). Nice clean restrooms are a bonus.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant is in the Ghost Town of Terlingua adjacent to Big Ben NP. DB is a great guy and has done a fantastic job of going from a food truck to this very nice barbecue joint. We talked with him for quite a while...and his history is very interesting. Great brisket.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 9, 2022

We tried the brisket and the ribs. Both seemed a bit dry - it was dry enough where I wondered if we had the end of the previous day's. Sauce was OK. Sides were good. Service was quick and friendly.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed August 1, 2022

The chopped brisket sandwich is to die for as it has the burnt ends included. Great view under the porch and fun Karaoke.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed July 20, 2022

The food is average at best. Went there a couple of times during my visit and they run out of some items earlier. Understandable with barbecue. Not many choices in Terlingua. My only issue is with the wannabe tough guy behind the counter with all...the tattoos and Kenny Rogers look. Dude a little help with the menu and courtesy goes a long way.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed May 23, 2022

Incredible amounts of high quality food. Ordered the plate with all 5 meats plus 3 sides. Wife and I split it and had enough to take back to our cabin and have another meal the next day. Delicious, fun atmosphere.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 9, 2022

We do a lot of traveling and are always trying to find good barbecue. We were passing by on the way to Big Bend and decided to grab some takeout to eat once we arrived in Big Bend. That was a mistake because my husband...and I thought the brisket was extremely good, and by then we were too far away to go back and get more! We ate it in March and haven’t had brisket since then because nothing else will be as good. Obviously we didn’t eat inside s I can’t tell you anything other than the food is a definite must have.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed April 29, 2022 via mobile

Stopped by to try the bbq and were not disappointed - we had brisket and slaw. Excellent, great flavor without the sauce- so the sauce just enhanced. Sauce wasn’t overly sweet, and you could get the vinegar undertones. Wonderful icehouse setup, so comfortable. Staff was...friendly and service was great.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 4, 2022

Too good! Everything was excellent. My son's favorite was the ribs and my favorite was the turkey and brisket. After a long day of hiking, this BBQ hit the spot. The place was busy, but service and food quality kept up with the pace. Live...music was great with D.B. Rouse. I highly recommend eating here.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 29, 2022 via mobile

Warm friendly greetings from the minute we walked in. It was Sunday afternoon so there was a good guitar player providing fun music! I even attempted a bit of line dancing to Achy, Breaky Heart.. We both had the two meat plate. Yes, they are...$26 each, but we felt very worth it. We each had three ribs, a huge serving of pulled pork, slaw, and beans. Needless to say, we have leftovers enough for two meals each. We don't stuff ourselves! Don was a delightful host. Doubtful we will ever revisit Terlingua, but would certainly return to the Rustic Iron BBQ if we did.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 9, 2022 via mobile

Ribs & brisket were excellent. Don personally talked with us on both our visits to make sure we were happy with our choices. We were so happy we went back the next day!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 7, 2022

Giving 3 stars rather than 2 because the staff was so friendly and efficient. However, the food left a lot to be desired. My wife had the brisket (3 slices) which, while tender, was very dry. BBQ sauce was a must to be able to...finish the meal. I had the ribs (3) which were average in flavor/tenderness but the third rib had very little meat. Beans and potato salad were very good. As another reviewer noted, the bread was just plain loaf bread which can be purchased at any grocery store. At $22+ per plate, we were sorely disappointed in the quality and quantity. Definitely NOT a good value and we would skip this place next time. We had a much better, less expensive meal at another establishment the night before.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 26, 2022

Stopped by for dinner on a Wednesday. Wife and I split the Marilyn plate. Sample of the 5 meats and 3 sides. Having grown up eating and cooking BBQ I do get pretty picky about BBQ. However, this place is spot on! Very impressed t=with...the brisket and pulled pork. The turkey is some one of the best we’ve had! The potato salad was a mustard base with a hint of sweetness, perfect. The plate was probably a bit much for the two of us, but we were able to make a great breakfast with it the next day. Highly recommend this place. Fantastic food and friendly/fast service!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed January 28, 2022 via mobile

Amazing bbq! We had the brisket and pulled pork. Both were great!!! Make sure and stop here when you are at Big Bend/Terlingua!

Date of visit: January 2022
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Yes Don’s schedule is effected by the number of folks in the area. We are just coming into season, so I expect he will be open significantly more.
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DB'S RUSTIC IRON BBQ, Terlingua - Restaurant Reviews, Photos & Phone Number - Tripadvisor

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DB's Rustic Iron BBQ is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5