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American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible

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3.1 miles from Albuquerque Old Town
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Reviewed January 17, 2022

Sadly, the dining room here is closed. There is an outdoor patio, but the wind drove us (and everyone else who came by during the hour we were there) to eat in the car. Because BBQ can be messy, this requires a certain amount of...planning. For example, we ordered a small chopped brisket sandwich with sides of fried okra and collard greens. The sandwich was actually quite large and the brisket had good texture and flavor ... but it came heavily sauced. So, the roll quickly disintegrated. We had knives, forks and plates to hand, and they saved the day. The okra had spent way too much time in the deep fryer, but the collard greens were spot on-- slightly seasoned without a vinegary aftertaste. We also purchased a pound of rib tips that were also heavily sauced-- another messy dish requiring lots of wet wipes. They were well trimmed to eliminate most of the gristle, and there were several tips that had a lot of meat to offer, meat that again was moist and tender. So, not bad BBQ overall, and reasonably priced at $25.89. Ah, but best eaten on the patio, at the office, or at home. If you are going to eat in your car, plan ahead!More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed November 20, 2021

I've had a lot of Texas and KC style barbecue, North Carolina too. Mr. Powdrell's didn't reslly match any style I was familiar with. But it was still legit barbecue and still delicious. In fact. The change of pace was most welcome. I'd bump 'em...up to a full five stars if the sides were as good as the meat.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed November 14, 2020

I ordered a turkey today for Thankgiving. Rita, who answered the phone, was extremely kind and patient. I had her on the phone for a bit😁 To me customer service is just as important as the food. Otherwise I would just eat at home. So...thank you Rita. I know the food is delicious as I have eaten at the Central location in the past. My daughter thinks the potatoe salad is the best she has ever had, she is a culinary expert. My family is looking forward to a great meal on thanksgiving! Thank you for your many years of service to the community.More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed June 21, 2020 via mobile

Wow! I got together a takeout order for us and some neighbors - 9 entrees in all. They made 1 goof - potato salad instead of mashed potatoes but the person who ordered was fine with things and considering the size of the order, that...didn’t bother us. Everyone agreed that the food was great and asked when we were getting another order together. Between the group we had baby back ribs, pork ribs, BBQ pork, chicken, collard greens (maybe the best ever in my opinion), mac & cheese, BBQ beans, cole slaw, potato salad, fried okra (again, best I’ve had) and sweet potato pie. Zero complaints, lots of rave reviews. So glad we found this place.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed March 3, 2020

This place has been here for many years, but they keep it going with straight-up, down home goodness. They do quite a bit of takeout here, which is what I had, but everything is really good. It's in an old house located off of Fourth...Street near Montano Road. The place could use a little sprucing up, so that might bother a few people, but I didn't even care because the food is really good and it's just old school and it's a barbeque joint, like something you would happen upon in the deep South. It's definitely worth checking out and the food is really good and service is wonderful. Nice people here working hard to take care of you. Go check it out and support a local business.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed October 25, 2019

If your tastebuds are up for excellent Southern BBQ type food then Mr. Powdrell's is the place to go. My wife is from Tennessee and I'm from Louisiana and she says the collard greens and black eyed peas are the best she has ever eaten....Haven't gone thru the entire menu, but the meats are tender and full of flavor. The wait staff is "Southern" friendly and attentive. We will be back again soon. Powdrell's is much closer than a flight to Louisiana or Tennessee to get the same food.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed May 9, 2019

We stopped here for a dinner shortly after our arrival in Albuquerque. This is an older place, a second generation pitmaster now runs it. The Brisket was well done and tasty. The sides were well prepared and good tasting. Dessert - delicious. Stop here for...a good BBQ mealMore

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 18, 2019

The house that the restaurant is in was built in the 1800s by a Russian immigrant and is fascinating in its own right. The food was delicious. I had the brisket with green beans and fried okra sides. Absolutely fantastic.

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed February 15, 2019

I wanted to try something different than a chain, so I checked out this place while in Albuquerque. The Ribs were tasty, crunchy on the outside and flavorful on the inside. The sauce was tangy but the ribs weren't drenched in it. The Potato salad...was very good and the cowboy beans were good with a little spice. I was disappointed they didn't serve beer or any alcohol. Ribs with soda is just not as good.More

Date of visit: February 2019
Reviewed January 21, 2019

I really wanted to like this place especially after reading about the family history and their ties to Louisiana and East Texas; however, the food was not good. When you put the words "barbeque house" in the name of your restaurant, the meat has to...be the star of the show. Unfortunately, the only stars we had were the collard greens and cornbread cakes. The meat (pork and chicken) was bland and dry, and you could not pick up on any of the smoked flavor. Presentation was also poor, as the sandwiches were sloppily thrown together with no consistency to the meat servings - chopped bits and pieces, not slices or nicely pulled pieces. Other than a bottle of sauce on the table, there were no garnishes (or fixins') like onion, pickles, or peppers to be had. As previously mentioned, the highlights of the meal were the collard greens and cornbread cakes, but those are side dishes meant to complement the meat, not steal the show.More

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

This trip brought me and my students to Albuquerque, New Mexico. All games were cancelled so we had time to kill. Trip Advisor pointed out this establishment so, hey Keto plus hungry family equals, rib time. The establishment is at the corner and it looked...like it had a drive-thru so parking is at a premium. As you enter, that smoke smell hits you which triggers the salvation glands. The bathrooms are very clean and the dinning area is open. You go to the counter and place your order. The young ladies taking the order were pleasant yet missing customer service (cell phone withdraw) The brain said...ribs (insert Homer Simpson voice...mmmmm ribs). My son had the traditional deep fried corn dog, wife had a small pulled pork sandwich and of course it was ribs for me with collar greens. I hear the pulled pork and its sauce clashed in an epic way and the portion was awesome. The pulled pork had the right mix of sauce, marbeling and pork. The corn dog was....a frozen corn dog. Finally, due to Keto, the ribs were dry yet the establishment did have their sauce on the table in case you wanted more on them. The ribs could have been cut better yet the mesquite taste was awesome. The ribs were mainly clean of marbeling but a good amount was present to enhance the taste. As stated before, they could have been cut better yet they were meaty. The CHAMPION of the night..collard greens (insert George Takei voice...Oh my!) The greens were cooked to a crisp yet tender consistency. The taste of the pork surrounded each bite and the juice they sat in was special with an awesome spicy taste. Without a doubt, in highly recommend this BBQ place though it can't take on Texas BBQ it defended itself. The price was $43 for 5 ribs, corn dog, sandwich and 3 drinks. 2 thumbs up glad the snow made me do it!More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed November 21, 2018

I love this restaurant, You feel like you're visiting family - the atmosphere is simple yet warm and friendly. Food is wonderful - especially desserts! I always get a meal to go it's so good.

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

We usually go to another bbq place when we visit Alburquerque but saw the ratings on this place and decided to give it a try. My wife and I both like beef ribs. We stepped into the door and was quickly greeted by a very...happy and energetic young man. He promptly seated us, took our drink order and said said our server would be with us soon. A couple of minutes past and she came to our table. We asked her a few questions. She answered them and took our order. We both ordered the beef rib dinner. You get two beef ribs and two sides. About 10 minuets past & she came with our dinners. The ribs had plenty of meat on them. My first rib was ok, sort of tender and the taste was ok. Second rib was pretty dry. Wife’s first rib was tender & tasty. Brought the second rib home. The people were friendly and the store was clean.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Reviewed August 21, 2018

Really enjoyed our lunch today at Mr. Powdrell's. We had a table in the sunny former dining room of the classic brick house and ordered sandwiches--beef for me, pork for my husband--that were the tastiest we've had in a long time. They came with plenty...of tangy sauce and the meat was perfectly tender. The service was great, too. This will be a regular stop from now on in future trips to Albuquerque.More

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed August 6, 2018

best bbq in alb period. Been going here since 1989 and it never fails to satisfy. Great staff and service a real 505 jewel.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Yes, Mr. Powdrell's Barbeque House offers takeout services.

Mr. Powdrell's Barbeque House is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5