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Central Texas legendary Pit BBQ brisket now the rage in West Texas

Arnis Robbins at Evie Mae's Pit Barbecue
Thomas Wilmer

Evie Mae’s Pit Barbeque on the outskirts of Lubbock, Texas specializes in slow cooked Brisket. It used to be that the main place you’d find brisket was in Central Texas at legendary diners like Clem Mickeska’s in Temple and Belton, and Johnny’s in Salado. Out here in West Texas it’s been the capital of killer steaks, but the playing field is expanding and owner Arnis Robbins is leading the charge with delicious BBQ brisket. 

Evie Mae’s is only open three days a week and for three hours a day, that is unless they run out of grub sooner.

They haven’t been open that long, but the lines are most often out the door…and a bonus of a visit is that Arnis offers free beer to keep those waiting in line happy.

Join correspondent Tom Wilmer at Evie Mae’s for a chat with Arnis Robbins.

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Evie Mae's
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Not even 11am and the line's out the door at Evie Mae's Pit Barbecue
Arnis Robbins at Evie Mae's Pit Barbecue
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Arnis Robbins behind the line at Evie Mae's Pit Barbecue

Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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