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Brister's Smokehouse BBQ

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Certificate of Excellence2017 Winner


Barbecue, American
Lunch, Dinner
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible


BBQ Sandwich
A 1/4 lb. of meat piled high & served on your choice of a regular white bun, regular sourdough bun, whole wheat sourdough bun, or jalapeno cheese sourdough bun
Sandwich Combo Meal
Served on your choice of a regular white bun, regular sourdough bun, whole wheat sourdough bun, or jalapeno cheese sourdough bun with your choice of 1 regular side item & a 16 oz. drink
Substitute 1/4 of sausage as your side item for $2.15 extra
Sliced Ham
Sliced Turkey
Sliced Beef Brisket
Chopped Beef Brisket
Pulled Pork
Pulled Rib Meat (limited availability)
Pulled Chicken
Spicy Sausage
Hot Link
The Scatterload (world famous!)
The Scatterload is a very popular sandwich made of minced ham, turkey, hot link, sausage, brisket, & cheese all mixed together to make a delicious meal
per pound12.99
per half pound6.49
per quarter pound3.25
Meat & Cheese
(3) Rib Platter $9.69
(5) Rib Platter $12.69
Half Slab (5 Bones) $11.49
Full Slab (10 Bones) $22.49
Platters served with two sides & Texas toast. Our dry-rubbed St. Louis style pork ribs are slowly smoked for 3 hours
1/2 Chicken $6.69
Whole Chicken (2 Halves) $12.49
Smoked Chicken
Tender & juicy, smoke-cooked chicken
Loaded Smoked Potato $6.99
Plain Smoked Potato $4.99
Baked Potatoes
Our potatoes are slow smoked for several hours until tender & full of smoky flavor. Served with cheese, butter, sour cream, & chopped brisket, ham, turkey, or sausage
BBQ Nachos
Your choice of chopped brisket or chopped pulled pork on a bed of nacho chips topped with our own Dowling's hickory smoked cheddar cheese, baked beans, bbq sauce and finished with a dollop of sour cream!
Platters served with two sides & Texas Toast
Pulled Pork
Smoked for up to 14 hours. Approximately 1/2 pound of hand-pulled, tender & moist pork shoulder
Beef Brisket
Smoked for 14 hours or more. Approximately 1/2 pound of lean sliced beef brisket
Smoked Sausage
Approximately 1/2 pound of our delicious smoked spicy sausage
Smoked 1/2 Chicken Platter
Tender & juicy smoked half chicken
2 Meat Plate
Your choice of any 2 meats: ribs, pulled pork, sausage, beef brisket, chopped or sliced turkey, and chopped or sliced ham (double ribs are not allowed)
3 Meat Plate
Our "Smokehouse" Special. Your choice of any 3 meats: ribs, pulled pork, sausage, beef brisket, chopped or sliced turkey, and chopped or sliced ham (double or triple ribs are not allowed)
16 oz. tea or soft drink - $1.99, small water or ice - $0.35
Sweet or Un-Sweet Tea
Diet Coke
Dr. Pepper
Diet Dr. Pepper
Barq's Root Beer
4oz. $1.5
Pint $5.25
Meaty Baked Beans
4oz. $1.5
Pint $5.25
Classic Yellow Potato Salad
4oz. $1.5
Pint $5.25
Creamy Cole Slaw
Pint per bag1.5
Potato Chips
Spicy Sausage - Sliced (1/4 lb.)
Individual Ribs
Individual Sourdough Buns
for Each 2oz. Cup $0.35
Extra BBQ Sauce
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Reviewed 4 December 2018

I've been eating Brister's since it was Dowling's. Nothing changed but the name, at first. I dont know what's happened in the last 6 months but now the employees are rude, filthy restaurant, it tastes like cafeteria food now. I quit going altogether recently because...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank HonestRuston1978
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

When we looked at the menu and the price without surely it would be wonderful barbecue we were a little disappointed you can go to hot Rod’s and get more for your money and food taste just as great usually they’re out of at least...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank grammy61407
Reviewed 25 July 2018 via mobile

Consistently the best BBQ in Ruston. We only have a couple restaurants worth going to here, and Brister's is definitely one of them. The only problem is how crowded it gets during football season.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Rachel E
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

I have never had microwave bbq in my life. This place served me a chopped beef sandwich that had been thrown in the microwave. Are you kidding me. The bun was like rubber and the brisket had zero taste no matter how much sauce i...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank charleshT7776PB
Reviewed 4 July 2018

Drive thru evidently does not mean you can order from the window. Whoever heard of such? Then inside is dirty--flies everywhere in the dining area, tabletops dirty, tables wobbly and trash on the floor. When I entered there was no one at the front. I...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank saspyles
Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

A friend and I recently tried this place for take out lunch, I ordered the half plate nachos which were ok seeing as most of the chips were stale. Also when I got to looking I noticed burn hole in the foam container like it...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank I-DID-IT
Reviewed 24 May 2018

Bristers must have ben slammed last Saturday with multiple LA Tech graduation sessions, By the time we go there, after a morning graduation ceremony and packing our graduate up to move out, they were already out of key items like brisket, pulled pork, low on...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank raybyerley
Reviewed 6 April 2018

I purchased a five rib plate at Brister's. When I arrived to my house to sit down and eat my food I noticed that my ribs were burnt. I called Brister's and the young man that answered the phone put the manager on the phone....More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank angela65Ruston
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

The service was great and food is always delicious. If you like Big sandwich’s i would get the scatterload.!! Little bit of everything its very good

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank chrisandemily2016
Reviewed 18 January 2018 via mobile

We each had the chopped brisket sandwich with a side of potato salad. The brisket was cooked to perfection and the bun was soft and moist. I highly recommend this restaurant!

Date of visit: January 2018
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Response from Robert T | Reviewed this property |
You would have to be the only customers there, so no. The only way I can see it happening is circle around Brister’s on the right side a park in the street heading out.
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