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Mad Jack's

105 James Canyon Highway, Cloudcroft, NM 88317
+1 575-682-7577
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  • Excellent80%
  • Very good13%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brisket” (72 reviews)
“potato salad” (25 reviews)
“cobbler” (12 reviews)
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
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105 James Canyon Highway, Cloudcroft, NM 88317
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hubby and I are BBQ experts having traveled the State of Texas visiting over 50 of the top ones. This joint rates in our Top 10! Mad Jack learned from the best in Texas but opened in NM. Great loss for Texas, but if you...More

Thank JFBHouston
Reviewed 3 September 2018

I got there around five o'clock on a Sunday afternoon and they were closed because they were sold out! They have a food truck around the corner that serves the same food. The only thing they had left was brisket and sausages. Cloudcroft is an...More

Thank David J
James J, Owner at Mad Jack's, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Thanks David for your review! Yes, we’re only open for lunch. We open at 11am and go until we run out. Everything is gone usually around 3-3:30. Then we clean and begin prepping for our night cook for the following day. It works well this...More

Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

I viewed the line of people from across the street and had to try it. I was not disappointed. The creamy potato salad was awesome, the sausage imported from Texas had great flavor, and my chopped brisket sandwich in Sourdough bread hit the spot. The...More

Thank Jav C
Reviewed 1 September 2018

I stopped at Mad Jack's outside food truck and had a fantastic brisket BBQ sandwich. I ate it at one of the outside picnic tables and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Highly recommended!

Thank Landon C
Reviewed 31 August 2018

I have been to James’ “barbecue joint” many times and it is always a treat. Attention to detail is important in the food service industry and James is nearly OCD about it; he even brings all his wood from Lockhart. His sides are outstanding; pinto...More

Thank Roger J
Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Great Texas BBQ in New Mexico. Be ready to stand in line but the food makes up for it. The pork belly special was really out of sight. Very good sides to go along with your BBQ.

Thank William B
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

The brisket, turkey, and sausage are must tries! Extraordinarily great flavor! Also try the sour cream potato salad. It's unique and delicious!

Thank Catherine K
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Mad Jack’s is quaint, the place matches the mountain atmosphere, the staff is super friendly, and the food delicious. After a bad dinner the night before somewhere else, this was the perfect way to begin our Cloudcroft visit. Have some ice cream for dessert.

Thank Javrun
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Excellent BBQ and equally good bread! The "truck" is the place to go if you just want a sandwich, as you can avoid the long long line of hopeful dinner diners.

Thank Purmamarca
Reviewed 2 August 2018

After reading all the previous reviews, our only concern was getting to Mad Jack's at the right time. After eating there, who cares? It is worth every minute if you have to wait. We cruised into Cloudcroft last Friday afternoon about 1:30 in a driving...More

Thank jackyctnm
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Don A
11 May 2016|
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Response from LynnA302 | Reviewed this property |
11AM until he runs out of food, which is usually mid-afternoon or even earlier. You need to get here at opening if you want food. Open Thursday-Sunday.
Don A
11 May 2016|
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Response from Cheryl B | Reviewed this property |
They vary with the season. They close at least one day during the week so it's best to call ahead for current hours. They don't sell leftovers so once they're out of food they close for the day so plan to go early.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 105 James Canyon Highway, Cloudcroft, NM 88317
  • Location: United States  >  New Mexico (NM)  >  Cloudcroft
  • Phone Number: +1 575-682-7577
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