You Can’t Beat Our Meat!
Rib Hut has the greatest ribs in the world, according to Robert, 11. Although we haven’t had all the ribs in the world, we agree that they’re up there. It’s no surprise after learning about the smoking process that Rib Hut is such a firm believer in. They prep the meat to be in optimum condition for smoking, smoke the meats using a combination of pecan and mesquite wood for 8-12 hours, depending on the cut, and then carve the meats upon order to the customers’ specifications. Upon entering Rib Hut’s country-charmed ski chalet, you will be welcomed with the byproduct of this process: the mouthwatering BBQ smell.
But something that we noticed after looking through their menu and speaking with the owners is that Rib Hut is much more than just a BBQ restaurant — it’s a local southwest restaurant that also serves BBQ. When Rib Hut started in 1984, they focused on BBQ, but realized they could offer other popular southwest staples for customers looking for something beyond BBQ. To name a few of these southwest staples, they offer halfpound Black Angus burgers, 16-ounce steaks, loaded-to-the-gills spuds, smoked chicken, fried catfish, wings, jalapeño poppers, loaded nachos, veggie pitas, and more.
Despite the variety of options offered at Rib Hut, one thing is constant: their massive portions. Sandwiches come with one side of your choice with an option for another side for $1; BBQ plates come with your choice of two sides; and steaks come with your choice of three sides. If you’re like me, you may find it difficult to pick from their robust list of 13 sides, but no matter what you choose, you won’t be disappointed.
Needless to say, to-go boxes are not uncommon at Rib Hut, partially because of the amount of food and partially because people want to make sure they leave room for one of Rib Hut’s unbelievable desserts. They offer homemade cobblers that are truly a must-have, root beer floats, cheesecake, and a hot fudge brownie sundae that is lights-out.
Beyond Rib Hut’s delicious food, they also offer an impressively large beer selection that covers local craft beers, international favorites, and nearly everything in-between. At their East Side location, they offer a full bar on top of their beer selection, making it a local favorite watering hole for anyone wanting a drink to go with some great bar food.
It is also extremely easy for customers to get their Rib Hut fix — they offer online ordering, a call-ahead drive-through option at the East Side location, and even a text-toorder option that I must say is incredibly cool (and efficient!). They are also a local favorite catering option, serving anywhere from 20 to 1,500 people across private parties, corporate events, and weddings.
Rib Hut really does it all and does so with a passion for their local community, a smile on their faces, and an unrivaled standard for quality and service. If you’re in the mood for some truly exceptional southwest staples that appeal to the whole family, swing by one of their two locations (West and East sides) — you will not be disappointed and will likely find yourself with a new regular place to eat or drink.
Rib Hut West
(Across from UTEP)
2612 N. Mesa St., El Paso, TX 79902
Open Mon.–Sat. 11 a.m.–10 p.m., Sun. 12–9 p.m.
Rib Hut East
(Tierra Este Shopping Center)
12302 Bldg. J Montana Ave. Suite 901-903, El Paso, TX 79938
Open Sun. 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Mon.–Thurs. 11 a.m.– 10 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.–11 p.m.