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Embers Barbecue: Made with Real Texas Grit

• December 10, 2020

Barbecue is about enjoying time with friends, family, community, and real food made by real people. The best place to experience this is at Embers Barbecue. 


After starting in Levelland, the owner and pitmaster, Andrew Hill, decided there was only one place to set up shop and serve the people of West Texas – Downtown Lubbock. 


This area is such an icon in his mind that it seemed like the only logical place to craft delicious food. With so many collaborations going on in the art community, Andrew had to be a part of it and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else than the heart of downtown. He wanted to bring craft barbecue into the mix of the Downtown Lubbock culture and watch this area develop into a place that everyone can be proud to call their home. 


The food he creates is a craft, like any other artist in Downtown Lubbock, whether they’re a painter, sculptor, dancer, brewer, photographer, or chef. Downtown Lubbock is where the arts community is, and Downtown Lubbock is where Embers Barbecue belongs. This craft is as much of an art form as anything else in the Arts District. It starts at the store the moment Andrew picks out the cut of meat and see the potential of what he can create out of something so simple. The materials he uses are different than what you would typically find in the Arts District, but that doesn’t make his craft any less inspirational. 


Andrew said it best when he describes how the long hours of preparing and grilling all become worth it when he finally sees his customer’s face light up after they take their first bite. It’s all about cooking something delicious that will make someone’s day and keep them coming back for more. 


The art of real barbecue has been forgotten over the years, but Embers Barbecue is bringing back the tradition and the care that's put into every pound of their creations. The combination of great food and the Downtown Lubbock atmosphere makes you feel right at home. Eating at Embers Barbecue is about the food, but it’s also about the people and the experiences you have while you’re there.


Andrew says, “At the end of the day, everyone eats, so we might as well make it good.”


We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. 


If you want to experience real Texas barbecue, come downtown every Thursday and Saturday, starting at 11 a.m., and enjoy lunch at Embers. If you can't make it, for their pop-up tent at the First Friday Art Trail and Two Docs Brewery! 

Location: 1106 5th St, Lubbock, TX 79401 | Hours: Thursday & Saturday 11 AM - sellout