Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson's BBQ

Tucumcari, New Mexico

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Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson’s BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico is an old-fashioned town and country store that’s home to the best barbecue in Tucumcari.

Tucumcari Ranch Supply opened at its current location in 1980. The souvenir shop, supply store, BBQ restaurant, and museum is owned by Jimmy and Stella Watson who have operated the multi-functional business for more than 40 years after gaining outright ownership in 1983.

Today the location carries a variety of hardware items, animal and pet foods, animal health products, western clothing and accessories, food products, souvenirs, gifts, and home decor. But, most Route 66 travelers come for the food.

Over the years the Watsons strived hard to make sure their business kept up with the times. The on-site barbecue restaurant is one way they’ve ensured that customers will keep on coming. Jimmy’s father originally served barbecue here in the late eighties. In 2008, they brought the food back in what turned out to be a very wise decision.

Watson’s BBQ has been met with numerous awards and accolades through the years. It was named one of the 50 best barbecue joints in America by Yelp in 2018. It was named the New Mexico representative on Thrillist’s list of Best Small-Town Restaurants in Every State. And Travel + Leisure magazine named it the 13th-best barbecue restaurant in the United States.

Route 66 travelers stopping in for lunch have their choice from a small but mighty menu of barbecue favorites. Choose from brisket (sliced or chopped), ham, smoked link sausage, pork spare ribs, pulled pork, or turkey as a plate or on a sandwich with sides like potato salad, coleslaw, pinto beans, mac and cheese, or chips. There are also some specialty items, like a smokehouse burger, a barbecue po-boy served in a pita, or an old-school frito pie.

Eat your meal in their small dining room or take it for the road!

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Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson's BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Store

Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson's BBQ

Address:
502 S Lake St, Tucumcari, NM 88401

Hours:
8:30am - 4:00pm (Monday-Saturday)

Cost:
$

Phone Number:
(575) 461-9620

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Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson's BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Store
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Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson's BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Store
Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson's BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Store
Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson's BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Store
Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson's BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Store
Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson's BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Store
Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson's BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Store
Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson's BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Store
Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson's BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Store
Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson's BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico Route 66 Restaurant and Store

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson’s BBQ in Tucumcari, New Mexico, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Parking is available along the side of the building.

Where to Stay Near Tucumcari Ranch Supply & Watson’s BBQ

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these Route 66 hotels in Tucumcari, New Mexico.

Blue Swallow Motel

With one of the most recognizable neon signs on Route 66, the Blue Swallow Motel is a must-add for your travel itinerary, whether you spend the night or not. The motel has been operating since 1939 and offers warm hospitality, comfy beds, a touch of nostalgia, and a convenient location near everything you’ll want to see in Tucumcari.

Motel Safari

Motel Safari is a classic 1959 Route 66 motor inn. Look for its historic camel sign, Googie architecture, mid-century modern decor, custom furniture, memorabilia, murals, and vintage billboard ads. The hotel also features modern amenities like flat screen TVs, free wi-fi, and “the best beds on the Mother Road.”

Roadrunner Lodge Motel

For a blast from the past, Roadrunner Lodge Motel is a restored 1960s Route 66 hotel with mid-century style and modern comforts. Rooms feature flat-screen satellite TVs, seating areas, and free toiletries. Select rooms play the motel’s private radio station with 1960s music and commercials and a fire pit outside allows visitors to relax and meet other travelers.

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