Inman’s Ranch House Bar-B-Q


Highway 281 & Sixth
Marble Falls, TX 78654
(830) 693-2711

In 1960 Lester Inman started selling barbecue at his Exxon station in Llano, Texas, developing a turkey sausage based on a recipe passed down by his wife’s grandmother. By 1964, he’d convinced his brother Francis to open up shop down the highway in Marble Falls. Inman’s Ranch House Bar-B-Q occupies the front half of a duplex; for years, Francis and his family lived in the back half. When Lester passed away in 1988, the family sold the Llano location and Francis’s son, Billy, came into the business. Billy Inman has run Inman’s Ranch House Bar-B-Q ever since, buying out his father’s share in 1999. Although the family no longer lives in the back half of the restaurant, the location is still the same. Billy, who still welcomes the help of his father, caters to regulars and passers-through, serving up fresh sausage and brisket cooked using direct heat from an oak fire. Like his uncle and father, Billy prides himself on making a quality product at prices working folks can afford. Available by the pound or by the plate, the meat at Inman’s is the result of hours of cooking during long days that often begin before sunrise and stretch well into the evening.

Date of interview:

March 2, 2007

Interviewer:

Melanie Haupt and Carly Kocurek

Photographer:

Carly Kocurek

Inman's Ranch House Bar-B-Q - Billy Inman - Texas - Southern BBQ Trail
Well, to me, if you use mesquite—you’ll see the people that cook with mesquite will have a fire pit out here to where they’re burning it. And then they shovel the coals in to cook with. The outside ring on a mesquite log smells like a creosote telephone pole burning to me. And that’s what they’re burning off out there in their pit. And then they shovel the coals in here. Well, by using oak wood I don’t have that and my fire, my wood, is directly under my meat.

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