Natty Flat Smoke House, Lipan, Texas


Natty Flat Smoke House, 19280 U.S. 281, Lipan, TX 76462

Brisket: A hair dry, needed sauce to get it down. The taste and smokiness was mediocre at best. It was very bland almost tasted boiled with no solid smoke ring. Very disappointing.
2 Stars

Good taste but lacks crunchy outer crust. The taste was good but I really like to get that cruch when I have a goos bite of sausage. Its not spicy but very flavorful.
3½ Stars

Very unique & cool
Very kid friendly
Lots of candy, cookies, ice cream, & fudge for sale Unique outhouse restrooms
4½ Stars

Ribs: Great rub and decent tenderness but a little too sticky to the bone. I was expecting more and that might have been the problem. Again, I wonder what their procedure with the ribs is and I wish I had taken a look at the smokehouse.
2½ Stars

Regular BBQ sauce : Regular bbq sauce was delicious, though I’m not a BBQ sauce lover. Natty Flat sold their sauce in mason jars and I would have bought some if I really liked sauce.
2½ Stars

Hot BBQ Sauce:  Sauce was subtle to be called hot, but who cares what it’s called if it’s good and this BBQ sauce is. Like I said previously I don’t like BBQ sauce much, especially very hot sauces but this hot bbq sauce was to my liking. Subtle when tasted with a subtle spark of heat a moment later that was tasty but hard to detect. I’d rename it tasty but Luke warm bbq sauce. I’d usually rather not use bbq sauce but brisket was dry enough to give it a shot & it was good. Condiments were available on a condiment bar and were fresh & plentiful.

Over All: All said and done, wonderfully fun atmosphere to eat at. I had my kids and they loved the old time feel and I enjoyed the quaintness. The three meats that I focused on overall disappointed. The BBQ sauces were some of the best I have had and I particularly liked the “hot” bbq sauce because of its taste and lack of heat. On any family roadtrip where Natty Flat crosses your path, I’d give it a shot. It’s a fun place to stop if your expectations aren’t too high.

BBQ Meats:  2½ of 5
Overall Experience:  4 of 5 possible stars = 3.5 Star Experience