Hard Eight BBQ

Row 1

1091 Glen Rose Rd (US Hwy 281)
Stephenville, TX 76401
(254) 968-5552
$ $
Mon–Thu: 10:30 AM–9:00 PM Fri–Sat: 10:30 AM–10:00 PM Sun: 10:30 AM–8:00 PM

There are three locations of the Hard Eight BBQ in Texas, but the first one was started in the little town of Stephenville in 2003. It's named for a small whitetail ranch in Brady, Texas, that the owners named “Hard-Eight Whitetail Ranch” after a huge 8-point buck that became its mascot (and well, because they like playing craps in Vegas). Outside in the vast parking lot, there's a huge woodpile that fuels the outdoor barbecue pit underneath the wood covering. You point, the pitmaster piles on juicy pork ribs and brisket, and you head in for sides, the best being the Hard 8 Beans (free!), cooked low and slow with enough whole jalapeños that every eight or so people could probably pick out their own. Pop open one of those peppers and shovel the spoonfuls in one after another. You'll be surrounded by locals, few BBQ tourists, and real folk with cowboy hats. — Arthur Bovino

Foursquare Tips

  • So good. Get ribs and chopped brisket
  • Tender brisket, excellent chicken poppers & yummy peach cobbler!!
  • Don't forget, the beer is free.
  • Ribs & sausage... FTW!!
  • If you're looking for banana pudding that will change your life, you must go to Hard 8. Also, get the small clear cup and you can get FREE beer!
  • EVERYTHING IS GREAT HERE! I just had the steak for the first time and I think it's better than most steakhouses!
  • Pork ribs!
  • The brisket was excellent
  • Everything!
  • Everything
  • Not a huge fan of their sauce because I like it to be less sweet and more tangy. But the pork ribs and chicken wraps were good!
  • Add the brisket to your bucket list. You're welcome.
  • Brisket was tasty
  • Love it! Chicken is great!
  • No more free beer as of last January. :(
  • Get the Pork Chop !
  • Get here early. It is 7:30pm & they are out of pork ribs, beef ribs & pork chops. #Lame
  • This place has Pretty good BBQ
  • If you don't like fat on your meat, request a lean chop.
  • Jalapeo cream corn is delicious!