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Brister's Smokehouse BBQ

1313 Cooktown Rd, Ruston, LA 71270-2101
+1 318-513-9966
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good23%
  • Average16%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“baked beans” (7 reviews)
“nachos” (6 reviews)
“sandwich” (7 reviews)
Open Now
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Hours
Barbecue, American
$$ - $$$
1313 Cooktown Rd, Ruston, LA 71270-2101
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been eating Brister's since it was Dowling's. Nothing changed but the name, at first. I dont know what's happened in the last 6 months but now the employees are rude, filthy restaurant, it tastes like cafeteria food now. I quit going altogether recently because...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank HonestRuston1978
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

When we looked at the menu and the price without surely it would be wonderful barbecue we were a little disappointed you can go to hot Rod’s and get more for your money and food taste just as great usually they’re out of at least...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank grammy61407
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

Consistently the best BBQ in Ruston. We only have a couple restaurants worth going to here, and Brister's is definitely one of them. The only problem is how crowded it gets during football season.

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Rachel E
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

I have never had microwave bbq in my life. This place served me a chopped beef sandwich that had been thrown in the microwave. Are you kidding me. The bun was like rubber and the brisket had zero taste no matter how much sauce i...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank charleshT7776PB
Reviewed July 3, 2018

Drive thru evidently does not mean you can order from the window. Whoever heard of such? Then inside is dirty--flies everywhere in the dining area, tabletops dirty, tables wobbly and trash on the floor. When I entered there was no one at the front. I...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank saspyles
Reviewed June 1, 2018 via mobile

A friend and I recently tried this place for take out lunch, I ordered the half plate nachos which were ok seeing as most of the chips were stale. Also when I got to looking I noticed burn hole in the foam container like it...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank I-DID-IT
Reviewed May 23, 2018

Bristers must have ben slammed last Saturday with multiple LA Tech graduation sessions, By the time we go there, after a morning graduation ceremony and packing our graduate up to move out, they were already out of key items like brisket, pulled pork, low on...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank raybyerley
Reviewed April 5, 2018

I purchased a five rib plate at Brister's. When I arrived to my house to sit down and eat my food I noticed that my ribs were burnt. I called Brister's and the young man that answered the phone put the manager on the phone....More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank angela65Ruston
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

The service was great and food is always delicious. If you like Big sandwich’s i would get the scatterload.!! Little bit of everything its very good

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank chrisandemily2016
Reviewed January 18, 2018 via mobile

We each had the chopped brisket sandwich with a side of potato salad. The brisket was cooked to perfection and the bun was soft and moist. I highly recommend this restaurant!

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank holcombv
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October 30, 2017|
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Response from Robert T | Reviewed this property |
You would have to be the only customers there, so no. The only way I can see it happening is circle around Brister’s on the right side a park in the street heading out.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1313 Cooktown Rd, Ruston, LA 71270-2101 (Formerly Dowling's Smokehouse BBQ)
  • Location: United States  >  Louisiana (LA)  >  Ruston
  • Phone Number: +1 318-513-9966
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