Cowboy Cuisine : Worth the Trip — Natty Flat Smokehouse

Pork ribs and sides at Natty Flat Smokehouse located at 19280 US-281, Lipan, TX 76462. (Photo by Steve Stevens)

By Steve Stevens

Just south of 20 on 281 in the small town of Lipan is Natty Flat Smokehouse. It is more of a miniature Old West town filled with a Texas Hill Country furniture store. It has a bakery, a barbecue shop and, believe it or not, the World’s Largest Rocking Chair.

This place is just fun cowboy stuff to do. As you adventure and shop around this Old West village, you can spend time hunting down all the vintage signs, antique tractor implements and other unique findings in all of its nooks and crannies.
I had dinner at the Natty Flat Smokehouse on the way back to Weatherford after picking up some horse products in Stephenville. This little stretch of highway is really pretty with ranches and vistas.

As you enter the smokehouse, it is like walking into someone’s home from Little House on the Prairie. When you walk in, you can’t but feel at home in the rustic cabin dining room filled with dry goods like old-fashioned rock candy and suckers. The shelves are loaded with their own products, too.
I ordered the special of pork ribs with two sides. I got the Natty Flats barbecue beans and baked tater salad. The ribs fell off the bone, and the barbecue sauce was sweet and spicy.

The tater salad was yummy, but the star of the show for me was the Natty Flat barbecue beans. The beans were just delicious topped with some brisket bits and barbecue sauce. You could literally put this stuff on your old muck boots and it would taste great.

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Cabin dining room. (Photos by Steve Stevens)
Front of the smokehouse.
Menu sign.
Oversized rocking chair.
Sugar shack.
Weather rock.