#137 of 160 Panama City Beach Restaurants

Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Que

Experience Authentic Texas Bar-B-Que in Panama City at Rudy's Country Store and Bar-B-Que
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Experience the authentic taste of real Texas Bar-B-Que right in Panama City by visiting Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Que. Be sure to visit the store to take home some of your own spices, sauces, or rubs, and don’t forget about the themed apparel. 

- The FloridaPanhandle.com Local Expert Team

Featuring only pits utilizing only 100% wood fired with oak for a slower burn, Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Que stand above its competitors. With locations now throughout the Southwest, including Panama City Beach, the original Rudy’s was founded in the 1800s by Max Aue, just north of San Antonio in the small community of Leon Springs in the form of a one-stop gas station, grocery store, and garage. Bar-B-Que was added to the mix in 1989. Since that time, Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Que has been serving up tasty food, built on the original recipes that were formed in Leon Springs all those many years ago. 

Along with the unique way that Rudy’s utilizes the slow-burning process of oak to fire their pits, they also utilize dry spices that ensure each plate is uniquely seasoned and especially delicious for all guests. Then, guests can add their signature sauces to complete their dish and ignite their taste buds in the process. 

A visit to Panama City’s Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Que location is more than just a source of an excellent meal, although it is that to be sure. You can also enjoy Rudy’s Country Store, though where you can purchase apparel, like Rudy’s themed caps, t-shirts, and aprons. You can also find unique gifts like Rudy’s cups for a cause or the limited edition Rudy’s Brisket Candle.  

In addition to gifts and apparel, many guests enjoy taking a little bit of Rudy’s back with them after visiting in the form of their original or sissy sauce, or their Rudy’s dry rub, or turkey rub. All these spices, rubs, and sauces, allowing you to take home the taste of Rudy’s and try it on your own dishes at home. In addition to all this, you can even purchase Rudy’s prepared meat that has been through the firing process, including the St. Louis Ribs, regular sausage and side, whole turkey breast and side, and the brisket and side for your at-home dining delight.  It’s worth noting that if you fall in love with these products and are too far away to visit in person, you can order online and have these delicious flavorful additions shipped right to your home. Yes, even the meat! 

When visiting this unique eatery with a shop of its own, its own line of sauces and rubs, and more, you are getting much more than a meal, you are coming for an experience. However, of course, the meal itself cannot be overlooked as it is simply amazing. Therefore, when visiting the Panama City Beach location of Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Que, you want to know what’s on the menu. 

When visiting Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Que, be sure to try…

The menu at Rudy’s features a customizable grouping of meats or sandwiches, sides, and desserts. You can mix and match your favorite options to form your ideal meal: 

  • Meat
    Of course, at any real Texas Bar-B-Que establishment meat is the centerpiece of the meal, and there are many options to choose from at Rudy’s, including brisket, moist brisket, spicy chop, regular sausage link, jalapeno sausage link, baby back ribs, pork ribs, pork loin, pulled pork, half chicken, turkey breast, and more. 
  • Sandwich
    If you would rather have your meat in a sandwich form, you will love the sandwich options including turkey, pork loin, spicy chop, brisket, sausage, two meat, and pulled pork. 
  • Sides
    Don’t forget to add a filling side to round out the meal. Choose from coleslaw, potato salad, green chile stew, new potatoes, three-bean salad, corn-on-the-cob, Rudy’s beans, cream corn, smoked potatoes, and more. 
  • Desserts
    Complete your meal with a delicious dessert to finish up your experience. Choose from chocolate pudding, banana pudding, pecan pie, buttermilk pie, rice krispie treat, or peach cobbler. 
  • Breakfast Taco
    Another interesting option you can choose from at Rudy’s is the breakfast taco including two, three, and four-item options, as well as a sausage wrap and breakfast bowl.  

Insider Tips:
-When ordering online, all meat items are shipped out Monday through Wednesday. 
-There is no shipping from the store available to P.O. Boxes. 
-If meat or side arrives frozen, it will take between one and two days to thaw