Our Story

 

Who we are and how we got into the bbq game

Robin is the key to this whole story: she’s our slice of sunny Texas among the overcast Cumbrian fells. Born into a family of fierce barbeque enthusiasts in Taylor, Texas, smoke pits, BBQ competitions and rodeo shows filled her young life as a proud member of the Hurta clan.

With many members of this deeply Texan family holding the venerated title of ‘pitmaster’, the Hurtas have become synonymous with really good barbeque. Back in Texas, there is never an occasion, no matter how small, that isn’t celebrated with a proper Texan cookout. If there’s a birthday, graduation, or even just some extra fine weather, you’ll likely find a Hurta staying up through the night to tend to a smoker full of meat. Needless to say, everyone wants an invitation to a Hurta party.

Robin, above centre, enjoying a few minutes break with a few fellow lovers of barbeque

Robin, above centre, enjoying a few minutes break with a few fellow lovers of barbeque

 
 

Fast forward to 2013, Robin is living in the English Lake District with her Lancashire husband and their 3 children. During a trip to her homeland, she came to the realisation that her now rather English life could do with a bit more of a Texan flair. It was high time that she showed folks back home how to celebrate like a Hurta.

 
Robin’s dad aka Pappy (right) with some of his many BBQ competition trophies.

Robin’s dad aka Pappy (right) with some of his many BBQ competition trophies.

Teenage Robin (far right) celebrating with friends and family after the Dallas rodeo.

Teenage Robin (far right) celebrating with friends and family after the Dallas rodeo.

Pappy in his element: cooking for his family under the Texas sun.

Pappy in his element: cooking for his family under the Texas sun.


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At Pappy’s, family runs deep.

Pappy (Robin’s dad) and Michael (her husband) designed and built Robin’s first trailer-sized smoker - going all over the north west with their pit in tow.

The following year, Pappy passed away. At the root of it, this business has always been a celebration of his life and legacy. Pappy’s Texas BBQ is built upon the knowledge and traditions passed down to Robin and her family through generations of passionate pitmasters.


Where we are now…

Pappy’s quickly outgrew their trailer pit, moving into Kendal’s old smokehouse - once used to smoked ham and bacon in the 19th century. Now, this renovated space is kitted out with custom made, commercial sized pits that Michael, builder by trade, built and adapted himself. We supply wholesale meats to businesses all over the country and cater all kinds of events, in particular weddings, corporate and private events. In 2018, we began holding a number of pop-up restaurants in various locations around the South Lakes, discovering that the locals loved experiencing a slice of tasty Texas so close to home.

 
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