• Chad Olson

Texas BBQ comes to the Magic City

Daniel "Monty" Montgomery stands in front of his establishment; photo by Chad Olson

Unique restaurants in Minot can be hard to find, especially within walking distance of campus.

Located at 609 N. Broadway, Monty’s Heart of Texas Barbeque is new to the Magic City.

Daniel “Monty” Montgomery, owner of Monty’s Barbeque, hails from Goldthwaite, Texas. He first came to Minot while serving in the Air Force from 1986 to 1988 where he got his start cooking while on active duty specializing in food service. Monty returned to North Dakota back in 2008 to be closer to his children.

“I just like to cook, and barbeque is one thing that’s not here in Minot other than Dickie’s, and I have had this vision in my head before they even moved up here,” he said.

There has been no shortage of customers since opening.

Cody Jacobsen, a repeat Monty’s customer, said the brisket sandwich was phenomenal. “It’s some of the best barbeque in town,” he said.

Jack Stevick, another Monty's customer, said, "What we tried was absolutely excellent."

Making good barbeque takes hard work and dedication.

“If you try to rush it, you will mess it up, so you take your time,” Monty said.

It takes between twelve and eighteen hours to make a good brisket, so he gets very little sleep.

“A lot of the time I run on sweet tea, cigarettes, and adrenaline,” Monty said.

Monty’s has a full menu of barbeque, including smoked turkey, pulled pork, sausage, and beef brisket. He also features potato salad and baked beans.

Monty plans on cooking BBQ until he can't run the smokers because of cold weather, but will be in Minot for the long haul. Monty's is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. He is closed Saturday through Monday.

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