Vitek's Gut Pak in Waco, Texas

The Gut Pak

by Vitek's BBQ, Waco, TX

The famous Gut Pak is a Waco, Texas tradition. This dish, a Frito pie of sorts served with a massive helping of barbecue, baked beans, barbecue sauce, pickles, and more, makes up the most iconic dish in this central Texas college town.

Vitek's Gut Pak in Waco, Texas
Vitek's Gut Pak in Waco, Texas

The third-generation owners of Vitek's Market, an iconic Waco institution since 1915, introduced the now-famous Gut Pak in the 1980s. An instant hit with college students at nearby Baylor University (Sic'em Bears!), the Gut Pak is a HUGE portion of either brisket barbecue (the original Gut Pak) or pulled pork (the Pork Pak). There's also an option to order the Gut Pak served inside a baked potato called the Spud Pak. The base of your choice is served over Frito corn chips and topped with baked beans and barbecue sauce.

A Gut Pak is a super filling dish, but don't worry if you can't finish the whole thing. You can also order a half-sized Gut Pak.

The Gut Pak is more than just a meal, however. It also plays a big part in one of Baylor University's most cherished traditions: the Gut Pak Run. Each year the Freshman Class Council puts on the Gut Pak Run, a one-mile race to the "Gut Pak Shack", where students have to eat a Gut Pak and then run (or maybe roll) another mile back to campus.

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Vitek's Barbecue is open:

Tuesday - Thursday from 10:30am - 3:00pm
Friday and Saturday from 10:30am - 8:00pm
CLOSED on Sunday and Monday


You can find Viteks at 1600 Speight Ave, Waco, TX 76706, a bit south of the Baylor University campus.

Vitek's Barbecue, 1600 Speight Ave, Waco, TX
Vitek's Barbecue, 1600 Speight Ave, Waco, TX