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Holiday Gift Guide: Backroads Bakery Fried Pies Review & Giveaway



Today I am excited to tell you about what I believe to be a Texas treasure, Backroads Bakery Fried Pies. These are my absolute favorite fried pies and I've been a loyal customer for years. They make what may just be my favorite sweet treat ever, their delectable buttermilk fried pies. Why are they in my holiday guide? Well, for several reasons. I use them for stocking stuffers, I've given them as gifts, and they are great to have on hand when you have a house full of company to feed. Everyone likes them and they are just a great addition to the holidays.


Sarah Lively started making these wonderful fried pies in her own kitchen and the business grew from there. The story of Backroads Bakery really puts me in mind of the American dream. I love that she is still involved in the pie making process and that it is a family run business. When you buy pies from Backroads, you aren't buying from a huge corporation, but from a local Texas business. I am all for supporting small Texas business and this one produces a truly outstanding product. They don't even advertise, relying instead on customer word of mouth. That says a lot about a company, that they still do quite well without advertising.

Backroads Bakery fried pies have a shelf life of about ten days. They could extend this if they changed the dough recipe, but that is not going to happen. I like that these pies are preservative free and in my opinion the crust on the pies it what makes them so great! They are truly like no other pie I've ever eaten. The crust is not greasy like you find with other fried pies. The crust is a nice compliment to the sweet, rich filling in each pie.

You really need to try one for yourself! If you live in Texas, you can click here to see if there is a store carrying Backroads Bakery fried pies in your area. If not you can still check out their products page and have them shipped to you.

Best of all, I have a dozen of these fantastic fried pies to give to one luck reader. You will get your choice of one dozen pies and Backroads Bakery will ship them to your house. All you have to do to enter is visit their site and leave me a comment telling me something you learned or something you like about the company. This is mandatory for entry.

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Ramblings of a Texas Housewife Product Review and/or Giveaway Disclosure- I have received no compensation other than the offer of free product to review and/or giveaway. Any opinions expressed on Ramblings of a Texas Housewife are my own. My reviews are never reviewed or edited in any way by sponsors.


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194 comments:

Lynette said...

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i like that it is a family run business. and the pies are yummy.

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I'm a follower

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peg42 said...

I love your review on these pies. They really sound delicious. I learned that The company does no advertising and relies heavily on satisfied customers to help sales.
Thanks so much on this giveaway and Happy Holidays.

NL6369 said...

I love that this business was and still is a family owned business that started in a 12x 12 shed in a backyard. How great is that???

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mar said...

I learned and I like that both owners have over twenty years of restaurant experience!

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Amber said...

I wish they had more photos of their products an they misspelled fried as "fired" but otherwise the website is easy to navigate and user-friendly!
Thank you for the giveaway :)
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~ Cee ~ said...

I thought it was incredible that they worked out of a storage shed 12x12 to begin with -- that's dedication to your business! :)
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metalmomma said...

I learned that it is a family owned and run business that doesn't use advertising to gain customers. It's mostly all word of mouth.

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

Orders must be made in multiples of 12 pies, but you can mix and match the flavors to suit your desires. For example: 3 Apple, 3 Apricot, 3 Cherry, & 3 Buttermilk, or any other combination that totals 12. Pies are shipped on the Monday after the order is received

Pat said...

Since taking over the business, Bill has computerized the tracking of the various flavors of pies sold in individual stores.
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ezmerelda said...

These look even better than my grandmother's. I'd love to have cherry.

Kiara said...

I learned that they are a family run business.
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kayte71 said...

I learned that they sell Fried Buttermilk Pie and Fried Apricot pie! You don't usually hear of those flavors very often.
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i subscribed


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no advertising -- everything is word of mouth.



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Anonymous said...

The pies have a 10-day shelf life. By altering the dough recipe they could prolong that, but that's out of the question! Cool,fine withme,writer61@yahoo.com

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I like they are a family run and family friendly business. :)

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allancarol said...

i learned that you are in Texas witch is the state I am from and grew up eating fried pies.
GOD BLESS TEXAS

COLLEEN.MALDONADO said...

I learned that they are a family owned business. Makes me miss my home state of Texas.

sue14625 said...

Love the name of this Bakery being a country girl myself lived on a back road. I like they are family owned sadly they are not in my area but i like i can order Happy Holidays all

Madam Pince said...

I really like the fact that this family-run business refuses to alter their dough recipe to add preservatives -- I'm trying to eliminate them from my diet!

Tracey said...

I like that the business is family owned and operated.
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vrtish55 said...

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vrtish55 said...

Bill and Carol Reed of Gordon, TX owns the business now, but Sarah(the original) still works side-by-side making the pies.

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mogrill said...

No advertising. All word of mouth. Thanks for the chance.
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rondadoug said...

I learned what a fried pie is &
Orders must be made in multiples of 12 pies, but you can mix and match the flavors.

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cmcathiem02@gmail.com said...

I would not worry about a ten day shelf life for these pies. I would give them 48 hours tops at my house. A great family business that shows their love in the pie.

Anonymous said...

Well the business is ran by one big happy family. It sets a great example. Enter me please. Thanks.

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oldmanoldlady said...

I learned they accept pay-pal woohoo excellent.
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GANDORF57 said...

I learned that this business was started in a 12x12 shed in a backyard...what a coincidence, so was I!!!

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Leslie said...

I love that they have fried cherry pies, which are my favorite!

Dawn Richards said...

As a baker myself, I love that the company is family run! The cherry pie sounds yummy!

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clynsg said...

Since the new owners took over, the output has increased from 4000 pies/week to 6000 pies/week.

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Sue E said...

I learned that Backroads Bakery sells to 80 convenience stores within a 125 mile radius of their home in Gordon, TX. I live in TX, but unfortunately I am no where near Gordon or the sales area. Thanks for the chance to win!

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llinda29 said...

I like the homemade look of the site

maxfate said...

Sarah, the originator of Backroads Bakery,decided in 2009 that she wanted out of the management of the business back to what she loved, the baking.She still works side by side with the new owners.


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bison61 said...

Bill has increased the delivery of the most popular pies to about 6,000 per week, up from the previous 4,000. Bill is actively involved in pursuing growth opportunities for the bakery

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Jeni said...

they started in a 12x 12 shed

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jsc123 said...

I love the fact that Backroads Bakery is a small family oriented company that is not willing to add preservatives to prolong the shelf life of their products.
They in my opinion are more concerned with quality that quantity. And that means a lot to me.

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Kimberly L said...

I learned that The pies have a 10-day shelf life. By altering the dough recipe they could prolong that, but that's out of the question. ''We don't want to add any preservatives like the other guys,'

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Susan said...

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Susan said...

I like that Backroads Bakery has stayed with their recipe to make a product that people enjoy.

I also like that they are located near where I live so when I venture out west I can snap up some really fresh ones!

julis55 said...

I learned that it is a family owned and run business that doesn't use advertising to gain customers. It's mostly all word of mouth.

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I love that they're a family run business, even when switching owners. I love buttermilk pie, and I've never seen it sold up here. I'll definitely have to order some of these!

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mindy said...

that it is a family run business thanks minsthins at optonline dot net

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circargus said...

They must be doing something right, they sell over 4,000 pies each week!

demmi said...

they made up to 4,000 fried pies each week thats a lot of pies
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Heather said...

I like that they are a family-owned business that make a delicious product!

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Katrina said...

I like that they don't advertise, and that they are a family run company. =)

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throuthehaze said...

I love that they have a fried apricot pie...I have never had that before.
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ricgln6 said...

I like the Fried Cherry Pies.

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Missybeez said...

I like The Fact That They have over 20 years in the restaurant business.


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maryelisabeth said...

I learned this is a family owned business ...which usually means yummy products

kathy55439 said...

Family Owned Bussiness in the Great State of TX The pies sound very yummy

erin m. said...

I learned they are located in Texas! hmm...lucky you, close to home.
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karen said...

As a goodwill gesture, Sarah Lively baked pies for friends who wanted a novelty item to sell in their hotel and country store.

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TXsunlover said...

Delivery has increased to 6,000 pies per week....that's a lot of yummy pies!
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erma said...

I like the review on these pies.
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Tracey said...

I love buttermilk pie and would LOVE to try it fried!!
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Molly C. said...

I see that they sell about 6 thousand pies a week.

Meet the Browns said...

I like that they ship all their orders on Mondays so the pies won't be sitting in warehouses over the weekend!

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The pies have a 10-day shelf life. By altering the dough recipe they could prolong that, but that's out of the question.
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I like that they are family owned. =)

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Anne J said...

I learned they sell 4 different types of pies, apple, buttermilk, apricot, cherry

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Colengal said...

i really enjoyed reading thier story. True family spirit behind the pies. I learned that Bill has computerized the tracking of the various flavors of pies sold in individual stores. This has allowed him to increase the delivery of the most popular pies to about 6,000 per week, up from the previous 4,000.

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I learned that they sell about 6 thousand pies a week! Thanks!

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Renee G said...

I learned the pies have about a 10 day shelf life.
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jnmacdonald said...

I like that it's stayed a family business; from 1 family to the next.

Anonymous said...

I learned that with over 20 years in the restaurant business, Carol, and Bill, brought their own extensive family into the running of the bakery. I like that it is a family owned and run business.

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Lisa said...

I learned that the business was incorporated in 2004. Thanks!

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Carolsue said...

They make Fried Apple, Cherry, Buttermilk and Apricot -- and you can get them in any combination of 12 @$1.79 each. I have never heard of Fried Pies, or Buttermilk pie! I'd sure like to sample some!
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I like that the company doesn't add any preservatives to their pies to extend the shelf life.

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I like that Bill since taking the Business has computerized the tracking of the various flavors of pies sold in individual stores thus increasing the delivery.
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I learned that you must order in multiples of 12 but you can mix and match the pies

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intime said...

Its interesting that they were working from a 12-by-12 storage shed in her backyard intime@myself.com

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Audrey said...

I read that the business started in a 12x12 building. It's great that you can mix an order as long as you order a dozen. Thankyou :)

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I like that it is a family business

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SeahorseLady said...

I learned that with over 20 years in the restaurant business, Carol, and Bill, assumed the ownership of this family-oriented bakery.

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Deborah said...

I like that it's a family owned and operated business, and that the original piemaker is still there, doing what she loves best: making pies. asthenight at gmail dot com

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It started out with one woman baking pies for friends and loved ones in her own kitchen.


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80 convenience stores in a 125-mile radius of this small town sell these pies!

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Sarah Lively baked pies for friends who wanted a novelty item to sell in their hotel and country store

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I couldn't believe that they started out in a small shed. Bravo to them for their success!
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I learned that: Pies are shipped on the Monday after the order is received.

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sherison said...

It's in TEXAS!

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Pamela S said...

The current owners just bought into the business in 2009. And they make fried apricot pies!! YUM!!!

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The company does no advertising and relies heavily on satisfied customers to help sales. That is the awesome fact that I learned!

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I learned that: Since taking over the business, Bill has computerized the tracking of the various flavors of pies sold in individual stores. This has allowed him to increase the delivery of the most popular pies to about 6,000 per week, up from the previous 4,000.

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I love that this business was and still is a family owned business.

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Atreau said...

I found out that orders must be made in multiples of 12 pies, but you can mix and match the flavors to suit your desires.

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I never heard of a fried pie but they sound delicious. I learned that they have a shelf life of ten days.
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i learned that they have fried cherry and apricot pies!

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Bill has computerized the tracking of the various flavors of pies sold in individual stores. This has allowed him to increase the delivery of the most popular pies to about 6,000 per week, up from the previous 4,000.