Buc-ee’s: What’s the Deal?

People love Buc-ee’s! However, I had never experienced it myself. We finally decided to satisfy our curiosity during a recent road trip and made a pit stop in Leeds, Alabama.

So what IS Buc-ee’s? 

Buc-ee’s is a chain of convenience stores that began in Texas in 1982. Like everything in Texas, this store is supersized! No longer limited to the Lone Star State, Buc-ee’s is now in 7 states with more to come.

Buc-ee's sign that says Order Here Hot Dogs, Chicken Tenders, Sandwiches, and Wraps

Buc-ee’s mascot is a beaver.

Old red truck with Buc'ces logo and stuff Buc-ee's the beavers.

This megastore is known for its clean restrooms and boasts an impressive selection of fresh food, snacks, drinks, and souvenirs.

Several sandwiches wrapped in foil and sausage on a stick

11 Reasons to Stop At Buc-ee’s

Check out these 11 reasons to include a stop at Buc-ee’s on your next cross-country adventure.

1. Gasoline. Of course, they have gasoline and lots of it! – There are too many gas pumps to count!

Line of gas pumps
Leeds, Alabama 35094

2. Clean Restrooms. Sometimes, finding a decent place to go to the bathroom on a road trip is hard. Buc-ee’s has you covered. Even if you’re only stopping for gas and a pit stop, stopping here is worth it.

Restrooms are also large, and there is plenty of privacy.

4 wooden bathroom doors surrounded by tile.

3. Roasted Nuts. It’s hard to beat the smell of roasted nuts.

Pecans, almonds, and cashews wrapped in paper in Buc-ee's

Pecans, cashews, and almonds are coated right before your eyes with a sweet cinnamon glaze. These were a favorite with my family.

Almonds being coated with sugar coating

4. Beaver Nuggets. Perhaps their most well-known snack is the beaver nuggets. But what exactly are beaver nuggets?

Packages of Buc-ee's Beaver Nuggets

It’s hard to describe. Beaver nuggets are crunchy, sweet, and more dense than popcorn.

Close up view of Buc-ee's Beaver Nuggets

There are several flavor options.

Packages of white cheddar, bold and spicey, cinnamon Buc-ee's beaver nuggets

5. Desserts. You’ll find plenty of baked goods and sweets at Buc-ee’s. Satisfy that sweet tooth with cookies, pastries, muffins, and fudge.

Case with several types of fudge

6. Smoked Meats. If you are a BBQ fan, try the BBQ. Choose from brisket, pulled pork, turkey, or sausage.

Buc-ee's mployee in orange hat chopping bbq

We tried the brisket. It was delicious! Both regular and extra-large sizes are available.

Close up of buns with bbq

7. Endless Packaged Snacks. From candy to nuts, the walls are covered with tasty treats!

Packages of candy hanging on a wall in Buc-ee's

It’s easy to find something you like. It is hard, however, to narrow down the choices.

Packages of gummies hanging on the wall

8. Flavored Beef Jerky. This mega c-store has jerky at the counter or in a package.

Case with several types of jerky

Traditional and unique flavors are available.

Packages of beef jerky hanging on the wall

9. Frozen Drinks. This C-store offers several flavors of ICEE at affordable prices.

3 ICEE machines with cups, straws, and lids

10. Fried Apple Pie. This sweet treat was a happy surprise. It was in a package when I picked it up, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Do yourself a favor and get this pie!

Close up view of fried pie coated with sugar.

11. Souvenirs & More. Whether you’re looking for Buc-ee’s merch, clothes, toys, or gifts, there is something for everyone!

Buc'ces retail area with shelves of toys in the foreground.

Of course, I had to pick up a Buc-ee’s tee shirt!

Buc'cee's T-shirt.
My New Buc-ee’s T-Shirt

So, does Buc-ee’s live up to the buzz? Yes. Fuel, good food, and clean restrooms. It’s a one-stop shop on a road trip. While I wouldn’t make a special trip to a Buc-ee’s, it is worth stopping if it’s on your route. It’s an enjoyable distraction on a long road trip. 

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