Texas is synonymous with the word barbecue. As popularity for the meaty dish grew, barbecue joints started popping up on every corner. However, several establishments have gone above and beyond when it comes to providing delicious meals for all. To help you along, check out this list of the 5 best places for barbecue is the lone star state.
1.Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que
The Wootan Family has been proudly providing barbecue to thousands of diners since 1963. With its no-frills atmosphere and catchy tagline of “It’s all about the meat,” Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que makes it clear what their primary focus is. Using mesquite wood and a direct-heat pit, the food takes on a slightly sweet, earthy, and smoky flavor. If you had to pick one item from their menu, go for their famous Big Chop. This large 2-inch thick pork chop will always be a safe bet. Since it is served with a side of jalapeño salsa and a grilled apple, this plate sure to leave you satisfied yet dreaming of more.
2. Kreuz Market
As one of the oldest establishments in the state, Kreuz Market can trace its roots back to the 1900s. Charles Kreuz started smoking his meats the old country German meat-market way by using brick pits over post oak and has never looked back. While other barbecue joints tend to smother their meats in sauces, you won’t find that here. Kreuz is strictly BYOS: Bring Your Own Sauce. However, you won’t even miss the sauce after your first taste of their mouth-watering boneless prime rib. Affectionately termed “the most carnivorously satisfying prime rib on earth,” this dish is said to have converted vegetarians.
3. The Salt Lick
Opened in 1967 by Thurman Roberts and his wife Hisako, this establishment was built on an old limestone quarry: hence the name The Salt Lick. It didn’t take long for their barbecue to become famous, and Hisako’s Hawaiian heritage is what inspired the sweet in flavor sauce they’re known for. They use a traditional open pit for smoking their meats, and serve family style all-you-can-eat barbecue. You can’t go wrong with their brisket plate. It’s served with potato salad, slaw, and beans: a delicious combination sent from heaven.
4. Franklin Barbecue
Starting out as a small trailer, it wasn’t long before Aaron Franklin had to uproot his business and move to a permanent building. Lines of people camped out with anticipation hoping to assure a spot as soon as it opened. Meats are slow cooked over post oak until they reach the peak of juicy perfection. The pulled pork sandwich with a side of slaw is the perfect combination of barbecue goodness.
5. Snow’s BBQ
Snow’s BBQ has always been a small establishment, and apparently always will. Even after their popularity skyrocketed in 2008, Snow’s stuck with their original plans of only being open on Saturday. They open at 8 am and stay open until their meat runs out, which is usually around noon. Snow’s uses an open air smoke shack and utilizes two different styles of cooking. Indirect heat is used for the brisket and direct heat for everything else. If you manage to grab a bite before they run out, go for the brisket. A little salt and pepper combine with a beautiful smoky essence. Simply put, it’s legendary.
So there you have it. Next time you find yourself in Texas, give them a try and decide for yourself.