The practice of smoking brisket dates back over a hundred years to when Jewish immigrants in El Paso and Greensville served smoked brisket along with their pastrami. Some forty years later, Texas barbecue joints caught on to the beauty of taking this tough fatty piece of meat and transforming it into a delicious staple to feed hungry crowds; it has become one of Texas’ claims to fame.
Honors for the best barbecue in the state are hotly contested, but there is no dispute that turning this Texas favorite into a sandwich was genius! Unlike many of our iconic state sandwiches, there are really no rules to follow with a brisket sandwich except for one – delicious slow-smoked brisket. Meat typically comes chopped or sliced, and while there's no standard bread, do-it-yourself garnish options typically include pickles, onions and fiery jalapenos.
The top 10 winners in the category Best BBQ Brisket Sandwich in Texas are as follows:
- Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que - Llano
- Joseph's Riverport Bar-B-Que - Jefferson
- Hutchins BBQ - McKinney
- Heim Barbecue - Fort Worth
- Hays County Barbeque Restaurant - San Marcos
- Salt Lick BBQ - Driftwood
- Luling City Market - Luling
- Kreuz Market - Lockhart & Bryan
- Killen's Barbecue - Pearland
- Cousin's Bar-B-Q - Fort Worth
A panel of experts picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Ilene Jacobs (10Best Local Expert) and Lydia Schrandt (10Best Editor) were chosen based on their familiarity with the Texas BBQ scene.
Other BBQ joints nominated in this category included 18th & Vine in Dallas, Black's Barbecue in Austin & Lockhart, Fargo's Pit BBQ in Bryan, Franklin Barbecue in Austin, The Granary 'Cue & Brew in San Antonio, Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor, Pecan Lodge in Dallas, Snow's BBQ in Lexington, Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue in Tyler and Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew in Austin.
Congratulations to all our winning BBQ brisket sandwiches.License the 10Best Readers' Choice Award Logo