TEXAS BBQ Joint Owners Recommend What to Order When Visiting

Because Texas is it's own animal when it comes to the barbecue world I figured I would break out all of the Texas BBQ joint owner's responses and make a JUST TEXAS list.

So below you'll find the recommendations from BBQ joint owners for what a 'first timer' should order when coming to their barbecue spot. There are 103 responses so far, but I'll continue to add to this so be sure to check back.

Hurtado Barbecue - Arlington, Teas

1701 Barbecue - Beaumont, TX - MENU

  • I love all of our meats, our brisket is USDA Prime, it’s the best we can get, our beef ribs are from 44 farms, they have superior marbling, our pork ribs are St. Louis style, simply seasoned with a lot of smoke and finished with a slightly sweet glaze. At first I would recommend to try these items, but the sleeper on our meats menu has to be our turkey breast and our sausage. Our turkey breast are the hidden gem on our menu. Everyone is expecting a dry piece of turkey, ours is not. I could literally eat it every day. Our sausage is made with all of our brisket trimmings, which our are all USDA prime, so the sausage you are eating is all stuffed with prime beef. Our seasoning is influenced by our regional Cajun cooking traditions and central Texas style favors combined. For the sides, I would say whatever you are in the mood for.
  • All of our sides are made from scratch. Our sweet jalapeño relish potato salad is a mustard base potato salad, and instead of regular relish we use a jalapeño one, we love it. Our beans are pinto, ranch style influenced with a hint of sweetness and they rotate from possibly having brisket added to them or our sausage, whatever isn’t ? in our opinion to stand alone by itself as a menu item, any meats, will find a home in our beans and help add some heartiness. Our collard greens are great as well, they are cooked down with lots of bacon. Our Cole slaw is a cilantro slaw, very refreshing. We are a close proximity to the coast and wanting something refreshing like you might have served with some fish tacos etc.

2M Smokehouse - San Antonio, TX - MENU

  • Pork Serrano sausage as I feel that’s something we’re very known for. Also, mac n cheese, brisket, pork ribs, corn, nopales, pickles onions, serranos, tortillas, and slice of orange tres leches or a strawberry pop tart. That’s the tray I’d build someone that’s never been.

Baby Back Shak - Dallas, TX - MENU

  • I'd recommend the Shak Platter which is ribs, beef, smoked chicken breast, link sausage, and Boudain, along with your choice of two veggies!

Bare Barbecue - Cleburne, TX - MENU

  • Good morning Kevin. Ideal platter would be our local smoke platter but add a firebox sandwich. It includes prime brisket topped with our house made chimichurri, pork spare ribs, turkey breast with our white sauce along with a quart each of smoked baked beans and street corn. The Firebox sandwich is a thick slice of fatty brisket topped with chimichurri and jalapeños. Thanks!

Big Al's Smokehouse BBQ - Dallas, TX - MENU

  • For any 1st timer who loves BBQ, we recommend the Meat Lovers Plate.   It includes our 5 most popular meats: Brisket, Sausage, Turkey, Pork Ribs & a Beef Rib with choice of 2 house sides or an Overstuffed Baked Potato for $20.  

Blood Bros. BBQ - Bellaire, TX

  • I would say the one item that someone should try thats not traditional would be our smoked turkey banh mi. We have so many items that change daily but that one is available every day. Also I would suggest the specialty ribs that we have for the day. We do gochujang glazed ribs Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, Thai peanut butter sticky ribs on Fridays, and guava glazed ribs on Sunday.
2M Smokehouse - San Antonio, Texas

Bodacious Bar-B-Q on Mobberly - Longview, TX - MENU

  • Would of course say brisket and ribs but best scenario would be come on a Saturday depending on specials bc our specials are definitely what we're most known for. Sometimes on sat well have boudin, special sausage and pork belly burnt ends. And thats usually when my wife makes other items as well!

Bodacious BBQ Hallsville - Hallsville, TX

  • Brisket, ribs and sausage. Pork steak or boudin for sure if we have it on that day. .

Bodacious Bar-B-Q Hallsville - Hallasville, TX

  • Brisket, ribs and sausage. Pork steak or boudin if we have it on that day.

Bodacious Bar-B-Q on Mobberly - Longview, TX - MENU

  • Would of course say brisket and ribs but best scenario would be come on a Saturday depending on specials bc our specials are definitely what we're most known for. Sometimes on sat well have boudin, special sausage and pork belly burnt ends. And thats usually when my wife makes other items as well!

Brett's Backyard Bar-B-Que - Rockdale, TX -

  • Texas Trinity, Brisket, Beef and Cheddar Sausage, Sweet Ribs, Signature House Pork Steak, & Bourbon peach cheesecake.

Brick Vault Brewery and Barbecue - Marathon, TX - MENU

  • Texas trinity (brisket, ribs & sausage), mac and cheese and borracho beans and banana pudding. And when on tap the Trost Vienna lager which we feel brew pairs the best with BBQ.

Brix Barbecue - Fort Worth, TX

  • I love the idea!!! Thanks for reaching out. I know when I first got the BBQ bug and was driving all over and trying joints this would have been super useful. For us I would say on Saturdays to get the Tour de Brix and add a Funkytown Hot Chicken sandwich. Tour de Brix is a sampler of all the meats, beef cheek tacos, and two sides. On Sundays though you’ve GOT. TO. GET. THE. BURGER. lol.

Brotherton's Black Iron Barbecue - Pflugerville, TX - MENU

  • The Pflugerville Pfilly which is brisket, queso, sautéed onions and peppers on Amoroso’s roll AND the Texas Cuban- Carolina which is mustard bbq sauce, pickles, Swiss cheese, smoked ham and pork cooked over coals on our Snow’s BBQ pit all on locally made French bread. 
Feges BBQ - Houston, Texas

Burnt Bean Co. - Seguin, TX

  • Brisket is a must but you have to roll with the Texas Trinity...aaaaaand get all our sides!!! lol

Cattleack Barbecue - Dallas, TX - MENU

  • Here are the top 3 items for new people: (1) Texas Trinity Plate - Brisket Sausage and Pork Rib sample for one person; (2) Toddzilla Platter 1/3 lb of pok ribs, burnt ends, brisket, chopped whole hog, turkey and sausage and a whole beef; and (3) Toddfather sandwich with brisket, pulled pork, and sausage, topped with sauce and slaw.

CM Smokehouse - Austin, TX - MENU

  • That’s easy. Chips and queso add brisket; Chicken wings, Buffalo; Cauliflower wings, sweet chili sauce; baby back rib wings with bbq sauce, brisket philly, brisket bleus burger, & the sausage and peppers sandwich. Those are always my recommendations. The taco party could be on that too depending on how they look.

Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que - Multiple Texas Locations - MENU

  • We are the home of The Big Chop, so I’d have to start there. After that, the beef rib is always a great choice.

Curry Boys BBQ - San Antonio, TX - MENU

  • 1st time visitor recommendation: Brisket Smoke Show Bowl, side of Chili Garlic Noodles, side of Curry Creamed Corn, & Thai Tea. Boom!

Daddy Duncan's BBQ - Katy, TX - MENU

  • The Soul Food Box: Smoked Dr Pepper Oxtails, Mac & Cheese, Sweet Potato Mash, and Collard Greens. This is one of our signature dishes. We currently go through 80-100 pounds of oxtails a weekend. Smoked then braised in Dr Pepper. Comes with Handmade Pickles, Jalapeños, and Sliced Bread. Pairs well with Masked Gorilla at ErmaRose Winery. Maybe add on a Jamaican Rum Cake we offer from Grammy’s Cookie Jar. We also offer The BBQ Box: Prime Brisket, Pulled Pork, Jalapeño & Cheddar Sausage, Potato Salad, BBQ Beans, and Spicy Coleslaw only $30. Comes with Handmade Pickles, Jalapeños, Sliced Bread, and Barbecue Sauce. It’s been a Katy favorite since 2017.

Dayne's Craft Barbecue - Fort Worth, TX - MENU

  • Our sausage program is something we take very seriously and work incredibly hard at. We have developed 14 different recipes and are always trying new things. We make 3 different sausages each week. So I'd go with a sausage flight. Maybe add in our "Bacon Brisket" (Smoked Pork Belly) as well.

Derek Allan's Texas Barbecue - Fort Worth, TX - MENU

  • I would say our brisket biscuit, breakfast and lunch versions. Also our handmade Wagyu beef sausage. Thanks Kevin!

Distant Relatives - Austin, TX - MENU

  • I'm honored you would consider us for this. I would recommend our spare ribs, pulled pork sandwich and a side of the burnt end black eyed peas with lager pickles.

Doziers Barbeque - Fulshear, TX - MENU

  • When people ask what they should get I tell them that while everything is really solid, the standouts are the brisket, pork ribs, and turkey. Our sausages are much beloved (we make 13 different styles of sausage in house), and serve 2-3 on the bbq side each day, so they’re also a good choice.  We also offer pit ham and chicken by the half that are quite good. Our most popular sides are the collard greens, mac n cheese, and traditional potato salad. We have two styles of potato salad, two styles of slaw, Texas caviar, ranch beans, pinto beans, and green beans as well. Honestly, it's tough to go wrong with any of the proteins or sides. I worked hard to build a menu with no dogs, and we take a lot of pride in everything we serve.

Eddie O's Texas Barbecue - Houston, Texas

  • My ideal menu at Eddie O’s Texas Barbecue (according to Eddie O): 1/4 pecan-smoked brisket, 1/4 smoked barbacoa de cachete, -6oz cup of smoked beef sausage and chicharrón charro beans , - Homemade flour tortillas, all the salsas, whole elote, 1/2 raw avocado. That would be MY ideal platter.

Feges BBQ - Houston, TX - MENU

  • Pork ribs, pulled pork, Moroccan glazed carrots and Brussels sprouts. Sadly we don’t sell many pork ribs because the office workers don’t want to get their hands dirty. I think our ribs and pulled pork are standout meats for sure. The brisket is great too but lots of pitmasters smoke a great brisket, it’s those pork meats that set us apart. And of course - the sides.

Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ - Dallas, TX - MENU

  • To answer the question I would suggest the Full Ride made up of a sample platter of all our meats served family style accompanied by the creamy mac n cheese topped with crushed BBQ Lays Chips, Fried Okra (served with our Texas Gold Sauce) a cup of our Mouthwatering Green Beans and a nice cup of Banana Pudding to top off the meal. We also have daily specials that include Chicken fried Brisket with mashed potatoes and gravy, Burnt ends, Loaded baked potatoes and the best brisket pastrami you'll ever taste!!!

Goldee's Barbecue - Fort Worth, TX - MENU

  • I would recommend a little of all the meats. Like a quarter pound brisket, one pork rib, one of each sausages and two slices of turkey. I would recommend a single of each side and one of all the desserts lol. But if that seems like a lot I would recommend when going to any bbq place to order your two favorite meats two favorite sides and one dessert that you like!

Harlem Road Texas BBQ - Richmond, TX - MENU

  • Definitely want to try a couple of the specials, lamb chops and octopus. Beef rib, brisket and chicken. The Mac and cheese, coleslaw. Chocolate bread pudding.

Heim Barbecue - Fort Worth & Dallas, Texas Locations - MENU

  • Bacon burnt ends for sure! Also the Heimburger, big cat sandwich, and crispy loaded potato skins

Helberg Barbecue - Waco, TX - MENU

  • Howdy! Here’s my ideal Helberg bbq tray. We have 6 meats and 6 sides so here are my top 3 of each: 1/2 chicken (smoked then fried), Pork steak, Moist Brisket, Smoked Gouda Mac & cheese, Chimichurri coleslaw, Collard greens w/ house bacon, Smoked tallow pecan pie for dessert! Thanks for doing this, you’re awesome! Look forward to serving you in the near future.

Hill Barbecue - Lubbock, TX

  • Well honestly I don’t know if this is a good answer haha, but I would make a platter with everything. Haha. We try to cook each individual item with love but we intentionally focus on each food item or condiment pairing well with the other foods. Because I believe that makes the BBQ experience just hit a lot harder than only a few items shining on their own! Thank you! You're the man! Keep doing what you're doing!

Hutchins Bar-B-Que - Frisco and McKinney (this location currently closed), TX - MENU

  • Our brisket is the Texas fave! Hutchins is also know for our Texas Twinkies which are jalapeños stuffed with brisket and cream cheese, wrapped in bacon and smoked. Then topped with a sweet glaze.

Hurtado Barbecue - Arlington, TX - MENU

  • Thanks man! I’d definitely recommend the El Jefe platter (1/3 lb. each of prime brisket, pork spare ribs, sausage, pork belly burnt ends, pulled pork, turkey breast and two sides of your choice). You can’t go wrong! It’s a little bit of everything we offer. I’d also add a barbacoa tostada.

InterStellar Barbecue - Austin, TX - MENU

  • Our ideal platter would include the following: A slice of lean and moist brisket, jalapeno popper sausage, Frito pie sausage, peach tea glazed pork belly, a slice of turkey, smoked scalloped potatoes. creamed hominy and sausage, jalapeno slaw, & banana pudding.

Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery - Garland, TX - MENU

  • I mean the basics for sure, but for something super fun, the chicken fried brisket that we serve on Tuesdays and we have a pretty cool BBQ inspired brunch.

JNL Barbecue - Austin, TX

  • Definitely the al pastor ribs but I would always recommend trying the Texas trinity at every barbecue place.

Joseph's Riverport - Jefferson, TX - MENU

  • So, if you’re a first timer I’d have to steer you towards our 2 meat combo plate with brisket, ribs, bbq beans and potato salad. I’d also recommend a small order of our “swamp fries” and 32 ounce Big Red off the fountain or a fresh brewed sweet tea to wash it down. Man, now I’m hungry! Anyway, I hope this helps. Thanks!

Jube's Smokehouse - Fort Worth, TX - MENU

  • A sample platter that includes some of everything you produce in a small amount variously itemized. A little of this and a little of that.

Killens Barbecue - Houston, TX - MENU

  • The trinity (brisket, sausage, and pork ribs) with potato salad and baked beans. The traditional bbq plate.  Beef ribs are impressive and of course bread OR banana pudding for dessert.

Kreuz Market - Lockhart, TX - MENU

  • Our original sausage and our brisket for sure. Possibly slide pork chops or ribs onto that plate too.

Lawrence Barbecue - Raleigh, NC - MENU

  • Honestly for a first timer at Lawrence...I’d have to say it’s pretty simple. Order a Pulled Pork Sando, a sixer of our Signature BBQ Oysters on the half shell, and a Smoked Cherry Coke Icee(or as we call them, N’ICEE’s). I can’t think of a more satisfying experience!!!

LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue - Austin, TX - MENU

  • I would recommend a two meat plate with beef cheeks or brisket and whole hog, a kale caesar slaw, and a pork hash and rice. Probably a burger and/or a bacon rib and maaaaybe a frito pie.

Liberty Barbecue - Round Rock, TX - MENU

  • Smoked and reverse seared ribeye finished in butter and beef tallow and Chicken Fried Steak.

Lockhart Smokehouse - Dallas, Plano, Llano, Texas - MENU

  • The Texas trinity is always a great start. Brisket, Ribs and Sausage. You get a sampling of how each place does their rub, smoke and cuts a little different. After that we customize. Is it Prime Rib day? Absolutely get that. Feeling a little adventurous-try the Leg of Lamb if it’s a special. Watching the waist line? Then our Turkey is so great you won’t miss the red meat!

The Longoria's BBQ - Fort Worth, TX - MENU

  • Straight up, small shot out of the brisket chili pot ,then sample out our shop made brisket sausage, that'll make u wondering what to get on top of either one.

Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse - Elgin, TX - MENU

  • Start with the sausage. Beef, pork garlic or jalapeño cheddar(only available on weekends). Elgin IS the Sausage Capitol of Texas. After that, pork ribs, brisket, pepper lime chicken are all very popular. Top it off with cobbler with grandma Meyers cobbler sauce or banana pudding. Everything on the menu is very good. Maybe take a bowl of 3 Mistake Chili to go, because if you eat everything else you won’t have room, but you’ll wish you had some chili in your fridge the next day after you recover from your meat coma, lol.

Micklethwait Craft Meats - Austin, TX - MENU

  • Awesome. If they aren’t from Texas, I recommend the classic holy trinity. It’s always a solid option. However what makes us special would be our more unique meats. So if they have already tried brisket, they should try our barbacoa, pulled lamb, and maybe a beef rib too. All very rich and flavorful and you can’t find those at every other spot. Our sides are also a crowd favorite. Grits are mandatory. Then maybe our lemon poppy slaw and my personal favorite, country potato salad, which is aioli based. Let me know if you need anything else and we hope to see you soon.

Mimsy's Craft Barbecue - Crockett, TX - MENU

  • For first timers we will always recommend the classic trio of brisket, ribs, and sausage.  For the barbecue enthusiast, or curious eaters, we have some really good options outside of the classics, that lean more towards a “craft” smoked meat, if you will. We highly recommend the crispy pork belly inspired by the legends, Hoodoo Brown. We also do a smoked porchetta daily that is best served over a bowl of pinto beans. The smoked poblano queso Mac and cheese and smoked maple crispy Brussels sprouts are very popular. Probably our most popular item that everyone talks about is our house made cheesecakes, crafted by our Executive Chef Kathy Elkins, also my wife. If it were up to me though I’d just recommend the whole menu because we put so much love into every dish.  Hope to see some new faces, be sure to mention this story for a free sticker!

Oak'd Handcrafted BBQ - Dallas, TX - MENU

  • To have the best most quintessential OAK’D experience, it’s best to start at the front of the line at the carving station, check out the Wagyu and Prime Brisket, then chose your sides. Spend a little extra time at the dessert section and enjoy what’s called “The Best Desserts in Texas” by Texas Monthly. The banoffee is a must try signature item. Think banana pudding, toffee and Carmel.  If you’re celebrating a special occasion, request a specially curated board by Executive Chef Michael Lane. Stop by the bar, grab a Frosty Ranch Water then head to the patio for live music, fire pit or cool shade. Daily specials are always chef inspired and the OAK’D Smoked tamales are made daily.

Panther City BBQ - Fort Worth, TX - MENU

  • I would have to say our brisket, brisket elotes, and pork belly poppers are our top 3 popular items.

Pecan Lodge - Dallas, TX - MENU

  • That is a tricky question, Kevin! For a first time visit, I would recommend the three meat plate with brisket, jalapeño-cheddar beef sausage, pulled pork, and mac and cheese. Finish off the meal with our famous banana pudding (it’s Boss Lady’s grandmothers recipe - and it is delicious!).

Piper's BBQ & Beer - Houston, TX - MENU

  • Hey Kevin! I strongly recommend that all our new customers start out trying at least a two meat combo consisting of brisket and ribs, with a side of hot potato salad and either mac n cheese or piper peppers. If they are hungry enough, I recommend really putting us through our paces via the Texas trinity (same sides mentioned previously). This is usually a great barometer of any TX BBQ joint, along with what I feel are our best sides. I'm also particularly proud of our smoked turkey, though understand many folks don't go to a bbq joint for the poultry lol.

Pinkerton's Barbecue - Houston & San Antonio, TX - MENU

  • One slice of fatty brisket, 2 pork ribs (one glazed one dry), 1 jalapeño cheese link, small cheese rice, small Mac and cheese (baller style).
Harlem Road Texas BBQ - Richmond, TX

Pitforks and Smokerings - Slanton, TX

  • Hey! So the one item the sells the most is our frito pie. It is layered with Fritos, beans, brisket mac and cheese, chopped brisket, pickles, onions, jalapenos and bbq sauce. We also do a sampler platter that is my favorite to make! It's a 1/4 pound of every meat and all 4 sides we offer. This one is my favorite for people who have never been here and want to try it all. Plus it looks so pretty all plated up!

The Pit Room - Houston, TX - MENU

  • The Feast - that way you try everything and add a chicken and brisket taco as well. The FEAST NO. 1 - feeds 4 - 1 lb. Brisket, 4 Pork Ribs, 1 Beef Rib, 1/4 lb. Pulled Pork, 1/4 lb. Turkey, 1 Beef link, 1 Jalapeno Cheddar link, and 4 Sides.

Pustka Family Barbeque - Hutto, TX

  • Easy for me there...of course brisket is king but our chicken is very popular as well as our handmade sausage. The elotes and jalapeno-green apple slaw are both can’t miss as well. People go nuts for our bbq sauce too.

Rollin Smoke - Austin, Texas - MENU

  • I'd go with The Playboy (a 1/4 lb. of brisket, add a 1/4 lb. of pulled pork and top it with a half-link of our jalapeño cheddar pork sausage) and a smoked Mac n cheese app along with pork belly burnt ends. Believe me I get asked it almost everyday.

Rossler's Blue Cord Barbecue - Killeen, TX - MENU

  • Being that we change our menu up so much, it’s hard to say. However when we offer our pork ribeyes, make sure you’re running to get them. We soak them in a marinade that tenderizes the already tender cut of pork. Then we season with a blend of spices my daughters (Paisley and JuJu), Ryan of Backline Smokers and I all came up with together for that perfect bite. Searing them off on our Backline Smokers “Multi Tool” to a perfect 145, WOW it is magical.

Schoepf’s BBQ - Belton, TX - MENU

  • Everything is great here at Schoepf’s! We offer traditional BBQ as well as Tex-Mex BBQ. Everyone has their favorites. Everything is served a la carte on a tray. So the ideal tray we would recommend for a first timer would definitely be our Smoked Prime Brisket/Spare Ribs & Chicken Half and if they are really hungry they should try one of our Giant Beef Ribs. As far as sides we Mexican Street Corn/Barracho Beans/Macaroni & Cheese/& Cucumber Salad. Top it off with a slice of our Homemade Tres Leches Cake. Thanks for reaching out to us we appreciate it!

Schmidt Family Barbecue - Bee Cave, TX - MENU

  • Howdy Kevin-I would recommend our Brisket, Smoked Turkey Breast, Poblano Cream Corn and Southern Banana Pudding. Hope all is well with you and your family! Thanks for reaching out.

Shaneboys Craft Hawaiian Grindz - Fort Worth, TX - MENU

  • I’d say fried firecracker shrimp, garlic butter beef, and Hawaiian grilled chicken for the first timer. Great balance of some sweet, savory, and heat on the palate. Also, any fried item on our menu is gluten free which is a nice added surprise for our guests. I use coconut flour. The Mac salad is also a must! Mahalo! ??
Helberg Barbecue - Waco, TX

Slaughter's BBQ Oasis - Sulphur Springs, TX - MENU

  • I always encourage our first time visitors to try the “Texas Trinity” brisket, ribs and sausage. Side Note: I always recommend our turkey also. I personally can’t go to a BBQ establishment and not order turkey if they offer it.

The Slow Bone Barbecue - Dallas, TX - MENU

  • Thank you for reaching out to us with this fun question. If you are a first timer to Slow Bone, we would definitely recommend our prime brisket and St. Louis style pork ribs to start with. For an individual order, 1/4 lb brisket and 1/2 lb pork ribs-- 2 to 3 ribs depending on the size of the ribs, is a good amount to start with. Next, despite being a Texas BBQ joint, our fried chicken is a must try item. Our fried chicken has won 'best fried chicken' within the DFW community year after year. It is smoke-brined overnight prior to frying, resulting in beautifully crispy crust over moist meat with a subtle hint of the smoke (brine). Last but not least, our Texas Nail offers bold flavors in a sandwich. Built with slow smoked prime grade brisket, Revolver Blood & Honey cheddar cheese, smoked mushrooms, caramelized onions, roasted green chiles, and a healthy drizzle of lime crema, this specialty sandwich has easily become one of Slow Bone's go to favorites.

Smiley's Barbecue - Fort Worth, TX - MENU

  • Texas Trinity. Come get a 1/4 pound of our Brisket Ribs and Sausage! Don't forget to top it off with our Brisket Balls and Smoked Jalapeno Cream Corn.

Smoak Town BBQ - Royse City, TX - MENU

  • I’d have to say Brisket, turkey and for sides potato salad, Lollies Mac, brews beans. And to stay on the look out for the Jale-Berries usually do them every other Saturday. It’s the blueberry muffin sausage I make, wrapped around a jalapeño with cream cheese and then wrapped in bacon ??

Smoke Crafters - Mission, TX - MENU

  • I would say our brisket birria quesadilla on Thursdays, mesquite smoked brisket on Fridays, and pork spareribs on Saturdays. We have different menu every day so it's tough to just pick one item.

Smokey Joe's BBQ - Dallas, TX - MENU

  • Trying our infamous ribs and also come on Friday or Saturday to try our specialty sides (pro tip - don’t leave without the buttermilk pie). Items that represents us best are the short-end ribs, sliced moist brisket yams, black eye peas, greens Beverly beans, chicken tetrazzini, peach cobbler, and our Jamal stuffed baked potato.

Smoke Sessions Barbecue - Royse City, TX - MENU

  • Brisket, turkey, spicy garlic & pepper jack sausage, potato Salad, and mac & cheese.

Smokin Z's BBQ - Hitchcock, TX

  • We always recommend first timers try out one of our house made sausage links. All of our sausages are creative and different then what you would find at any of your typical bbq joints. You won’t find a mild, house sausage or jalapeño & cheddar at our trailer. It’s where we’re able to show our fun and creative side! Customers love our Loco Links (Tex-Mex blend of spices, fire roasted poblanos, cheddar and pepper Jack cheese) and our spin on Creole Style Brisket Boudin.
Brix Barbecue - Fort Worth, TX

Sonny Bryan's Barbecue - Various Dallas Locations - MENU

  • We’re famous for our onion rings, which are made to be eaten with our BBQ sauce.  They go great with a brisket sandwich or a big plate of pork ribs. I guess if I had to select one plate, that would be it, but all of our meats are good.  I love our pulled chicken, and our turkey is delicious too.  The sausage is always a hit.  Sometimes I have a potato loaded with meat, BBQ sauce, butter (lots of butter), sour cream and chives.  Yum!  So we pretty much have something to satisfy every hankerin’. 

Southside Market & Barbeque - 4 Texas Locations - MENU

  • The “Quintessential BBQ Tasting”: Original Beef Sausage, Brisket, & Pork Ribs. This is the selection you want to try at any BBQ restaurant if your are doing a tour so you have equal comparison items. It’s the standard tasting in the area – aka the “Texas Trinity”. The “Special to Southside” sampler: Original Beef Sausage, Brisket, Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage, Pork Steaks, & Sausage Slammers. Original Beef Sausage needs no explanation, having been made here in Elgin since 1882. Our Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage is a top seller and fan favorite, made with fresh jalapenos. Pork Steaks have long been a staple here at Southside and not something folks are used to unless they have been here in the area for a while. Sausage Slammers are wholly unique to Southside, which are a fresh jalapeno, stuffed with cheddar cheese, wrapped in sausage and then wrapped in bacon and smoked on the pit.

Southern Q BBQ & Catering - Houston, TX - MENU

  • "The Big Poppa." That's our 3 meat loaded potato with chop/beef, sausage, ribs and all the trimmings! Great question, thanks for asking.

Smoke Sessions Barbecue - Royse City, TX - MENU

  • Brisket, Turkey, Spicy garlic & pepper jack sausage, Potato Salad, Mac & cheese.

Snow's Barbecue - Lexington, TX - MENU

  • "Try everything."

Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Que - Tyler, TX - MENU

  • Man, good question. But I usually always ask first timers what they are interested in. Traditional plates? Sandwiches? Something more adventurous etc.? Based on that conversation I have my go-to suggestion for each type of category or however I feel that I understand what they’re interested in and in East Texas that is almost always a chopped brisket sandwich. lol

Stiles Switch BBQ - Austin, TX - MENU

  • For 1st time visitors I always always suggest getting a little bit of everything as far as the Texas Trinity Goes. Brisket, Ribs, and Sausage. All of our sausage is house made and house smoked. I also suggest the Beef Ribs as we smoke em every day and we call em the "Cadillac of the Menu" for a reason. Sides...our Corn Casserole is always a fan favorite....the potato salad is a dill. German style potato salad and its my favorite. We have a new side that people just cant get enough of which are the Sweet Serrano Fried Brussel Sprouts. I'm also a fan of our wings. The Oak Smoked Wings. We slow smoke em and then flash fry em to finish and toss if em in our house sauces. Alabama White, Honey BBQ, and Buffalo are on the everyday menu and we feature one off daily special sauces frequently as well. Really....I'm a fan of our entire menu. We do a great lineup of Daily Specials that rotate weekly which we update on our Website every Monday or you can follow social to catch em. Like Smoked Prime Rib on Wednesday.

The Switch - Dripping Springs, TX - MENU

  • This menu is so outstanding. I don't even know where to begin. We have a large kitchen at the Switch which allows us to really flex the collaborations between the pitroom and the kitchen. I always go back to the basics of don't skip the Texas Trinity with the Brisket, Ribs, and Sausage. The wings too. We do a special Oak Smoked Wing flavor of the day every Saturday here as well. The Switch Gumbo is a big favorite. Smoked Meats over a rich roux and we serve it over potato salad with a side of our house made Dunker's Crackers (spicy saltines).  The Brisket Enchiladas are outstanding as well (3) Brisket Filled Corn Tortillas topped with Chile Con Carne, cheddar cheese and diced onion. Served by the plate with Spanish Rice and Brisket Pinto Beans. We also do a weekend Brunch both Saturday and Sunday which most spots do not offer. The Brisket Benedict as well as the Pulled Pork Migas are my favorites but its a big menu with lots of great items like house Fried Chicken and Waffles.

Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue - Tomball, TX - MENU

  • Got to get: Brisket Pork Belly,  Chile Relleno sausage, Carrot Soufflé & corn salad along with a chocolate truffle & chocolate panna cotta dessert. House made Sangria to wash it down.

Tender Smokehouse - Celina and Frisco, TX - MENU

  • The El Jefe is our signature sandwich that has brisket, pulled pork, smoked sausage, a scoop of our BBQ beans between Texas toast and topped with a pork spare rib! A good menu to try a little bit of everything. We’d also recommend brisket & our pork spare ribs (comes by the half and full rack). For sides, definitely BBQ beans and of course banana pudding for dessert!

Terry Blacks Barbecue - Austin and Dallas, TX - MENU

  • Go with the giant Beef rib as that seems to be what we've become known for. Mac and cheese and our fresh green beans are our two best side sellers by far. Our house made pecan pie or often called a pecan tart due to the minimal filling and maximum buttery crust is also a huge seller. 
Dayne's Craft Barbecue - Fort Worth, TX

Truth Barbeque - Brenham/Houston, TX

  • I would have to say my top things to have at Truth are: brisket, ribs, turkey, and pepper jack sausage for the proteins. For sides I would suggest tater tot casserole, corn pudding, and collard greens. For dessert I would have to go with my all time favorite, the coconut cream cake!

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ - Austin, TX - MENU

  • We would definitely tell anyone to try the brisket taco, and if you really want to take it to the next level, get it with sliced brisket. Our in-house sausage is also a must have, and of course our loaded queso. And if Miguel has any specials running that day, always try one. Our regular menu never changes but Miguel’s specials are always so different and delicious. It’s like fine dining quality food from a food truck. 

Wanderlust - Craft BBQ & Coffee - Austin, TX - MENU

  • Being a pop-up with a small menu that changes every time, this is a little harder to answer ?. However, if I was gonna build a platter that let’s a first timer know what we are all about, it would include: Pork belly slab - Smoked pork belly, generously seasoned with our Original Wonderdust spice blend served sliced like brisket - Pastrami sausage links - House made 1/3 lb. links made from prime brisket that was wet brined in a custom blend of spices for 10-14 days. The links are double smoked for the perfect texture and snap! - Duck fat potato salad - Since people can’t agree on mayo or mustard, we went with duck fat as a binder to put our spin on this classic BBQ side - El Camino grits - Cheese grits, seasoned with Wonderdust El Camino spice blend, with chopped green chilies and topped with thick slices of our all beef sausage - Cheese-n-Mac - We call it Cheese-n-Mac because we put the important part first (we use 6 different cheeses) AND Miso Chocolate Chip Cookies

Vaqueros Texas Bar-B-Q - Grapevine, TX - MENU

  • Things are bouncing back around here and we’ve been busier than ever....Brisket is at the heart of all that we do so if I’d recommend 1 thing it’d be the Brisket. Our BBQ Birria Tacos have gotten a lot of attention and are a huge seller so I’d put them up there as well and since you mentioned platters we do 3 which are a great way to sample everything. 1. The Tour of Texas. 2. The Tour of Tex Mex and 3. The North American Tour.

Wright on Taco Shop - Harleton, TX - MENU

  • For the table, our “Gone Loco” queso (white queso loaded with fresh guacamole, pico and chopped brisket)and of course our red and salsa verde. Or the “Big Cheese” loaded queso fries topped with pico, creme, and brisket. Pro tip, add sausage and jalapeños! ? Tacos Texican- smoked prime brisket, house slaw, bbq sauce and pickled jalapeños Willie Good- smoked brisket, guacamole and pico. Hannah- Grilled chicken, bacon and queso. Also I highly suggest our brisket elote, house sausage and Texas Twinkies on Saturdays. Our regular special boards rotation goes as such. Tues- street taco Tuesday Wednesday- varies (Barbacoa, Turkey, Bologna) Thursday- Brisket birria tacos Friday- Smoked burgers Saturday- Texas Twinkies

Zavalas Barbecue - Grand Prairie, TX

  • 1-Slice 44 farms lean brisket, 1/4 lb. of 44 farms beef cheek, 1 pork rib, 2 slices of turkey, a Sloppy Juan, 3 tortillas, and extra green sauce.