It’s no secret that we love barbecue here in Texas. Tender brisket, smoked sausage, pulled pork…we don’t discriminate when it comes to meat seasoned to perfection, slow-smoked for hours, and soaked in a delicious sauce that would put all other states’ attempts to shame. The only thing that could possibly improve the near-perfection that is Texas barbecue? Slapping the mixture on some bread and making a sandwich – A.K.A. a vehicle to transport all the juicy, meaty goodness from plate to mouth. Here are the 11 best restaurants to get a BBQ sandwich in Texas.
1. Tipsy Texan at Franklin Barbecue (Austin)
If you're willing to potentially wait hours for it, this sandwich is one you don't want to pass up. Loaded with Franklin's signature brisket, smoked sausage, barbecue sauce, pickles, coleslaw, and onions, you'll climb higher and higher into ecstasy with every messy bite. The address is 900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702.
2. Chopped brisket sandwich at Tyler's Barbecue (Amarillo)
The brisket on this bad boy might be melt-in-your-mouth tender, but that isn't even the best part. The star of the show is undoubtedly the smoked-to-perfection jalapeno cheddar sausage on top. Finger-lickin' good, y'all (literally.) You can find Tyler's at 2014 Paramount Blvd, Amarillo, TX 79109.
3. Mother Clucker at Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ (Tyler)
Texas Monthly ranked this the best BBQ sandwich in the state, and for good reason. It's piled high with smoked chicken thigh, fried egg, cheddar, spicy bbq mayo, candied bacon, and guacamole, all between two fluffy slices of jalapeno sourdough. Come try it ASAP at 525 S Beckham Ave, Tyler, TX 75702.
4. Brisket sandwich at Killen's Barbecue (Pearland)
Killen's is already known all over Texas for its mesquite, pecan, and oak-smoked brisket. The only way to make it better? Throw some coleslaw on top, slap it on a bun, and all it a sandwich. Killen's is located at 3613 E Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77581.
5. Chopped brisket at Kreuz Market (Lockhart)
This "sandwich" might be deconstructed, but I can assure you that beautiful things happen when you pile some of the fattiest brisket in the state high between two slices of fluffy white bread. Maybe even get a little crazy and throw in some sausage and ribs, too. Kreuz gives practically a whole loaf with each order, so the combinations are endless. The address is 619 N Colorado St
Lockhart, TX 78644.
6. Chopped beef at The Salt Lick (Driftwood)
Known for having arguably the most iconic barbecue pit in Texas, not many people know that the Salt Lick also offers killer BBQ sandwiches. The chopped beef topped with onions, pickles, and their signature sauce will have you begging for more. You can find the Salt Lick at 18300 FM 1826
Driftwood, TX 78619.
7. Chopped brisket at Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que (New Braunfels, Llano)
The most famous menu item at Cooper's is undoubtedly the brisket - it's peppery on the outside and juicy on the inside. You have to add the barbecue sauce yourself, but that just means you can load up as much or as little as you want. Mmmmm. Cooper's is located at 505 W Dallas St, Llano, TX 78643 and 1125 TX-337 Loop, New Braunfels, TX 78130.
8. Memphis-Style brisket sandwich at Hutchin's BBQ (McKinney)
Fans of Hutchin's rave over the peppery, smokey brisket. It's been cooked over pecan wood since 1978 and likely won't be changing any time soon considering how delicious it is. Go get you some, y'all. The address is 1301 N Tennessee St
McKinney, TX 75069.
9. Pitmaster at Pecan Lodge (Dallas)
You'll see why the lines are so long here after taking one bite of this marvelous concoction. Three kinds of meat: chopped brisket, pulled pork, and sliced sausage, coleslaw, fresh jalapeno, and barbecue sauce are sandwiched between fluffy white buns for a flavor explosion that, while extremely messy, will please your taste buds to no end. Come try it out at 2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226.
10. Brown Pig at Neely's (Marshall)
If you like sandwiches that require a whole tree's worth of napkins, this one's for you. It's minced, smoked pork with secret sauce mixed in, topped with lettuce and mayo and stuffed inside a white bun. They also offer a brisket version if that's more your style. Neely's is located at 1404 E Grand Ave, Marshall, TX 75670.
11. Hay's County Barbeque Restaurant (San Marcos)
Does a BBQ taco count as a sandwich? I definitely think it should. This one is pulled pork and bean in a fluffy flour tortilla and a side of barbecue sauce for your dipping or sopping pleasure. Doesn't get much better than that, y'all. The address is 1612 S Ih 35
San Marcos, TX 78666.
Have you had any of these sandwiches? What’s your favorite place to get a BBQ sandwich in Texas?