Everyone knows that barbecue is some of our favorite fare here in Texas. Brisket sandwiches are particularly great because the bread provides a perfect vehicle to get all of that saucy, meaty goodness into our mouths without making too much of a mess. Here are the ten absolute best brisket sandwiches in the Lone Star State.
1. Cousin's BBQ (Fort Worth)
Cousins first opened in 1983, and their cooking methods have been unchanged since then. The brisket is cooked low and slow over hand-picked hardwoods that give it the perfect smoky flavor. It's served sliced or chopped with pickles, onions and sauce, all sandwiched between two fluffy pieces of Texas toast.
5125 Bryant Irvin Rd. Fort Worth, TX 76132
2. Killen's Barbecue (Pearland)
Killen's smokes their meat over pecan, mesquite and oak - a combination that almost always results in patrons eating themselves silly. You can order it by the pound or in a sandwich and choose from three different sauces to smother on top (or not - it's moist and delicious enough on its own!).
3613 E Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77581
3. Kreuz Market (Lockhart)
This iconic restaurant has been a fixture in Lockhart since 1900, when Charles Kreuz Sr. served meat on butcher paper out of his small grocery store. Today, the demand has grown tenfold but the the quality of the meat hasn't wavered one bit. You can order yours chopped or sliced on sourdough bread, and there are no forks or sauce to be found!
619 N Colorado St, Lockhart, TX 78644
4. Luling City Market (Luling)
It doesn't get much more classic than a menu of brisket, ribs and sausage smoked in a pit in the back of the restaurant. The brisket sandwich is drizzled with a a thin barbecue sauce faintly reminiscent of mustard - an interesting mix of flavors, but it works surprisingly well.
633 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648
5. The Salt Lick (Driftwood)
Easily one of the most talked-about, touristy spots in Texas, the Salt Lick has been satisfying the bellies of Austin-area folk since 1967. On the menu are "Texas-sized" chopped beef sandwiches topped with onions, pickles, and the restaurant's sweet sauce.
18300 Fm 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619
6. Hays County Barbecue Restaurant (San Marcos)
This brisket is slow-smoked for 18 hours over mesquite and post oak and comes sliced or chopped and covered in a thick, sweet sauce with a little peppery kick to it.
1612 S Ih 35, San Marcos, TX 78666
7. Heim Barbecue (Fort Worth)
Everything here is made from scratch, and that's apparent as soon as you taste the food. The famous BBQSnob, a sandwich filled with brisket, jalapeño cheese sausage, and the burnt ends from pieces of bacon, is by far the best seller.
1109 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104
8. Hutchin's BBQ (McKinney)
Hutchin's has been smoking its meat over pecan wood since its opening in 1978. The brisket sandwiches are known for their peppery barbecue sauce and smoky flavor.
9. Joseph's Riverport Barbecue (Jefferson)
This is some of the juiciest brisket in Texas, and it has a perfect peppery, smokey flavor that just takes it over the top. Try your sandwich with a side of Swamp Fries - the Texan version of cheese fries.
201 N Polk St, Jefferson, TX 75657
10. Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que (Llano)
The brisket at Cooper's has a peppery rust and an extremely moist, juicy inside. Barbecue sauce is never used in cooking, but you're free to fill up a styrofoam cup with some from the condiment table!
217 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Have you eaten at any of these joints? What restaurant has your favorite brisket sandwich in the state?