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Get ready to fire up the smoker or grill and indulge in some of the best Texas BBQ recipes! From brisket to ribs, the state of Texas has perfected the art of slow-cooked meats bursting with flavor. Whether you’re a seasoned pitmaster or a beginner grill enthusiast, these recipes will satisfy your craving for deliciously smoky and savory dishes.

Texas BBQ spread featuring a whole brisket being sliced with white bread, cheese, red onion, and beer around it.


 

The King of Texas BBQ: Smoked Brisket

Welcome to the smoky kingdom of Texas, where flames dance, and flavors sing in perfect harmony. In this land of bold culinary traditions, one dish stands tall, commanding reverence and inspiring passion: the legendary smoked brisket. As the undisputed King of Texas BBQ, the smoked brisket reigns supreme, captivating taste buds with its tender, smoky perfection.

The most common sides for smoked brisket include white bread, sliced cheese, pickled red onions and dill pickles. And as always, sauce is served on the side, not on the meat!

Texas Brisket on peach paper, sliced with slices of bread, cheese, pickles and onions around.

Texas Smoked Brisket Recipe

5 from 26 votes
This Texas Smoked Brisket uses simple ingredients, but the process used creates meat so tender it will melt in your mouth. Apply a simple rub and let your smoker do the work!
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Rubs & Sauces

In Texas BBQ, two culinary pillars are the key to unlocking a symphony of flavors: the art of the dry rub and homemade BBQ sauce that is bold, layered and unique. These essential components elevate the smoking process to new heights, infusing the meat with layers of complexity and adding a punch of flavor in every bite.

While BBQ purists will tell you there’s nothing to it but salt & pepper (also known as a Dalmatian rub) it’s common to see BBQ spots mixing it up with other flavors and adding to their rubs.

Wooden spoon scooping up homemade texas style dry rub.

Sweet Texas Dry Rub- Perfect for Chicken & Pork!

5 from 73 votes
Texas Style BBQ Dry Rub. This sweet and spicy dry rub is perfect for all your grilling and BBQ needs! The sweet brown sugar mingled with the spicy chili powder gives the best of both worlds. This rub is perfect for steaks, chicken, pork, anything you desire!
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Texas BBQ Sauce

4.96 from 21 votes
Texas Style BBQ Sauce! The perfect blend of sweet and spicy. Use this on any grilled meats for an extra burst of flavor.
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Smoked Meats

While the smoked brisket undoubtedly reigns as the king of Texas BBQ, it’s not the only meat that’s served.

Prepare to be tempted by the others, each boasting distinctive charms and devoted followings. From succulent smoked ribs that fall off the bone to the melt-in-your-mouth goodness of pulled pork and the delicate smokiness of turkey breast, these esteemed dishes hold their own in the realm of barbecue excellence.

Platter of smoked chuck roast sliced and served with juices.

Smoked Chuck Roast (Texas Style)

5 from 55 votes
This smoked chuck roast yields a tender, juicy meat! Slow cooked at a low temperature, this smoked beef roast is the perfect weeknight family dinner or a twist on your usual Sunday Roast.
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Bear claws shredding smoked pork.

Texas Style Smoked Pulled Pork

5 from 245 votes
Texas Smoked Pulled Pork. This simple, smoked Pork Shoulder/Butt creates the most tender, flavorful pulled pork. Cooked low and slow, this pork is melt in your mouth good!
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Hand picking up a smoked pork rib dipped in BBQ sauce.

Smoked Pork Ribs

5 from 2 votes
Smoked Pork Ribs. Flavorful, and tender, this fool proof recipe is easy to make and always pleases!
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Smoked BBQ Brisket sandwich made with sauce, pickles and sliced onion. Served with chips

Smoked BBQ Beef Sandwich

5 from 3 votes
Chopped smoked beef with a light coating of a sweet and spicy BBQ sauce is piled onto soft hamburger buns and topped with tangy pickles and and white onion slices.
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Tin filled with shredded smoked pork carnitas.

Smoked Carnitas

5 from 1 vote
This non-traditional Smoked Pork Carnitas is a flavorful Tex Mex BBQ mash up recipe. Thanks to using a citrus marinade, and a homemade seasoning mix of Mexican spices, the pork comes out smoky, tender, flavorful and melt in your mouth rich with crispy edges.
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Sliced smoked turkey breast on a wood cutting board.

Smoked Turkey Breast

5 from 1 vote
Smoked Turkey Breast. This simple, Texas style smoked Turkey Breast is made flavorful thanks to a brine, and a basic dry rub. Be prepared to fall in love with this tender, moist, flavorful turkey! 
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The Burnt Ends

In the world of BBQ, there exists a delicacy revered by connoisseurs and pitmasters alike: the burnt ends. These coveted, charred treasures are born from the process of slow-smoking beef brisket until the collagen in the fat breaks down. Of course, you can use other meats also for ease or flavoring.

Burnt ends are the charred, succulent cubes of meat that emerge from the crusty edges of a well-smoked brisket. They’re then covered in sauce and cooked further until they caramelize. These bites are a blend of textures and flavors—tender, melt-in-your-mouth morsels adorned with a flavorful crust.

Pork belly burnt ends served with a cup of bbq sauce and a beer on the side.

Pork Belly Burnt Ends

5 from 3 votes
Indulge in the mouthwatering goodness of smoked pork belly burnt ends. These delectable bites are the perfect smoky, tender, and flavorful combination—the secret lies in slow-smoking the pork belly until it reaches that ideal melt-in-your-mouth texture. 
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Smoked chunks of beef served with a cup of bbq sauce on a piece of brown parchment paper.

Smoked Chuck Roast Burnt Ends

5 from 2 votes
Get all the classic BBQ flavor of burnt ends in this easy-to-make Chuck Roast Burnt Ends recipe. Slow-smoked beef is seasoned with a simple rub, then braised in a sweet, sticky sauce with a hint of spice and black pepper kick.
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BBQ Sides

As you indulge in the smoky symphony of Texas BBQ, don’t forget about the world of mouth-watering sides. Picture a plate adorned with creamy coleslaw, its crisp freshness providing a cool contrast to the richness of the meats.

Imagine sinking your teeth into golden, buttery cornbread, its tender crumb and subtle sweetness enhancing the smoky essence of the barbecue.

And let your imagination roam to a bowl brimming with tangy, vinegar-based potato salad or perhaps a scoop of rich and smoky baked beans, each bite transporting you deeper into the heart of barbecue bliss.

Cast iron skillet filled with baked beans topped with crispy bacon and coarse ground black pepper.

Smoked Baked Beans

5 from 1 vote
These smoked baked beans are a delightful addition to any barbecue or gathering, bringing a unique twist to the classic comfort food. 
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Bowl of creamy potato salad made with egg and dill pickle. Topped with sliced apart hard boiled egg.

Southern Potato Salad

5 from 30 votes
This creamy southern potato salad is perfect for all your Summer BBQs. Made with tender potatoes, hardboiled eggs, dill pickle relish, in a tangy mayonnaise, mustard based dressing.
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Dutch oven filled with creamy Mac and cheese with wooden spoon to serve.

Stovetop Mac and Cheese

4.92 from 24 votes
Say goodbye to boxed mac and cheese with this Homemade Mac and Cheese recipe. This classic family favorite comes together on the stovetop in less than 30 minutes with simple ingredients.
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Serving bowl filled with creamy elote corn salad.

Elote Corn Salad

5 from 2 votes
Quick and easy, this elote corn salad comes together with fresh ingredients in a creamy, tangy dressing.
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Bowl filled with a creamy southern coleslaw served with wooden spoons.

Classic Southern Coleslaw

5 from 52 votes
This quick and easy classic Southern Coleslaw recipe comes together in minutes using only a handful ingredients. The cold, tangy flavors are perfect for pairing with some smokey BBQ meats.
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Dish of southern green beans topped with crispy bacon.

Southern Green Beans

5 from 3 votes
These Southern Style Green Beans are slow simmered in a broth of bacon, onion and garlic. These beans come out tender, flavorful and melt in your mouth tender. This comforting side dish will complement all of your favorite Southern style family meals.
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Overhead view of baking dish with baked beans, topped with fresh parsley as a garnish.

Favorite Baked Beans

5 from 1 vote
Favorite Baked Beans with Bacon! These are the baked beans that EVERYONE loves! Loaded with a sweet, brown sugar sauce and seasoned with black pepper bacon. These beans are the perfect side for all your BBQs
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Slices of cornbread being served with butter and a drizzle of honey.

Cornbread

5 from 3 votes
This buttermilk cornbread is tender, flavorful and sweetened with a little bit of honey. The perfect side dish for chilies and stews.
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