Texas Monthly recently released its Top 50 Best Barbecue Joints in Texas list.
Of all the lists of all the Barbecue joints in The Great Lone Star State, the annual Texas Monthly list is the Bible of Barbecue. With it comes faithful followers, heated discussions, non-believers and those who make their own interpretations.
Barbecue is such a personal choice for Texans. Some people like it fatty, some like it lean. Some don’t like it at all, bless their hearts. Sides are important to some people, some don’t even get them. The kind of wood you use, the kind of beans you make, the pickles you offer, how much you make, what kind of beer to serve and how you serve it – all these things contribute to the barbecue experience.
Snow’s in Lexington, Texas is ranked #1 for 2017.
It was a Friday night and I called Kathy (one of my lifelong best friends, travel buddy, partner in crime and fellow foodie) to say we were going on a Barbecue adventure the next day and we had to leave at 6:00 am. She was game, and the next morning we took off with Sookie in tow and headed South.
If you take a road trip going I-35 South and don’t stop for kolaches in West, then you didn’t take a road trip. It just doesn’t count. We did and that is deserving of being another blog post of its own.
After driving the highway and some back highways and a few country roads, we reached Snow’s around 9:30 in the morning.
Snow’s is only open on Saturdays from 8:00 am until they sell out. If you want to be sure to get some, you are going to be eating brisket for breakfast, and by God, there is nothing wrong with that.
There are very few tables inside. The tables outside are under a roof by the pits. There, you can watch Tootsie, the 84-year-old Pit Master, work her magic. Tootsie is my hero. Summer or Winter, she does some hard work. There are men half her age that would have trouble keeping up her pace. She sure knows what she is doing. You will love her for it.
Line up outside the small building in the front. You go in one door and out the other. First, you order the meat. It is sold by the pound and you can get as much or as little as you would like. They have
- Pork Spare Ribs
- Pork Shoulder Steak
- Turkey Breast
- Original Sausage
- Jalapeno Sausage
Then order the sides you pay for like potato salad, slaw or banana pudding. The beans, bread, and pickles slices are free. You ladle as much of the beans as you want out of the crock pot at the end of the line.
I don’t recall there being plates, but I didn’t care. We ate off the butcher paper covered tray like it was fine china with our plastic utensils.
Cooked with indirect heat with post oak, the brisket was tender and full of flavor with a nice crust. I love the ends and so did Sookie. The sausage is my favorite in all the word – original or jalapeno. The turkey was moist with a good but not overpowering smoke flavor. The beans were reminiscent of the ones Mamaw used to make, and that is a good thing.
The one odd thing that I have to mention is there is cattle buying and trading at the end of the street Snow’s is on. All during your meal, you hear cattle noises. It made my meat eating inner conflict anxious.
I have a lot of other BBQ places to try in Texas, but I am going back to Snow’s as soon as I can. You should too. And say HI! to Tootsie for me.
Snow’s BBQ, LLC
516 Main Street
Lexington, Texas 78947
Location: 30.41337, -97.00967