Oct 30, 2015

Touring Texas: BBQ Texas Style

Chuck and I had just gotten into Abilene and he was especially hungry.  He had talked of nothing except that he wanted some Texas BBQ.  He does love his South Carolina BBQ and the sauces, but just had to try some different BBQs. Join me today for a visit to two of them....

We looked at the list of restaurants in the local area and decided to go to Betty Rose's. We met these two wonderful people who were nothing but welcoming.

These two were explaining to we South Carolina folks all about their BBQ and how they made it. They even agreed to show me out back where they make it.

We tried the brisket and the pulled pork with sauces.  We also had mashed potato salad for the first time.  It was funny because we were so tired and looking on the bar for the potato salad.  It was right in front of us just mashed.  The sauce is different in Texas than South Carolina, it was a sweet peppery sauce.  We are so used to mustard based around here until it took a little getting used to theirs but it was good!
We did enjoy ourselves there even though we were something tired from the trip.

Unbeknownst to me Chuck had told The Wheeler's that he had to have him some Texas BBQ so they obliged and we had it a few times at their home. It was delicious too of course. They also wanted to take us to another BBQ place that they enjoyed so off we went.  They know the owners so it was a fun night for all of us.  Jimmie Ray and Susie went too!

Bubba's Smokehouse credit

Sliced Brisket credit

Texas has made me a lover of smoked brisket!  As a matter of fact my butcher here at home had a beautiful brisket and it had to go home with me.  The weather was awful here in SC so I slow cooked it in the oven with artificial smoke...it was good but I like it better smoked outside!

Chopped Brisket Sandwich credit

I don't know why I would be surprised at the amount of beef they ate, after all I was in Texas!  Duh, blonde/grey moment for me.  It was delicious!  I wish we had some here in South Carolina that would taste like theirs!

Sausage Plate credit

The sausage was good too. They have regular and Jalapeno sausage. Delicious! They also have pulled pork and pork ribs with delicious sides!

What we learned about the Texas BBQ was that it was Delicious!  Smokey!  Sweet and Peppery! They like beef more than pork and I now have an appreciation for brisket.  The talk of Texas as I saw it was Brisket!  

Hope you enjoyed this as much as I!  Wish we could pull it off the page and eat it!

If by chance you missed the other posts of Touring Texas
Links below 

What are the Odds? The story of meeting my dad's WWII Army Buddy
Touring Texas:  Frontier Texas with Mr. Wheeler in his Howard Hughes Cadillac!
Touring Texas:  Meeting the Wheelers
Touring Texas:  Let's Go to Buffalo Gap
Touring Texas: Jimmie Ray's Appaloosas
Touring Texas:  Randall The Cowboy Poet
Touring Texas:  On The Road In Texas 
Touring Texas: Fort Griffin Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp Big Nosed Kate and More


  1. Oh My Goodness! This has my mouth watering big time. I miss Texas BBQ!

    1. I'll bet you do miss it because it is so different! I find myself wanting some brisket right now!

  2. Oh- That sounds so good. We had never had mustard based BBQ until we were in the Carolinas and I fell in love with it. I bet Texas BBQ is wonderful, too..and how fun that you got to experience all different kinds of it there. Love your Texas stories, Dolly! xo Diana

    1. Diana, It was so darned good I wish I had some now! I'm almost finished with Texas stories but it has been fun. Thank you sweet friend! xo..Dolly

  3. I am drooling. I LOVE brisket - it's my favorite thing to get.

    How cool that you got to go in back and see stuff being cooked. I'd love to do that.

    I like a sweet sauce on my BBQ. I also like a sweet slaw. And I make mashed potato salad all the time.

    1. I love all of the sauces and each have a great use! Oh my now I LOVE the brisket!!! Those people were so nice and friendly, they just said hey come with me and I'll show you how we cook it!..Now you are making me hungry Kim with the slaw mashed potato salad talk! Love ya

  4. There sure are a lot of ways to BBQ! I had rub in Tennessee, there is vinegar based in Arkansas, we have a St Louis favorite Maull's BBQ sauce which is sweet and spicy, I've had mustard based that we put on pork and it goes on and on. I just love it when it falls apart and it is more like pulled meat. Sounds like you all had a great time.

    1. That's for sure and who knew? I didn't know for a long time that there were so many different types even in the same states...I'd love to come to your St. Louis and eat that BBQ! We did have a great time for sure!