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Nat'l Barbecue Month: Texas BBQ And Its Huge Popularity

"Just as you’re better off not mentioning the Yankees to a Red Sox fan, it’s probably best not to proclaim your love for Texas beef to anyone from Tennessee." --Claire Suddath, TIME

Memphis pulled pork barbecue may be well-loved in Tennessee, but Texans have a barbecue preference of their own. Texas barbecue is usually a cowboy-style beef brisket. And to prove just how serious Texans are when it comes to their barbecue, The Texas A&M University offers workshops, camps, and "other educational efforts in the art and science of barbecue." 

Texas Beef Brisket. Courtesy: A Sweet Pea Chef

Lacey of A Sweet Pea Chef has a recipe for Texas-style beef brisket that you can make right in your own kitchen.

Texas Beef Brisket from A Sweet Pea Chef
2 cans Beef Consomme
½ cups Lemon Juice
1-½ cup Soy Sauce
5 cloves Chopped Garlic
2 Tablespoons Liquid Smoke
10 pounds Beef Brisket

The beef is marinated for up to 48 hours in the fridge and baked in the oven for up to 7 hours. The finished product is super tender beef that melts in your mouth!

Texas Beef Brisket. Courtesy: A Sweet Pea Chef

Though there are numerous bottled barbecue sauces in the market, making your own can be quite fulfilling. It could be a chore to get all the ingredients from the grocery, but the end product is definitely worth it. 

Texas Barbecue Sauce By The Brown Bag Review
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons American chili powder
1 teaspoon cumin powder
1 tablespoon of butter *
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 cup Lone Star beer (or any other lager). Drink any that is left over.
¼ cup ketchup
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons steak sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Hot sauce to taste (start with 2 teaspoons of Tabasco sauce for mild heat)
2 cups beef, veal, or chicken stock

Texas Barbecue Sauce. Courtesy: The Brown Bag Review

Texas beef brisket is usually paired with various side dishes including baked beans. Jelly Toast blog has an easy recipe for an open-faced sandwich for your beef brisket and baked beans fix.

Baked Bean Brisket Toast from Jelly Toast Blog
1 bun or 2 pieces soft white bread, toasted
1/2 cup baked beans, heated
1/4 - 1/2 cup brisket, heated
coleslaw (optional)

Baked Bean Brisket Toast. Courtesy: Jelly Toast Blog

TIP: Buttering the bread and toasting it will make it less soggy when you pile on the juicy brisket and baked beans. Place the bread on on a baking sheet lined with silicone mat, and pop in the oven for a few minutes until golden brown.

Know a Texas Barbecue lover? Sharing is CARING! :-)

Baked Bean Brisket Toast. Courtesy: Jelly Toast Blog

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