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16 Texas BBQ Recipes

These 16 Texas BBQ Recipes will keep your taste buds happy all year long. This style of BBQ brings so much flavor to the table. Here you’ll find savory brisket, mouth-watering ribs, and the recipes featured here will satisfy any meat lover’s cravings. Whether hosting a summer cookout or just looking to satisfy your hunger, these Texas BBQ recipes will not disappoint!

15 Texas BBQ recipes

What is Real Texas Barbecue?

Texas barbecue is just one of many types of cuisine born out of indigenous and immigrant traditions. This BBQ style is hardly monolithic and varies from region to region. Texas barbecue is best described as genuine hospitality meets smoked brisket, plate ribs, pork, and beef sausage. You’ll also find mustard-rich potato salads, slaw, white bread, okra, ranch beans, and creamed corn on the menu. Whether you serve your Q with fresh pickles, collard greens, or pecan pie, trust that it will be a delicious experience.

4 Texas BBQ Styles

4 Types of Texas Barbecue Traditions

  • Central Texas Barbecue: Is made up of amazing brisket and beef ribs seasoned with SPG (salt, black pepper, and garlic powder), then cooked low and slow over indirect heat. If you’re ever in Austin, you’ll know what we mean!
  •  In East Texas, it’s all about tenderness. Here you’ll find fall-off-the-bone pork ribs and moist, tender brisket sandwiches.
  •  South Texas is home to Tex-Mex pit-cooking cuisines like carne asada and barbacoa.
  •  West Texas Barbecue focuses on hot and fast grilling of meats like sausages, ribs, steaks, and chicken. Now, let’s get started exploring these 16 Texas BBQ recipes!
Beef Brisket

1) Smoked Brisket

According to Texas pitmasters, smoked beef brisket is the ultimate barbecue art form. This comprehensive how-to guide will walk you through the steps for perfecting this popular Texan staple. Our method will yield a tender, juicy, perfectly smoked brisket. So, if you’re looking for a Texas-style brisket recipe, grab some wood chips, butcher paper, and let’s get ready to roll!

Texas Creamed Corn

2) Texas Creamed Corn

If you’ve ever visited or lived in Texas, you know that creamed corn is a big deal. Why wouldn’t it be? It’s rich and creamy, with the perfect sweet crunch of corn. Add this side dish to your BBQ menu or serve it as part of a delicious Sunday dinner.

Texas-Style Barbecue Sauce

3) Texas-Style BBQ Sauce

This Texas barbecue sauce has a deep, rich flavor that goes well with beef. The best part about this sauce is that it isn’t overly sweet, and there are options to make it completely sugar-free! We recommend serving this robust Texas-style BBQ sauce with smoked brisket. You’ll be glad you did!

Smoked Beef Plate Ribs

4) Smoked Beef Plate Ribs

Smoked Beef Plate Ribs are tender, beefy, and mouthwatering. These flavorful beef plate ribs are seasoned with a flavorful dry rub and pack a generous helping of meat per bone. Each of these smoked beef ribs will feed two people and can weigh 1-2 pounds each. Wow! Get your smoker ready for this one.

Texas Potato Salad

5) Texas Potato Salad

An easy, homemade Texas potato salad dressed in creamy mayonnaise, tart mustard, and a spicy kick of pickled jalapenos. Truly a delicious side dish for potlucks, BBQs, and weeknight meals.


6) Smoked Chorizo Queso

This rich and decadent dip features a delicious blend of cheeses, spicy chorizo, smoked brisket, and a perfect mix of seasonings. It is then smoked to perfection and garnished before serving. If you’re in the mood for Tex-Mex, this smoked chorizo queso will satisfy your cravings!

pulled pork before wrapping

7) Smoked Pulled Pork

This pulled pork method starts with an injection marinade, followed by a good dose of spices to form a beautiful bark on the surface of the roast. Plan on a cooking time of 7-10 hours or more for a 6-8 pound pork roast. You’ll end up with a tender, juicy pulled pork perfect for sandwiches and tastes out of this world!

Texas Style Pulled Pork Rub

8) Texas Pulled Pork Rub

Sure, Texas is famous for its Brisket, but they have so much more going on in terms of barbecue. This Texas BBQ pulled pork rub strikes the perfect balance of sweetness and heat. This recipe makes enough for one pork shoulder. Remember to adjust the amount of cayenne pepper in this recipe to suit your taste buds.

Pellet Smoked Beef Tri-Tip

9) Smoked Tri Tip

There are few things better than a smoked tri-tip roast. If you are unfamiliar with this cut of meat, it is also known as a triangle roast. This cut of beef lends itself well to both simple and complex flavor profiles. 


10) SPG for Beef

This amazing Texas BBQ SPG beef rub requires few ingredients yet adds flavor to smoked, grilled, and pan-seared meat. Our rub is ideal for those who want the natural beefy flavor of their smoked brisket to shine through. Increase the recipe and store it for future cooks. 


11) Skillet Cornbread

Cornbread is a versatile dish that can be prepared and served differently. Enjoy a warm slice with a little honey butter drizzled on top. Or, make a savory Tex-Mex version and serve with a warm bowl of chili. We’ve heard rumors that this batter makes some drool-worthy waffles.

Seasoning Ribs

12) Texas BBQ Pork Rib Rub

Yes, Texans specialize in pork ribs and have for a very long time. While Texas BBQ joints are famous for beef ribs and brisket, you’ll also find dry-rubbed (and saucy) pork ribs on the menu. This Texas Pork Rib Rub strikes the perfect balance between sweet and heat with ingredients like brown sugar, cayenne pepper, and chili powder.

Pellet Cowboy Steak

13) Cowboy Steak

There is nothing more rewarding than biting into a perfectly cooked cowboy style steak. And even better, we take these bad boys to the pellet grill for a low and slow cook, then reverse sear them to form a deliciously savory crust. This Texas BBQ inspired steak made an impression on us, and honestly, it is one of the best we’ve ever had.

Fire Roasted Salsa

14) Fire Roasted Salsa

This Fire Roasted Salsa starts over hot coals and is a great way to infuse an open flame flavor into the tomatoes, onions, and chilies. This salsa recipe is simple and a great starting point for beginner cooks. It’s also perfect for those exploring South Texas BBQ. 

Quick and Easy Steak Tacos - texas bbq

15) Grilled Steak Tacos

These steak tacos are perfect for weeknight grilling. The steak is marinated, grilled hot and fast, sliced, and then served on warmed tortillas. Top with fresh guacamole, queso, pico de gallo, and cotija cheese for a delicious meal. 

Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce

16) Easy Dr. Pepper BBQ Sauce

Dr. Pepper adds a nice sweet base to any barbecue sauce. This recipe yields a thick, delicious, and perfect sauce to slather on beef, chicken, pork, and even slow-smoked lamb. Make a double batch and serve this Dr. Pepper barbecue sauce at the table. That way, your loved ones can enjoy a little extra. This sauce is a great addition to any barbecue meal and is the perfect condiment for those die-hard Dr. Pepper fans.

Now that you’ve read through these 16 Texas BBQ Recipes, it’s time to get cooking!

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