So during my trip to Texas, I had missed out on Brisket Boy’s Bar-B-Q when I passed through Elgin on the way to Austin. But I’m all about perseverance so of course I had to try again on my way back to Houston. And thank my lucky stars they were open on my return trip because wow, they serve some really good que. Don’t let its location between Meyer’s and Southside Market distract you. They may be bigger, they may be better known but they’re probably not tastier! Brisket Boy’s Bar-B-Q doesn’t have the star or name power, just great food.
I pulled into Brisket Boy’s about 11:30 am and scratched my head a bit because I was the only car in the lot. Nice sign out front, smoker, truck and a little gray building in back. As I got out of the car, I was greeted by Sean the owner. Wasn’t sure if he was open but yes, they recently had to make changes and were limited to Saturday and Sunday service. No problem, because I am ready to eat! Brisket Boy’s had a lot to choose from: two sausages, pork ribs, smoked turkey and of course, brisket. Being a piggy and on my way out of the state, I order up the four-meat plate ($14- 2 sides, drink) with jalapeno cheddar sausage and of course, add in some peach cobbler for dessert. They’ve got two coolers up front for lemonade and iced tea, so I pour myself a cup and head into the dining room building to hang loose.
Inside that little dining room, Brisket Boy’s has a couple of picnic tables scrawled with the names and tags of visitors. Roll of brown paper, some barbeque sauce and condiments, a bit different and certainly better than sitting outside under the sun! It takes about 10 minutes or so and Sean delivers up a heaping plate of meat and sides (potato salad, beans). What is different is there’s no white bread or pickle here! Not a problem because I’ve got lots to eat and don’t need fillers. And you should save your stomach for the good stuff here, because Brisket Boy’s does a fantastic job with their smoked meats. The sausage was plump, spicy and luscious with cheddar cheesiness which made it great. The brisket showed off a nice fat cap and didn’t have much grain, tender and delicious. The smoked turkey was moist and the pork ribs delicious with a simple rub and near falling off the bone tenderness. The tomato based que sauce added a hint of brightness and sweetness to the meat which was welcome. I pleased with all his meats and the potato salad was also excellent: creamy and fresh with thick chunks of potato. I wasn’t a huge of fan of the beans but that was the case for every place I tried during my Texas visit. The peach cobbler was also fantastic with nicely sweetened fruit and buttery cobbler crust for a great finish, yum!
While I had my meal, I got to chat with the owner Sean and how he came about into the que business. He’s been in Elgin for 20 years and felt the Big Brisket boys in town had really let their food quality suffer. And as a lover of brisket and que, he hoped to provide a better option! And with plans to head into Austin to grow his business, he’s ready to take on ATX. All I can say from what I tasted and enjoyed during my visit, he’s right up there for barbeque and brisket and wish him well. He puts out some great eats and meats with a lot of effort and love in his food. So if you are ever traveling through Elgin, look out for that Brisket Boy’s sign! Because when he sets up in Austin I’m guessing there’s going to be pretty long lines for his brisket, ribs and turkey. You have been warned, fellow foodies…
343 US 290
Elgin, TX 78621
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