Tips for Hosting a Texas-Style Backyard BBQ

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Want to host a weekend BBQ with a difference? Why not try out a Texas-style BBQ and see how it compares to a good ol’ ‘shrimp on the barbie’ Australian affair?

Barbeque tradition runs deep in Texas. This post will give you some inspiration for the food, drinks and atmosphere of a traditional Texas BBQ – have some fun and see what all the fuss is about.

The Meat

smoked brisket

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Although the most popular cuts of meat vary according to region, beef and pork cuts are most common at Texas BBQs. Cost cutters will be happy to hear that the less expensive, tougher cuts are usually preferred, as these are perfect for slow-roasting, barbequing and smoking.

Popular meats include smoked beef brisket (a worldwide sensation), beef short ribs and German sausage. These are often served with homemade BBQ sauce and a range of side dishes.

How to Make Texas-Style Smoked Brisket

The Sides & Desserts

Typical side dishes include mac-n-cheese, potato salad, baked beans, fried okra and buttered white bread, as well as savoury condiments like cherry peppers, sliced onions, dilled pickles and jalapeno peppers.

In terms of dessert, peach/cherry/blackberry cobbler (similar to a crumble) with vanilla ice cream is a favourite.

The Drinks

texas bbq drinks

Popular non-alcoholic drinks include unsweetened iced tea (served with optional sugar) or homemade lemonade. Alcoholic beverages are usually beers or wine – opt for a hearty red wine (cabernet sauvignon or merlot) or a dark lager.

The Scene

If you really want to get your friends or family into the spirit of things, why not set the scene a little? You could get a red-checked tablecloth, use Western-style bandanas for napkins or give out sheriff badges. You can also pump some tongue-in-cheek ‘cowboy songs’ like Lyle Lovett’s “Don’t Touch My Hat”, “Long, Tall Texan”, and “That’s Right, You’re Not From Texas”.


This post includes information adapted from The Spruce, where you can find awesome information about anything and everything.