The neon sign in the dining room may say “Local,” but 1701 Barbecue is more like an embassy for Central Texas in Beaumont, thanks to offerings such as juicy, snappy, coarse-ground sausage and freshly made peach cobbler. Though any visitor to Beaumont should sample the region’s meaty specialties, such as beef links and smoked boudin, 1701 offers the best brisket and pork ribs in southeast Texas. The juicy brisket sports a thick crust, and the pork ribs are just sweet enough. The turkey isn’t to be missed either. A sweet-jalapeño-relish potato salad and a cilantro slaw help break up the meaty meal. If you’re stuck in a long line, grab a Shiner and enjoy the company.
Method: Post oak; offset smoker
Pitmaster: Blue Broussard, 37; Travis Cox, 38; Jacob Golmon, 37; Derek Ray, 35; Colton Savoie, 19; Gage Stark, 18
Pro-tip: Come early—this joint often sells out well before 2 p.m.
The Beaumont restaurant serves Central Texas–style barbecue, including impressive brisket and painstakingly developed sausage.