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Brett’s Backyard Bar-B-Que

They've still got smoked sausage at Brett's, but the selection may be down these days.
Photograph By Daniel Vaughn

The offerings are piled high at Brett’s, which serves some of the most indulgent craft barbecue in Central Texas. From an extensive menu—baby back ribs, pork spareribs, chicken, brisket, pulled pork, four kinds of sausages, sandwiches, nine sides, dessert—a single plate can arrive with enough food to feed multiple mouths. The spot is known for brisket that is so tender and rich that even a few bites feel like enough. The Sunday special doesn’t disappoint either: slices of brisket wrapped in fluffy tortillas and topped with cotija cheese, jalapeños, and a squeeze of lime—a spot-on pairing of oak-infused fat and tangy spice. This festive, largely outdoor joint features a dining area with a stage for live music.


Method: Oak; offset smoker and direct-heat pit

Pitmaster: Brett Boren, 39; Braden Wallis, 22

Pro-tip: Don’t miss the Nutter Butter banana pudding and strawberry cobbler.

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 449 W. Cameron Ave, Rockdale, TX

Hours: Thur–Sun 11–sold out

Phone: 512-639-2736

Website: www.rockdalebarbque.com

Year Opened: 2018

Last updated: January 22, 2019