Throw a dart at a map of Texas, and you’ll no doubt hit a town worthy of exploring, whether for big city thrills or small-town adventures in the great wide open. No matter where that dart may land, you can bet your next meal there’s a mouthwatering barbecue joint (or two or three) along the way. The questions remain: Where to go and what to bring? No matter the destination, cue YETI. King of the road, trail, river, you name it, YETI is packing more than just legendary hard coolers to accompany your day trips and weekend getaways. Gear up, keep beverages ice cold, and be ready for wherever the map leads you, from city streets and rugged country roads to scenic lake shores or barbecue pit stops.

Urban Adventure Daytrip in DFW

YETI has you covered no matter your destination. (Photo by Travis Hallmark)

The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is teeming with to-dos to satisfy any urbanite, and it’s also an outdoor enthusiast’s hub hidden in a bustling oasis. The vibrant downtown dotted with Texas’ best eats is surrounded by trails, sports fields, rivers, and lakes; experience the best of both worlds on a Dallas daytrip. Hop a train, cruise a bike, or hit the streets to start downtown for all the barbecue you can eat, plus more for later, followed by an outdoor escape to Lewisville Lake for fishing, hiking,  and cooling off with a cold one. Before you hit the road, gear up for the adventure ahead with all your fishing tackle, outdoor wear, and more, easily stored in the YETI Crossroads Backpacks and duffels, sized to fit all adventures. Rod? Reel? You’re ready. 

Explore the trails and then explore BBQ joints with YETI.

Fuel up with a hearty lunch of spicy sausage, crisp coleslaw, and perfectly smoked chicken at any of DFW’s famed barbecue spots. Find out Texas Monthlys favorite spots here. Don’t worry if your eyes are bigger than your stomach. Grab an extra helping or two of sliced brisket for leftovers (See below for leftover tips!). Doggie bags are out. Stash eats to-go in the leakproof, ice-for-days portable YETI Hopper M30 Soft Cooler.

Next up, head 20 miles north to Lewisville Lake to find massive striper and largemouth and spotted bass worthy of a great fishing tale. Settle in away from the crowds—with more than 30,000 acres it’s easy to find some solitude—and sip a cool beverage kept ice cold in the ultimate day cooler, the YETI Hopper M30, and take in the scenic lakeside views. Cheers to a day well spent.

Keep those leftovers fresh with YETI’s Hopper M30 cooler.(Photo by Travis Hallmark)

Eats and Drinks in Dripping Springs

Looking to make a weekend of it? Tucked away in the Texas Hill Country just 25 miles west of Austin, Dripping Springs is the perfect break from the big city. This charming rural hub is jam-packed with small-town charm, natural wonders, and endless breweries and wineries that pair perfectly with a serving or two of smoky barbecue found throughout town. Plan a weekend retreat to this Hill Country haven, best experienced on a wine and beer tour followed by a night at a bed and breakfast in the Historic Downtown.

YETI bags stow your gear and leftovers as you journey across Texas to see all top 50 joints.

The Dripping Springs Wine Trail takes vino lovers on a scenic tour of the region’s best wineries with sweeping views of the stunning Hill Country. Satisfy the brew lovers by adding in a stop or two at one of the celebrated breweries, cideries, and distilleries. Once you’ve savored Texas’ grapes, bring home your favorite vintages safely stowed away in the YETI Camino tote bag. The divider panels and zippers separate your bag into distinct sections: Wine, gear, and more. Next on the day’s agenda is finding that perfect slab of barbecue to kick off the night ahead. Make sure you pack that pearl snap and a pair of dancing shoes, which in Texas is always cowboy boots. Head on over to Mercer Dancehall to Texas two-step the night away.

Good Eats, Part Two: Brisket Hash

Sometimes the brisket is so good you can’t help but tear into it on the way back from the restaurant. Luckily, with your YETI Hopper M30 Soft Cooler you can store enough leftover brisket to enjoy an entire new take on BBQ when you get home. Its superior insulation and high-density waterproof fabric have no doubt kept your extra sliced, smoked brisket as good as the moment it was pulled off the pit, but that doesn’t mean we can’t innovate. Superior ingredients lead to superior results.

Order as much brisket as you want–you can bring it home in a YETI Hopper M30.

With the cooler weather coming, it’s time to introduce some nice root vegetables to the best smoked brisket Texas has to offer. Grab some sweet potatoes, some red onion, some poblano if you can handle some heat, and the leftover brisket. Dice all the ingredients up, keeping the sweet potatoes and brisket in larger cubes. Par cook those sweet potatoes in some salted boiling water with just a dash of vinegar. Remove the sweet potatoes from the water and put them on some paper towels to pat dry.

In a skillet, toss in your cooking fat of choice (butter, olive oil, etc.) and let those onions and peppers get going. After the aromatics have had a head start, ease in your sweet potatoes and let them go until they start to get some color. Season to taste with salt and pepper. When your potatoes are looking nicely browned and tender, fold in your brisket to warm it up. The pitmaster already cooked this brisket to perfection—we’re just taking the chill off. If you’re really feeling adventurous, add a fried egg on top. Who said leftovers? This is going to be all gone in a hurry!