Two things Texans do bigger and better than everyone else: football and BBQ. And with Super Sunday quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to eat on the big day.

Football party food needs to be delicious, graze-able, and hearty enough to hold up through the all-day event of pre-game traditions, all those commercials, and end of game celebrations. For us, there’s no better food than BBQ: you can put smoked meat in between bread, on a tortilla, build nachos, or just snack on delicious brisket, ribs, sausage, and turkey. The sides are perfect for a crowd, and we guarantee there’s a great joint nearby that would be happy to provide the food for your party.

At Goodstock by Nolan Ryan, we believe that truly great BBQ—whether it sticks to the basics or goes off the wall to stand out with new flavors and combinations—must be built on quality local Texas beef. Read on for a list of restaurants that specialize in catering for the big game. And for more information on these restaurants and others, visit our Restaurant partners map.

Houston Area

Courtesy of 3rd Coast BBQ

3rd Coast BBQ

This Spring, TX Joint hangs its hat on its amazing “TeXas craft BBQ,” especially the impeccably smoked briskets you can order for your big game viewing party. But you can also get a variety of flavors that represent the 3rd (aka Gulf) Coast, like fresh seafood, gumbo, and even soothing soul food and tacos. Order a variety of dishes for a culinary experience that is sure to please the wide range of palettes that will gather for your feast.

Fire Craft BBQ

Fire Craft BBQ

This Kingwood standout Joint offers a Family Pack that’s perfect to feed your crowd with hearty portions of two meat choices (we recommend the Goodstock Prime Black Angus brisket and dry-brined pork spareribs), plus four side dishes. Choose from a selection of BBQ classics or go off the beaten path with squash casserole, garlicky parmesan cauliflower, Cajun dirty rice, or jalapeno corn spoonbread. Dessert offers a similar choice between classic cobblers and Southern Banana Pudding, or the decadently inventive White Chocolate Bread Pudding.

Courtesy of Nathan’s BBQ

Nathan’s BBQ

Nathan’s Family Paks make it easy to feed a crowd with Old School BBQ cooked the Texas Way.  Keep it classic with smoky brisket and sausage, complemented by potato salad, baked beans, and cole slaw. Don’t miss out on their home style desserts like banana pudding, cobblers, cakes, and cookies that will guarantee a sweet ending to the football season.

Dallas-Fort Worth Area

Courtesy of Patriotic Pig Smokehouse

Patriotic Pig Smokehouse

After getting its start as a catering operation, you can bet this North Richland Hills smokehouse is a stellar option to feed your friends and family, no matter how many people are gathering. Build your perfect spread with a variety of incredible smoked meats and sides plus dinner rolls and BBQ sauce. The Goodstock Prime brisket is a must, as are their Loaded Mashed Potatoes, Bacon Green Beans, Burnt End Beans, and Deviled Egg Potato Salad. Dessert options are highlighted by three styles of cheesecake, in addition to peach cobbler, banana pudding, and key lime or pecan pie.

Slow Bone BBQ

Slow Bone BBQ

This Dallas Top 50 Joint will make your football celebration memorable, no matter how the game itself turns out. Customize a spread with a combination of perfectly smoked Goodstock Prime brisket, smoked turkey breast, or any of their other delicious smoked meats, flavorful sides like sweet potato praline, green bean casserole, and their divine honey butter cornbread. Don’t count on having any leftovers!

Back Forty Smokehouse

Back Forty Smokehouse

This classic smokehouse is located right by the new Tex Rail train in historical Smithfield (now on the outskirts of Fort Worth) and offers a full catering service year-round so it’s perfect for your big game party. With a menu including Goodstock Prime brisket smoked to perfection, boneless turkey breast, pork ribs, two types of sausage and loads of house-made sides like Jalapeño Mac & Cheese, Sweet Ranch Beans, and Okra, plus a family style dessert, you can’t go wrong.

West Texas

Pachuco’s BBQ

Pachuco’s BBQ

This Joint has gained a cult following for its diverse world of flavors in addition to the outstanding ‘que they put out, and the variety offers a little something for everyone at your party. The local Texas Angus brisket from Goodstock by Nolan Ryan leads the Texas Trinity, plus Pulled Pork, and Turkey. The sides are where you can really explore different flavors, but don’t miss the host of sides with a Mexican twist like Chorizo Greens, Hatch Mac, and Elote. Finish up with a local delicacy for dessert – you’ve never tasted anything quite like the Banana Puddin’ Cheesecake they source from Midland’s own Texas Fudge, made with real banana and homemade pudding.

Courtesy of Rejino Barbeque & Market

Rejino Barbeque & Market

This small town BBQ Joint on the South Texas Plains offers a Texas Trinity Family Mixed Platter chock full of premium smoked meats including Goodstock brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, and handmade sausage. Add a mix of sides like Green Chile Cream Corn, Classic Mustard Potato Salad, and amazing Pinto Beans. None of the desserts will steer you wrong, but the Pecan Cream Pie will take your breath away!

Central Texas

Courtesy of LJ’s BBQ


This Top 50 Joint in Brenham helped get their start by selling on the sidewalk of Home Sweet Farm Biergarten in downtown Brenham, and serving a crowd is part of their DNA. Serve your guests LJ’s mouth-watering local Texas Goodstock Angus beef brisket, pork ribs, and turkey, plus their famous Buttermilk & Bacon potato salad, Mac N’ Cheese, and Cole Slaw. Finish up with some blueberry cobbler and everyone will leave happy.

Courtesy of JNL Barbecue

JNL Barbecue

Among the densely populated Austin BBQ scene sits a trailer started by an 8th generation Texan with an unsurpassed commitment to delivering quality smoked meats and sides. For your football feast, order a brisket that is Texas through and through, sourced from local ranches and smoked to juicy perfection and pair it with your choice of classic BBQ sides like Mom’s Green Beans and Mac & Cheese. Rum Banana Pudding provides a stellar finishing touch to your season-ending celebration.

South Texas

Courtesy of Meats & Sweets

Meats & Sweets

As the name suggests, this Rio Grande Valley Joint in Lyford specializes in home-style smoked meats and crowd-pleasing baked goods and desserts. They can cater your gathering with a whole smoked Goodstock brisket to go with South Texas classics on the side and fresh baked goodies for the perfect ending to your meal. Call 956-347-4048 to place an order.

BONUS: Anywhere in the Country!

Courtesy of Southside Market & BBQ

Southside Market & BBQ

Southside Market & BBQ, the oldest Joint in the state, is the very definition of classic Texas BBQ. If you’re hosting a party outside the Lone Star state–or you just want to send some iconic Texas beef flavor to friends and family anywhere in the country–you can ship a Goodstock Angus brisket smoked by the pros at Southside Market.