Photo of briskets at 2M Smokehouse

Briskets on the smoker at 2M Smokehouse in San Antonio.

With all the hullabaloo over the online release of Texas Monthly’s Top 50 barbecue joints early this week, the print edition of the magazine still contained a nice surprise when it arrived Thursday: a list of the top 10 brisket joints in Texas.

While seven of them are also among TM’s overall Top 10, three are not, including 2M Smokehouse in San Antonio.

Regular readers will remember that Chris Wilkins and I raved about 2M after our first visit there earlier this year. I even argued that it might be the best joint in the state. And we ranked that visit right up there with our first visit to Snow’s BBQ and Aaron Franklin’s original trailer.

The brisket list appears at the back of the Texas Monthly/Yeti “passport” to barbecue joints, a promotional insert in hard copies of the magazine.

Top 10 brisket joints

—2M Smokehouse, San Antonio
—Bodacious Bar-B-Q, Longview
—Cattleack Barbeque, Dallas
—Corkscrew BBQ, Spring
—Evie Mae’s Pit Barbeque, Wolfforth
—Franklin Barbecue, Austin
—Freedmen’s, Austin
—La Barbecue, Austin
—Snow’s BBQ, Lexington
—Truth Barbeque, Brenham

In addition to 2M, others not among the magazine’s overall Top 10 are Freedmen’s and La Barbecue. Snow’s, of course, was rated #1 overall by TM.

Looking at the top 10 brisket joints, and considering that Micklethwait Craft Meats and Stiles Switch BBQ are in the same league, Austin is indeed the brisket capital of Texas.

The passport also has a Top 10 list for sausage:

—Bodacious
—City Market, Luling
—Hay’s Co. Bar-B-Que, San Marcos
—Jaw’s Bar-B-Que, Port Arthur
—Kreuz Market, Lockhart
—La Barbecue
—Louie Mueller Barbecue, Taylor
—Micklethwait Craft Meats, Austin
—Southside Market, Elgin
—Vincek’s Smokehouse, Bernard

Jaw’s, Southside and Vincek’s didn’t make the Top 50 overall. . .Bodacious and La Barbecue are the only joints on both top 10 lists.

Let’s hope the magazine puts out Top 10 lists for pork ribs and other meats, too.

Photo of briskets at 2M Smokehouse

2M Smokehouse co-owner Joe Melig checks briskets on the smoker at the San Antonio BBQ joint. (Photos ©Michael Ainsworth)

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