One of the great discoveries on our recent East Texas BBQ Tour was the brother-in-law sandwich at Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q in Tyler, the first stop on our four-joint tour.

Several of us went directly for the 4-meat sampler, no sides, as a way to quickly judge the long-time barbeque joint. Fortunately, a couple of our posse members ordered and loved the brother-in-law sandwich, not your everyday BBQ sandwich.

Author David Gelin writes a great description of the infamous sandwich in his book, “BBQ Joints: Stories and Secret Recipes from the Barbeque Belt.”

“STANLEY’S FAMOUS BROTHER-IN-LAW HOT LINK, BUTTERFLIED. Grill that bad boy on the flat side, then the round side. Toast a bun of your liking until lightly browned. Lay a piece of good ol’ American cheese on the bottom bun and, in ascending order, place link, sauce, chopped beef brisket, sauce and top bun.”

I think it’s time for another road trip to Tyler, my brother-in-law is calling……

Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, 525 S. Beckham Ave., Tyler, Texas. Open Monday – Friday 7 am-2 pm, Saturday 11 am-til the meat runs out.

(Photos by Michael Hamtil & Guy Reynolds)

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Gary Barber

9 years ago

That sandwich sounds heavenly, I really wish I had been able to make that trip.




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