A Brief History of Texas Brisket - My Version

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dave schiller

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Texas BBQ means smoked brisket.  Maybe some sausage or pork, but primarily brisket.  So how did brisket become what it is?  Well, after reading a bit, I've come up with my understanding.

Smoked brisket doesn't have a long history.  I think it evolved during the heyday of oil drilling in the region, maybe 75-100 years ago.  There were lots of oil workers who had welding skills and there were lots of leftover oil barrels and sections of large pipe.  Add to this a lot of cows.  Maybe the workers weren't paid the highest wages and the cheapest cuts were briskets.  Unfortunately, these cuts required a long, slow cook to make it palatable.  Workers fabricated smokers from the available metals to make smokers to do the job.

And so the tradition began and evolved into what it is today.  Your thoughts?
 
Never heard that one, but I like it!  Definitely works for West Texas. 

The Europeans (Germans and Czechs) lay claim to the origins of brisket in Central Texas that goes back to the mid-19th century.

African-Americans lay claim to East Texas brisket Q; poor cuts of left over meats.

Mexicans lay claim to South Texas brisket and barbacoa. 

Regardless, no pay or low pay definitely was in all the situations.  I've eaten Q all over the country, and Texas Q is still my favorite in ALL it's forms. 
 
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