Moist Brisket from Texas BBQ House

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14: Moist Brisket from Texas BBQ House

When we've got a hankerin' for Texas Barbecue, and only Texas Barbecue, we head down to South Phoenix for eats at Texas BBQ House.

Owner Mike Pitt and his team of ex-Texans do 'que inspired by Lockhart, Texas, sold by the pound and served up on butcher paper on a plastic Pepsi tray. The emphasis is on the meat -- brisket, barbecued chicken, pork ribs, pork loin, chopped beef, regular and jalapeño sausage, and turkey -- all smoked over oak with family-recipe dry rub.

Where to begin? How 'bout the moist brisket.

The meat is wonderful -- tender, salty, and fatty, with a bit of crust. Savoring its slow-cooked, smoky flavor is best done without distractions like the homemade sauce and the burden of silverware, but if the mood hits you to squirt on a little sauce or to pack the meat, sandwich style, between two pieces of white bread along with, onions, pickles, and perhaps a pepper or two from the pepper bar, to each his own, son.

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Location Info

Texas BBQ House

5037 S. 24th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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#14!  That's awesome!!!  Totally agree.  Actually, it should be number one.  I just had some today and it is the BEST!

Steve R
Steve R

Come here at least once a week. Love the Lean brisket, turkey and the chicken the best. I've tried almost everything at this place and these guys can do no wrong. It seems that most great food places tend to be in some odd locations at times, but that adds fun to the discovery.


We tried this place for the very first time this past weekend and the only disappointing thing was it was been open for months and we have missed out on all the goodness up until now!  The brisket is AMAZING!  The name says it all, it is the most moist brisket I have ever had.  No knife needed, heck you dont even need a fork just eat it with your hands!  Delicious!


I have tried a few briskets and never liked them...too tough or too salty or to fatty! Mike convinced me to try his and as much as I hate to say it....he was right! But don't let him know I said that. It literally melts in your mouth....savory with just enough don't need the BBQ sauce but you won't be disappointed with the sauce either! But don't just stop at the brisket....the turkey is my sons favorite....we have to stop him after a pound and he's only 10!!! Great job guys! Now get more locations!!

Dominic Armato
Dominic Armato

"The meat is wonderful -- tender, salty, and fatty, with a bit of crust."

Weird. I stopped by a few weeks ago, and the first thing they did before slicing was remove all of the bark.  Needless to say, it was disappointing.  But I've been wanting to make a second pass.

High maintenance
High maintenance

I'm sure it is very good, but the fact that the building is joined with a Braid and Fade really grosses me out!


Dominic sorry disappointing or not thats the way the brisket is trimmed. If you want the bark then we can sell you the fat and all..... All you have to do is don't be shy and speak up. Most don't want it. Come back and try with it if you would like. We would be more than happy to serve it to you. Mike


If you give it a try you will not be disappointed!! Plus if you decide where you will eat based on what is next to it you are not a food lover...come adventurous!!!


Don't let it gross you out!!! There is two buildings with walls so not joined literally. Come out give it a try you will not be disappointed.

Mike Todd
Mike Todd

Interesting. When I've been served brisket in the high temples of CenTex BBQ (e.g., Kruez, Smitty's, City Market), it has come with dark crusty edges and the fatty bits, no questions asked, no special orders required. Some places will ask you if want lean or fatty, but I've never been asked if I wanted bark or no bark.

Dominic Armato
Dominic Armato

Hey, Mike!

Actually, before I even saw the brisket, the first thing I did was ask if you guys served burnt ends, or if I could get an outside cut, and she looked at me like I was speaking Latin  :-)

But I definitely intend to get back.  Thanks for the invite!

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