I’ve made a couple of trips over the years down to Texas for a run at some of the best BBQ in the country. From the well known joints to mom and pop places in every small town, Texas has some great BBQ! Unfortunately, this isn’t a blog about BBQ. Fortunately though, many of the best places in Texas also have great beef sausage.
Today we are going to review Snow’s BBQ Smoked Jalapeno Sausage. In the interest of full disclosure, I order my brisket from Snow’s and I happen to think they have the best brisket in Texas and I’m far from alone in that belief. Kerry, the owner, generously sent me some links of both their jalapeno and their regular smoked and since it was the one item on their menu I had not sampled in the past (which was kind of odd), I was greatly looking forward to giving this a try.
Here’s a little about Snow’s from their website. Best BBQ in Texas? You betcha.
Kerry Bexley, owner of Snow’s BBQ, knew there was a demand for good BBQ in the small town of Lexington with a population of only 1100 people. Lexington has always been known for its Saturday BBQ. It’s just a tradition! Kerry and Ms. Tootsie Tomanetz, pit boss, discussed the possibilities in the late 90’s of opening a BBQ joint, but took no action until several years later. Click here to read more
Pictured above are the jalapeno links looking fresh off the smoker. If you’ve never had the opportunity to visit some of the best smoke houses in Texas let me try and explain the sausage. It’s almost always beef with a thick casing. Spiced with either jalapeno and/or heavy black pepper and some cheese tossed in from time to time. It’s a very hardy, smoky sausage and it tends to run lean so while the grind is course and the sausage seems to be well packed, once you bite into it, it has a much looser mouth feel then you get with typical pork sausages.
So on to Snow’s Jalapeno Sausage links. These are classic beef smoke house links with little fat, big flavor, and plenty of the right kind of heat provided by flakes of jalapeno so generously spread throughout that even a blind man can see them. None of the fake heat you get from some products, Snow’s is a perfect example of jalapeno beef sausage done right.
This is a great product that speaks to the roots of smoke house sausage in Texas. Get some and, trust me on this, get some brisket while you’re at it.