Continuing our series on Texas Best BBQ, last Friday’s lunch stop in Central Texas took us to Corsicana, Texas. Corsicana is a city of about 25,000 in Central/North Texas. Along I-45, 2/3 the way from Houston to Dallas, Corsicana is a stop for many travelers making the 245 mile trip. Our stop ended at Clyde’s BBQ:
When it comes to Texas best BBQ, many times a minimalist attitude is king. Many of the best joints are holes-in-the-wall. Clyde’s BBQ in Corsicana, Texas fits the bill. As you can see from the pic above, it almost looks as if it was converted from a double wide. Inside, a sparse, but functional interior compliments this minimalist approach to best BBQ. There are about 6 tables to enjoy your lunch for those who wish to eat in. Plates are not served here. It is all to go containers, even if you eat in. The menu is limited. Again, very minimalist. Ribs, Brisket, and links are the only offerings. Same for the sides. Baked and Ranch Style Beans, Slaw, and Potato Salad. I stuck with my review menu (for this site at least) and had sliced Brisket with Ranch Style Beans and Potato Salad.
The Brisket was prepared wonderfully. Very, very tender, which tells me they take the time to slow cook as Brisket should. The smoke ring was not real defined: interesting, with the fact that it tasted great and Mesquite smokey. But the ring was not nearly as defined as it should be. The sauce was another interesting point. There really was not a BBQ sauce to speak of. It seems as if it was marinaded or cooked in this sauce-type au jois. I personally loved the approach. It was superbly tastey, without drowning the brisket in ancillary sauce. There are those hard cores which would tell you this is closer to what BBQ should be. Too many confuse BBQ with sauce….but it really is the Brisket and the process of cooking/smoking the meat. The serving of Brisket was overly healthy in portions. Good thing, I may have had to purchase seconds if it was not as large of a serving.
The sides were mixed. The Ranch Style Beans were OK. Not sure if they were store bought or not, they could have been. The potato salad, however, was a different story. Clearly home it was home made. A different tasting mustard style potato salad which was nearly the consistency of mashed potatoes. Very tasty. As I devoured my late lunch, one of the family brought in two huge buckets of the potato salad, confirming that it was home made, likely by a family member. This is no corporate resturaunt operation, but a true minimalist BBQ operation that can stand with most. Again, if you want the sauce, go elsewhere. But for more true BBQ lovers, this does qualify as one of Texas Best BBQ.
There were not many guest on this Friday. This is unfortunate. They are just 1/10 of a mile beyond all of the fast food joints on HWY 31 off of I-45. With just a little knowledge of this place (read hwy billboard), I am certain many would bypass the fast food hell and end up at Clyde’s. And the price, oh yeah, about 20% less than most BBQ joints (which are all over priced).
So try them out if you are ever in this area. I give Clyde’s bBQ, Corsicana, Texas a total of 8 out of 10 boots…..(I really need to find a boot icon for this portion of the post)