A Historic Texas Tradition is Easier to Bring to Your Kitchen Than You Think

No holiday table in the U.S. looks more unique than a Texan’s. While an apple-stuffed turkey is a New England tradition and a hotdish or two is a Midwestern tradition, you just can’t beat the variety of a Texan’s table. Tamales, kolaches, and cornbread are just a few of the classic Thanksgiving staples. Just about every family has their own spin on a recipe for the stovetop, but that doesn’t mean Texans aren’t master grillers, too. In fact, a Texan’s grilling powers are not revealed until it’s Thanksgiving morning when the turkey is on the grill. The turkey is just part of the show of a Texan’s table—there are a variety of smoked meats on the grill, and none represent the Lone Star State more than the meats from Southside Market & Barbeque.

Southside Market & Barbeque began in 1882 in Elgin, Texas on FM 1704 when founder William Moon began selling meat door to door from the back of a horse-drawn wagon. That tradition has continued to this day even as the owners of Southside Market & Barbeque changed hands during the 20th century.

After the Bracewells bought Southside Market & Barbeque in 1968, what Elgin really became known for was the Elgin Hot Guts, all beef sausage with cracked black pepper. The legend grows to this day, whether you’re a native Texan or not. And there really isn’t a meat more Texan than that.

So how can you have this taste of Texas at your own holiday dinners and parties this year? It’s easy. Southside Market & Barbeque has come a long way since William Moon’s wagon wheeling-and-dealing, and you can find the selection online. Here are our two favorite things that’ll be on our table this year.

1. Sausage Slammers

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Southside Market & Barbeque

What happens when you combine sausage, bacon, jalapeño, and cheese? The most delicious thing that’s ever come off the grill. Sausage Slammers keep your guests full until the brisket or turkey is finished resting, and make for the perfect size appetizer.

Made with Southside’s unforgettable house-made pork sausage, a fresh jalapeño is nestled inside and filled with real cheddar cheese. The whole roll is wrapped with bacon and smoked low and slow on real Texas post oak wood.

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Southside Market & Barbeque

Basically, this sausage tastes just like you made it at home yourself, and when you consider how easy it is to just slap these on the grill, you might just keep a package in the refrigerator at all times.

Each package of sausage includes three Sausage Slammers. And if you’re like us, you’ll be tempted to even eat them for breakfast. There’s bacon, right?

2. Taste of Texas Holiday Gift Set

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Southside Market & Barbeque

Texans know how to appreciate the appeal of a variety gift set, especially during the holiday season. Do you have fellow Texans spending the holidays out of state? Bet this gift set would make them smile. Or maybe you’re the kind of savvy holiday shopper that understands if you’re feeding a crowd, it’s best to go big or go home. Either way, the Taste of Texas Holiday Gift Set is for those who want to serve up an authentic Texas holiday meal hot off the grill.

The Taste of Texas Holiday Gift Set includes 1 package of Original Beef Sausage; 1 package of 1882 Hot Beef Sausage; 1 package of Jalapeño Cheddar Sausage; 1 package of Polish Sausage; 1 package of Garlic Pork Sausage; 1 package of Country Style Sausage; 1 brisket weighing between 4-5 pounds; one 18-ounce bottle of Original BBQ Sauce; and one 12-ounce bottle of Original Hot Sauce.

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Southside Market & Barbeque

This supreme Texas gift set serves about 14-16 adults, making it perfect for those holiday gatherings you’re throwing this year. Everyone will be asking you for the recipe, and all you have to say is that it’s from somewhere deep in the heart of Texas.

Is there anything more Texan than smoking a brisket for Thanksgiving or Christmas? Just don’t forget the pecan pie for dessert, served with a scoop of Blue Bell’s Homemade Vanilla on top, just like Grandma used to give you.

If you order from Southside Market & Barbeque between now and December 31, 2017, use the code WOM2017 to save 10% off any online purchase over $25, with no exclusions. Getting barbeque delivered to your door was never easier or tastier.

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