Casstevens Cash & Carry

11025 E. FM 917
Lillian, TX 76061

Phone: 817-790-2545
Hours: Mon-€“Sat 5:30 a.m.-€“8 p.m., Sun 7 a.m.-€“8 p.m.

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TMBBQ Rating: 3

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May 21, 2008

Though several tables have been added since we last wrote about this obscure gem at a Diamond Shamrock station (there’s no sign outside to advertise the unbelievably good ’cue within), it’s still hard to snag a seat at Casstevens. The reason? Mesquite-smoked meats, including thick hunks of brisket that are generously rubbed with garlic, salt, and pepper before they’re left to blacken in the two huge pits for fifteen hours.

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Flavorful and perfect cut of brisket, nice blackened crisp edge and the meat moist, but the sauce was weak and tasted like something from a jar. Sausage was moist and flavor was good but casing was left on in the sandwich & so tough it made it almost indelible. Not much meat on the sandwich which necessitates upgrading to Big Boy a requirement not an option. Buns were doughy. Table was sticky and cig butts in ashtray on table when we sat down. Not impressed and shouldn't be on the list. Doesn't make the journey the whole way from pit to mouth
C Rankin @ Casstevens Cash & Carry, 2014-04-19 19:39:22
Shockingly good brisket in a gas station in the middle of nowhere!!!
Rick Toumbs @ Casstevens Cash & Carry, 2013-11-30 00:29:14
Very best food I have ate in a long time for commercial BBQ . OUTSTANDING SERVICE
triplebq @ Casstevens Cash & Carry, 2013-01-17 12:38:55
Decent but not stellar. Mental lapse not asking for sauce on side. Sauce was ok, but not my face. WARNING: Ribs only on Fridays. I had to settle for sliced beef, sausage and turkey. All passable and beef had promise if not buried in sauce. Bottom line: Have had better BBQ at places not on TX Monthly list.
ldiablo @ Casstevens Cash & Carry, 2012-12-06 11:59:06
Surprisingly good brisket and equally good ribs from a gas station BBQ joint. Worth the trip to nowhere!
BBQ_Addict @ Casstevens Cash & Carry, 2012-10-12 23:45:20
We got the sliced and chopped brisket. Potato salad was decent. Also... The sauce was good. Couldn't beat washing it down with a huge glass of Big Red from the fountain!
strangecody @ Casstevens Cash & Carry, 2012-07-31 15:41:01
Not bad .. Im a ribs girl but they only have ribs here on Friday and today is Tuesday .. so I had the brisket not to dry and the crust had a kick .. The beans were ehh but the potato salad was pretty darned good ! Glad I stopped
luvbbq_ @ Casstevens Cash & Carry, 2012-07-31 12:43:52
Not impressed brisket was tough no smoke no flavor sausage was decent bologna she pulled from fridge and nuked it ten places in fort worth are better don't know why this is on the tips list .............
doug_wallace @ Casstevens Cash & Carry, 2012-07-02 12:46:22
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Review

September 26, 2009

Two trips in two years, and it was pouring down rain both times. I guess the sun shines in Lillian, I just haven’t seen it. It’s not like you pass through a place like Lillian. With Cedar Hill State Park to the east and nothing to the west, it’s not easily accessible, but BBQ from Casstevens can make the trip worth your while.

Friday is rib day, so on a Saturday morning, I was surprised to find ribs available. They were most definitely from the night before, and I got the last remaining half rack. The rack had a rich black crust, and the meat had developed a deep smokiness evident in every chunk of meat that fell from the bone. And fall it did. After such long storage, the texture of this well seasoned meat was a bit mealy, but I knew what I was getting into when I ordered it.

Brisket was a mixture of sliced, pulled, and chunked portions of the meat. It had a great smoke ring beneath bits of thick black crust. The meat was tender and very moist from the well-rendered fat. A robust smoky flavor from the hickory smoke was a welcome addition to the salty rub. The hot link wasn’t particularly notable, but it was a good peppery version with plenty of heat. Overall, the meats all had great flavor, and I’m sure the ribs would have been nearly perfect if they were fresh. It may not be on the way to anywhere, but I’ll find a reason to make a pit stop in Lillian for more of this great ‘cue.

(This review originally appeared on Full Custom Gospel BBQ.)

Comments

7 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    You gotta wonder if they will stay in business …

  • Anonymous says:

    It sounds like this joint is worthy of a nice motorcycle ride for some Q in the country…….

  • Anonymous says:

    WELL I WORK THERE SO THANKS FOR THE GREAT WORDS !!! AND YES WE ARE STILL IN BUSINESS AND PLAN TO STAY THAT WAY !!!

  • Anonymous says:

    they are here to stay.Not going anywhere.they have added new products.should check it out.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m a Casstevens so I was curious about this place. I tried it today and WOW, I thought the BBQ was great! I had the brisket and it was tender, lean and the flavor was wonderful. I will be taking a bike ride back for more!

  • Sara says:

    Trust me, they will stay in business – they have been in business since I was a small child. I was raised up on casstevens bbq and I recommend it and convert people to it every day! Completely amazing and highly addictive – if I could afford to, I would eat there EVERYDAY

  • Ben in Texas says:

    Well, just so you know. Since Casstevens himself retired and sold out there have been changes. Finally the current owners have gotten the recipe back to the old standard.

    BUT there have been financial issues and the rumor mill has it that they are hurting for cash ( quit selling gas cause they couldn’t afford to pay for it)

    So get it while you can before this Texas Institution is gone.

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