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

More Reviews

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.

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

  • Anonymous

    You gotta wonder if they will stay in business …

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    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

    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

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09068952818736489066 Ben in Texas

    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.