Of all things, 407BBQ has also turned into a great hamburger grill.
Contest winner Bryan McLarty’s old barbecue trailer is now a barbecue-and-burger restaurant with a great Texas address:
“On a farm road east of the interstate near the gun store.”
The new 407BBQ is 1 mile east of the old original location, at first a trailer at a landmark liquor store in Denton County north of Texas Motor Speedway.
The menu still includes contest-quality smoked brisket, ribs, sausage, ham, turkey, chicken, bologna and — a less common item — smoked meatloaf.
But do not miss the new additions: a house-ground brisket burger or jalapeno brisket burger.
Yes, I know what you’re going to say. Heim Barbecue has a great brisket burger. And it does.
But 407BBQ steps up its game with a ground brisket burger that’s laced with chopped jalapenos and then seasoned and smoked all over again ($9.50).
The result is a smoked burger with a great jalapeno flavor.
I added sauce, pickles and sriracha mustard. Some diners prefer A.1. Sauce.
There’s also a regular double-smoked brisket burger ($9). Both burgers are served on the now-familiar sweet-sourdough buns.
If you’re not in the burger or brisket mood, try one of 407BBQ’s specialty sandwiches ($11.50): a “boss hawg” or “burning pig” with pulled pork or sausage and jalapenos, or a turkey-and-swiss.
For side items, there are baked potatoes (big enough for an entree), plus mac-and-cheese, baked beans, green-chile creamed corn and the usual okra, slaw or potato salad.
Word gets around. One day this week,an owner of Kansas City’s 80-year-old Tenderloin Grill, known for pig-snoot sandwiches, was in 407BBQ grabbing some Texas brisket to take home.
There’s a simple but large dining room now, barely big enough to hold the waiting line some days.