A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from August 30, 2008
Texas Trinity (brisket/ribs/sausage; mustard/mayo/pickles)

Louisiana cuisine has its “Holy Trinity” of onions, celery and bell peppers. There is no single “Texas trinity” of food, but both “brisket, ribs and sausage” and “mustard, mayo and pickles” have been suggested. The “Texas trinity” of brisket towns is said to be Luling, Llano and Lockhart.

Other “Texas trinities” include “oil, cattle and cotton” and “black gold (oil), gridiron and God.”

The Barbecue Page
Salt Lick Barbecue - Driftwood, TX
Mac and Wilbur et al. made it to this venerable Cen-Tex barbecue establishment during the former’s trip to Austin.  After an hour long wait on a sunday evening, our party walked past the pit and sat down at a long picnic table.  We ordered family style, which includes all you can eat portions of the Texas Trinity—brisket, (pork) ribs, and sausage.

The Barbecue Page
Taqueria Santa Cecila - El Paso, Texas
Stumbled upon this place while looking for late-night eats in a seedy south El Paso neighborhood—it shines like a beacon in the night for wayward and hungry souls.  While not barbecue in the Texas Holy Trinity sense (brisket, ribs, sausage), this heavenly taqueria inspired by the catholic saint of music and the blind sates the spirit. 

Houston (TX) Press
Hot for Sauce
The tart joys of C. Davis Bar-B-Cue can make your brain boogie

By Jim Sherman
Published on April 24, 1997
The available options are pork ribs, brisket and smoked sausage links. If barbecue is a religion, these are the Texas trinity.

UT Watch
End of the line for Texas Growth Fund?
State investment pool may have run its course

By Robert Elder Jr.
Sunday, March 14, 2004
The growth fund’s roots date back to the slide in oil prices in 1982. The state’s economy, closely tied to the Texas trinity of oil, cattle and cotton, had faltered.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006
Chili Cook-Off
That’s c-h-i-l-i, no two l’s in this word (sorry Illinois). See? Only one sentence and I’ve already raised some hackles - if I’m doing my job right. Let me see. Tomatoes? Ciao baby. This is chili, not Ragu or even ragout. Beans? Ha! Blasphemous teat-suckling mama’s boy. Meat? Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full. Truthfully and sadly, though, most people will put either tomatoes or beans in their chili, and the truly evil will use both (even in my beloved Texas). I believe in the Texas Trinity of Fat, Fire and Meat with chary use of other additions.

“Bone to Pick” by Patrick J. Sauer
No, what this nation does best is barbecue, a saucy little noun that packs an even bigger wallop than the smoked Texas “Holy Trinity” of brisket, sausage and pork ribs sans sauce.
(Desert Living, July/August 2006)

Google Books
Playing with God: Religion and Modern Sport
By William Joseph Baker
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press
Pg. 106:
Autumn Saturday editions of the Odessa News featured the Texas trinity of black gold (oil), the gridiron, and God.

PigTrip BBQ Review
(06/17/07) (07/14/07)
Hill Country Barbecue & Market
30 West 26th Street
(between Broadway and 6th Avenue)
New York, NY 10010
(212) 255-4544
The bottom line: Hill Country seems to have hit the ground running, reaching a level of excellence in their first few days that most barbecue joints never see in a lifetime. The sides and desserts need some work, but the meats were good across the board, with the Texas holy trinity of brisket, beef ribs and sausage phenomenal.

Cityview Food Dude (August 2-8, 2007)
By Jim Duncan
Absolute Flavors/Smokey D’s BBQ
My second visit delivered the kind of brisket that I dream about between trips to Luling, Llano and Lockhart, the holy Texas trinity of brisket towns.

Houston Chronicle food blog: Cook’s Tour by Alison Cook
September 19, 2007
Burgerology: Tornado Burger
(Not to worry. If the Texas trinity of mustard, mayo and pickles are crucial to your burger enjoyment, they are available on request.)

Houston, Texas - CHOW
This is probably too late but I didn’t flash on the Wirt road mention previously. At that location you will be very close to Goode Co. Texas Seafood and Goode Co. BBQ on I-10. Neither is the very best at what they do in H but are above average chow. I’d tend to go for the non-traditional duck at the bbq place rather than Texas trinity of brisket/ribs/sausage.
brucesw Jan 07, 2008 04:02PM

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Saturday, August 30, 2008 • Permalink