New West Texas barbecue joints are smoking the competition

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MARATHON, Tx. (KOSA) -- If you're craving some brisket and cobbler, you won't have to drive far to find some that are award-winning.

Courtesy: Laura Schulte (Goodworks)

There are two new barbecue joints in West Texas that can help you get your fix.

Texas Monthly Magazine recognized Brick Vault Brewery & Barbecue in Marathon and Convenience West in Marfa as number 13 and 14 out of the 25 best new restaurants in the state to get some juicy smoked meat and homemade sides.

"It's a huge honor for us. There were some incredible restaurants that were featured on that list. We're humbled and extremely appreciative to be included in that," said Nick Reese, a Brick Vault pitmaster.

Brick Vault was noted for its house-made sausages and fresh green beans.

Convenience West was praised for its half juicy chicken and lemon hand pies.

The pitmasters and manager for Brick Vault say it was meant to be that they went into the barbecue business.

"A big deal is just keeping people fed around here. Barbecue was just something that wasn't really present at the time when we were looking at opening this place," Reese said. "It's something that we are all passionate about, and like to cook. So, it all kind of worked out that's the direction we went."

They said their moist brisket is the most popular among the regulars, but they also have a small brewery which features six craft beers that community members and visitors from around the state use to wash down the spice.

"We're happy with where we're at right now," said Phillip Moellering. "We just want to expand within here, and keep pushing good product for patrons that come through Marathon now."

Brick Vault Brewery & Barbecue is open every Thursday and Friday from 4:30-8:30 p.m., or until sold out.

You can also get your hands on some peach cobbler Saturdays from 12:30-8:30 p.m., and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.