Cotten's Barbecue, a famous tradition in South Texas with a unique taste known throughout the state and beyond.
In 1947 Joe Cotten, our dad, opened his place in Robstown, TX, as a beer joint and gambling hall. Back then gambling was only a misdemeanor and Dad added barbecue to keep his customers from getting hungry. He served the food on butcher paper.
When gambling became a federal offense a few years later, Dad turned his attention to smoking meat full time, using the mesquite that grew plentifully in the area around Robstown. He continually tweaked his recipes until the barbecue became among the best served anywhere in Texas. The sauce alone took eight years of tinkering until he had it right.
The popularity of his food grew and he moved the restaurant to much larger building, the "new place," in 1968. The new place could, and often did, seat over 360 people.
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