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Pittsburg Hot Links Restaurant in Pittsburg, Texas

Updated on June 9, 2018
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Pittsburg Hot Links

Located in the piney woods of East Texas, Pittsburg Hot Links is one restaurant that should be on your bucket list! While on your search for the best hot link, you should know that East Texas is famous for their hot links! So, don't just pick up some random links at your local grocery store. They simply do not compare to the real thing. Pittsburg Hot Links are a delicacy that the locals take pride in.

Growing up, my family frequented Pittsburg Hot Links on a regular basis. Now as an adult, I miss Pittsburg Hot Links dearly! Hot Links are my go-to comfort food because they remind me of growing up in my hometown, as a kid. Whenever we are in town, I make a point to stop there. In my opinion, there's just no other hot link on this planet that compares to Pittsburg Hot Links.


They are Linkalicious!

According to the Pittsburg Hot Link website, their links are all beef, hand-tied in a natural casing and traditionally seasoned. Other unique menu items are available and it's all great! Prices are low and proportions are large. The restaurant has been around for hundreds of years and, therefore, maintains a charming antique atmosphere that will take you back in time. Service is always fast and friendly. Several famous people have visited, over the years, and left signed photos which hang around the restaurant.

If you are a newbie to hot links, start with 4 and try a little ketchup . My average order consists of 6 - 8 links. My husband normally orders at least 12. He also likes what is called the Chi Hot Che. If you're wondering what a Chi Hot Che is, there is a quick and easy recipe at the bottom of this article. If you are not expecting to be in the area, order for direct delivery from the Pittsburg Hot Links website.

A Brief History of Pittsburg Hot Links

Mr. Charlie Hastleback, of German descent, brought the hot link recipe to Pittsburg, Texas in 1897. He first sold the links for preparation at home from the "Old Maddox Building" on Main Street. In 1918, Mr. Hastleback built an addition to his building and then began serving cooked links over the counter. The links were served on heavy market paper with crackers, and special hot sauce. The hot sauce was served in water bottles. Cold drinks were made available in various flavors. You could eat the hot links there or carry them out, a custom that became popular with the housewife. The links became very popular due to public access of two railroad lines with scheduled stopovers in Pittsburg. Truckers and traveling salesman started to stop by as well. People in nearby towns enjoyed the links so much that they tried to duplicate the recipe in their grocery stores, without success.

- Recap from Pittsburg Hot Links website.

Hot Link Eating Contest

Pittsburg Hot Links hosts an annual hot link eating contest! Contestants must be over the age of 18 to enter, or otherwise can be entered by their parent or guardian. Contestants must eat 36 hot links within ten minutes or less! The links are put on a tray with a knife, fork, & bottled water. With ten or more entrants, the competition is held in two hours. A judge keeps time and monitors hot link consumption. After the 36 links are consumed, the judge will provide contestants additional ten minute increments, providing six links at a time until the time is up. Each contestant receives a Hot Link t-shirt to wear during the competition. The winner of the hot link eating contest is $100. The hot link eating contest record is held by Chris Coleman, since 2007, for eating sixty one links. If you break that record, the payout is $200.


Customer Reviews

  • "You must have catsup with Lousianna hot sauce stirred in for dipping the them with saltine crackers and your favorite drink...they are great!" - Carole W
  • "Visiting my brother and his family in Pittsburg they told me I had to try the fare at Pittsburg Hot Links. I wasn't disappointed. A classic slice of East Texas. The hot links and BBQ were great. Very friendly staff and customers. The whole meal was what I'd looked forward to when I visited my brother, a classic East Texas experience." - Mary M.
  • "When ever I'm visiting east Texas, there has to be a special visit to Pittsburg Hot Links. The place has been in the same place for over 100 years. although ownership has changed, the quality of the food hasn't. Prices are extremely cheap and as always, everything in Texas is in large proportions! It's a place where you can enjoy the southern hospitality that Texas offers...All of which are ( Home made) their famous Pittsburg hotlinks, real beef hamburgers on Texas toast, home made chili, real deep fried okra, real home made corn-dogs etc. My wife and I tried two dishes that were definitely made us come back the next day! One was jalapeno cornbread and another was a version of Nachos, called "Frito Pie" which really are Frito-Lay Corn chips smothered in home made chili, Cheddar cheese, onions and jalapeno peppers. And boy is it every so good! My father was born and raised in Pittsburg,Texas and as children my parents had always taken me and my siblings here every summer to stay with our grandparents, and ever since then I've been coming back to Pittsburg Hot Links as an adult every time I visit East Texas. The funny part is that this is a very small town, but many famous celebs have found their way to this small establishment and taken photos and left their remarks! I guess that says something...that good things come in small packages? I love this place and every time I am in East Texas, I will make a point to visit Pittsburg Hot Links!" - Destry H.


Hours, & Contact Info

Open for Breakfast, Lunch, Or Dinner

Hours: Monday - Saturday from 8 am to 6pm

Address: 136 W. Marshall, Pittsburg, TX, United States 75686

Restaurant : 903-856-5765

Online Orders : 903-856-2121

Pittsburg Hot Links

136 W. Marshall St., Pittsburg, Texas 75686:
136 West Marshall Street, Pittsburg, TX 75686, USA

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Make a Chi hot che at home!

This recipe is for a chi hot che, which is a popular item on the Pittsburg Hot Links menu. We sometimes make the chi hot che at home when we order links to go. This is a great way to feed a larger crowd on a smaller budget.

Cook Time

Cook time: 2 min
Ready in: 2 min
Yields: 1 Chi hot che


  • 4 hot links, (cooked)
  • 4 TBS cheese
  • 3 TBS Chili
  • 1TSP Diced Onions
  • 3 or 4 Pickle slices
  • Tobasco Sauce, To Taste


  1. Cut the links into thirds. Place in a bowl. Top with chili, cheese, diced onions, and pickle slices. Put a splash of Tabasco sauce on top, if desired.
  2. Cook in microwave for about one to two minutes, until cheese melts. Enjoy! :-)

Please leave your comments below...

about your memories at Pittsburg Hot Links, experience with hot links, your favorite hot link recipes, or anything related to hot links...

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      3 years ago

      I grew up in Tyler and now live in Michigan. Every trip home there are two things I am going to enjoy (diet or Dr's order won't stop)... a Whataburger with cheese and some Pittsburg hot links! ...desperately in search of a hot link recipe now!

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      bill Barnhill 

      5 years ago

      My mothers family is from Pittsburg, tx. I remember growing up I looked forward to going to my great grandmothers house during the summer and eating them till I popped. as an adult when I go to my mothers I always make a point to go eatem and bring frozen ones home. they are to die for.

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      5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Sounds delicious Melinda Longoria! I love barbecue! A few good places in Pittsburgh, PA!

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      Drive By Quipper 

      6 years ago from Wrong Side of Town

      I love me a good batch of "hot guts". Hook 'em Horns!

    • Melinda Longoria profile imageAUTHOR

      Melinda Longoria, MSM 

      6 years ago from Garland, Texas

      Thank you so much! :) & for being my second follower on hubpages. I will follow you back. I'm looking forward to learning from your example. You've written so many & have so many accolades! :) - Melinda

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      6 years ago from Wales

      What a great hub; I feel as if I have been on a great tour.

      I now look forward to so many more by you.




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