In 1897, Mr. Charlie Hasselback, of German descent, brought a special recipe to Camp County.
There were a few Hot Link joints in Camp County, but Mr. Hasselback built an addition on to his building in 1918 and began serving cooked links over the counter.
The "Back Street' is where you could find the Hot Links. The surroundings were not elaborate; wooden counters and benches, the links were served with crackers on heavy market paper, and special hot sauce was provided in soda water bottles. You could eat them there or carry them out.
ESTABLISHING THE PITTSBURG
HOT LINK NAME
Word about the links traveled fast. Pittsburg had two railroad lines and before long the crews on the trains scheduled their stopovers in Pittsburg and walked up the alley behind his place of business for their noon and early evening meals. Truckers and traveling salesmen also soon started coming.
There have been many Hot Link joints in Pittsburg and they all started with a recipe brought to Camp County by Charlie Hasselback.
Today, the Hot Links of Pittsburg, Texas are known as The PITTSBURG BRAND HOT LINKS. Located in the middle of the block of buildings in Historic Downtown; Pittsburg Hot Links Restaurant is a thriving business that brings in many customers, old and new, to this small Texas town. Hot Links are still served on butcher paper with crisp saltine crackers and there's a bottle of hot sauce on each and every table. Even though times have changed, diets have changed, people have changed - Pittsburg Hot Links remain the same.
They are a true delight and just as delicious as always. Being described as East Texas Caviar, Comfort Food and just down right Scrumptious - one thing is for certain, if you ever try them you will begin to crave them!