5 Best BBQ Joints in Texas
Texas barbecue has no peer on earth. If you’re reading this in Texas, you may wonder why we need to begin with such an obvious statement, but there are people who contend otherwise.
In Memphis, they grill ribs over charcoal and fret about whether to hide the product under a pool of sugary sauce or cover it with flavored dust. In the Carolinas, they lift their noses and say through pursed, vinegary lips that they invented barbecue. They may have a claim there, but luckily Texans came along to perfect it.
As the adage goes, timing is everything. Let’s wrap up the 5 Best BBQ Joints in Texas!
Located in beautiful Driftwood near Austin, the Salt Lick serves up some of the best barbecue in Texas. The idyllic Hill Country setting, good food, and BYOB policy make this barbecue joint one great place to burn a weekend afternoon.
This small little shack is only open on Saturdays. Get there early, they open at 8 a.m. and close when the food is all gone. The place has been one of the most visited and dined in Lexington. Rumor has it they brine their brisket before cooking. I can neither confirm nor refute this tale, but reviews show the ribs are tasty, as are the ribs.
I know, I know. This is the Mecca of Texas barbecue joints. Problem is, everybody else knows it, too. I’ve only been here once and yes, it was very tasty, but not hours-and-hours-of-waiting better than the other places on this list. That being said, there are countless folks who routinely make the three or four-hour wait and believe the time is well worth it. It’s a must-visit place, so you can decide for yourself.
It’s all about the meat here at Fort Worth, and they proudly tell you that upfront. There are now several locations around the state, but this is the original and the one you must visit. You order right out of the pit and have a variety of meats to choose from. They’re probably the best pork chops in the state. It is a no-frill place and a bit pricey, but do you wanna pay for fancy plates and white linen tablecloths or do you wanna pay for top-notch food?
In Lockhart, an institution since 1932, this Texas barbecue joint looks, smells, and tastes like Texas. The best beef ribs around. Great hand-stuffed, hand-tied sausage. Turkey, sweet tea, Shiner beer. Of nearly every variety. Whole chickens, pork ribs (spare or baby back), and of course plenty of brisket, which is the smokiest, most flavorful in all my exploits.
No, Black’s isn’t widely regarded as the best in the state or even the best in Lockhart, but meat admiration, much like love, is subjective, and this Texas boy puts stock in beef ribs and smoke flavor. Here, you get the best of both.
Texas is a big state. A big meat-loving state chocked full of world-class barbecue joints. Beef is king in Texas, so bovine delicacies are of utmost importance for any BBQ establishment mentioned in this list. Texas barbecue, the classic version of which is found primarily in central Texas and distinguished by its use of beef brisket and its indirect smoking method, is superior to all other regional varieties of barbecue. This is an incontrovertible fact.
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