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Posted: 6/14/2009 11:29:52 AM EST
I'm driving thru Texas in the near future.

Do you have any AWESOME Brisket shacks in your town?

I need to plan my drive so tell me about the best Texas BBQ in your area.

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 11:31:21 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 11:32:33 AM EST by Pugz]
Rudys

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 11:32:14 AM EST
If you find yourself in central TX, hit one of the places in Elgin. The sausage is even better than the brisket.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 11:36:15 AM EST
City Market in Luling TX. Do yourself a favor and spend less than $20 and buy Legends of Texas BBQ by Robb Walsh. Very informative and entertaining.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 11:37:28 AM EST
Cooper's in Llano. I hear there's also one in New Braunfels.

If you're near Elgin (east of Austin), SouthSide on hwy 290 has great brisket, but Meyer's (also on 290) has better sausage IMHO.


Link Posted: 6/14/2009 11:42:42 AM EST
hmm, i need to make a brisket again soon
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 11:44:24 AM EST
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 11:46:14 AM EST
Best brisket in Texas:

1. My uncle's house (sorry, invite only)
2T. My house (still have leftover brisket from last weekend, won't do another for at least another week)
2T. Salt Lick, Driftwood Texas
4. Cooper's, Llano Texas
5. Opie's BBQ Spicewood Texas
6. Pretty damned good place outside Brownsville, can't remember the name ATM
7T. Any of the decent but not exceptional places in Lockhart (Black's, Smitty's, etc)
7T. F. Weigl Ironworks, Austin TX (been a long time since I went there, but pretty decent)
8 (honorable mention) C&J BBQ, Bryan Texas (maybe not as good as the above, but I just like that place and don't get there often enough)
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 11:47:11 AM EST
Why yes, my brisket looks pretty ...uh, nevermind.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 12:22:23 PM EST
Originally Posted By TxRabbitBane:
Best brisket in Texas:

1. My uncle's house (sorry, invite only)
2T. My house (still have leftover brisket from last weekend, won't do another for at least another week)
2T. Salt Lick, Driftwood Texas
4. Cooper's, Llano Texas
5. Opie's BBQ Spicewood Texas
6. Pretty damned good place outside Brownsville, can't remember the name ATM
7T. Any of the decent but not exceptional places in Lockhart (Black's, Smitty's, etc)
7T. F. Weigl Ironworks, Austin TX (been a long time since I went there, but pretty decent)
8 (honorable mention) C&J BBQ, Bryan Texas (maybe not as good as the above, but I just like that place and don't get there often enough)



I ate there a few months ago and compared to Carolina BBQ it was awesome. They have a sampler platter with pork, sausage, brisket, and I think there might have been some chicken on there with 2 sides and your drink for like $12. It is a boat load of food for the price.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 12:45:31 PM EST
Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ

http://www.coopersbbq.com/

One of the best in Texas, imo.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 12:51:43 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 12:53:07 PM EST by Gloftoe]
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 12:57:33 PM EST
Each time I visit my sister in Austin I go to Ruby's BBQ. Great brisket
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:00:33 PM EST
Check and see if photokirk is available...the pictures of his brisket alone cause salivation.

HH
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:00:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
Rudy's? Ironworks BBQ? Seriously?

Get your ass down to Lockhart and to Black's or Kruetz BBQ. Cooper's in Llano is pretty good too. The Salt Lick in Driftwood gets mentioned because it's all you can eat family style, and their meat is pretty good. Black's and Kruetz beat them out though.


If you held a gun on me I would eat rudy's before lockhart bbq. Still I like rudy's but would go to lockhart first.

BBQ is like wine, people have differrent tastes but half the fun is testing out places.

Saltlick has good brisket but I can't stand their ribs while I will eat any bbq from lockhart, luling or elgin all day long.

Good rule of thumb is old fashion market style buildings like in luling, lockhart or elgin will have good bbq including coopers.

The fancier the building the bbq will be mediorcer at best. I would rather have some place that puts the money into the quality of the food then the eatting atmosphere.

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:01:11 PM EST
Joe Cotten's in Robstown, just outside Corpus.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 1:02:04 PM EST
Originally Posted By Pugz:
Rudys

http://rudys.com/images/locations/map-top.png


Rudy's is pretty taste and low cost, but its a chain so points off.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 2:52:40 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 2:53:20 PM EST by Blue_Suiter]
Originally Posted By Matthew_Q:
Cooper's in Llano. I hear there's also one in New Braunfels.

If you're near Elgin (east of Austin), SouthSide on hwy 290 has great brisket, but Meyer's (also on 290) has better sausage IMHO.




This. I have eaten there a couple of times and can attest to it being good. Joe Allen's in Abilene was also a favorite.

B_S
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 2:55:21 PM EST
Bakers Ribs in Dallas
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 3:05:34 PM EST
Rudy's in Round Rock
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 3:46:43 PM EST
Salt Lick is my pick.

Of course you can look at the June '08 issue of Texas Monthly for their picks of the best BBQ in Texas. I believe Snow's won out for the most orgasmic brisket in the state.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 4:39:00 PM EST

Salt lick of course

Blacks BBQ in Llano, Texas is very good.



Link Posted: 6/14/2009 4:49:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By Scooter1942:
Salt Lick is my pick.

Of course you can look at the June '08 issue of Texas Monthly for their picks of the best BBQ in Texas. I believe Snow's won out for the most orgasmic brisket in the state.


This +1

Link Posted: 6/14/2009 4:55:13 PM EST
Rudy's,
Ironworks,
Salt Lick- great atmosphere
Elgin- try the sausage
Lockhart- Black's or Kruetz
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:00:13 PM EST
[Last Edit: 6/14/2009 5:01:15 PM EST by Lonestar45]
So many good places it is hard to name just a few. But I'd suggest heading to central Texas because that is where you'll find the most saturation of the good places.

Like others have said, Blacks, Kruetz, Coopers, Salt Lick.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:01:13 PM EST
Louie Muellers in Taylor is the best! Snow's is also damn good as well as the Market? in Giddings. Heard a lot of good things about Coopers, Blacks, etc. but Rudy's? Are you shittin' me?
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:02:42 PM EST
I loved Rudys. They were so good. Cream corn. mmmmmhhhhhh.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:04:09 PM EST
Railhead Smokehouse, Ft. Worth, on Montgomery street, just off I-30.
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:07:45 PM EST
Originally Posted By thorm001:
Rudy's,
Ironworks,
Salt Lick- great atmosphere
Elgin- try the sausage
Lockhart- Black's or Kruetz


Ironwork's BBQ has the messiah on the front page of their website.

Classy!
Link Posted: 6/14/2009 5:14:06 PM EST
Originally Posted By damcv62:
I loved Rudys. They were so good. Cream corn. mmmmmhhhhhh.


Rudy's cream corn is awesome.

And I didn't realize that it was a chain - just knew about the San Antonio and Leon Springs locations. The National Intercollegiate Clays Competition is held down at the National Shooting Complex every spring, and when we went down for it every year (when I shot for UIUC during college there) we would go to one or the other Rudy's locations (or both) during the course of the week.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:17:20 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 9:20:52 AM EST by TxRabbitBane]
Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
Rudy's? Ironworks BBQ? Seriously?

Get your ass down to Lockhart and to Black's or Kruetz BBQ. Cooper's in Llano is pretty good too. The Salt Lick in Driftwood gets mentioned because it's all you can eat family style, and their meat is pretty good. Black's and Kruetz beat them out though.


Different strokes for different folks, but having had all of them many times, I'd say Salit Lick or Ironworks has better brisket on a bad day than any of the Lockhart joints on a good day... and any of them beat the hell out of Rudy's.

Thing is, Texas is full of badass brisket. I rag on the Lockhart places because (while excellent) I've never found them to be as good as the hype. My kids love the chicken at Black's though, and the sausage is excellent (I think Black's is the best in Lockhart). No use quibbling much over a 7/10 instead of a 9/10.

I used to roll my eyes at Cooper's because the first time I ate there is wasn't that good (maybe 15 years ago ?)... I got coaxed into giving it another chance and it has been top drawer every time since. If you're in the Texas Hill Country it's worth the trip.

Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:25:04 AM EST
Originally Posted By TUMOR:
I'm driving thru Texas in the near future.

Do you have any AWESOME Brisket shacks in your town?

I need to plan my drive so tell me about the best Texas BBQ in your area.



What part of Texas will you be driving through?
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:28:10 AM EST
Mustang Creek BBQ

Chow Hound

Houston Press
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 10:02:13 AM EST
Originally Posted By JDC_VA_USMC:
Joe Cotten's in Robstown, just outside Corpus.


+1
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 10:05:55 AM EST
Originally Posted By Zan:
Originally Posted By thorm001:
Rudy's,
Ironworks,
Salt Lick- great atmosphere
Elgin- try the sausage
Lockhart- Black's or Kruetz


Ironwork's BBQ has the messiah on the front page of their website.

Classy!


Ironworks BBQ is in Austin, land of the liberal, so unfortunately it is natural for them to be proud of the fact that the Dalai Bama ate there and advertise it.

Link Posted: 6/16/2009 10:13:19 AM EST
I know it makes you a cool kid to hate on Rudy's just because they're a chain, but their moist brisket is pretty freakin' fantastic.

Yeah yeah, Lockhart's places are good, Luling, Taylor, yada yada. All great too. That doesn't mean Rudy's isn't though.

BTW, not all Cooper's are created equal. The Llano folks are clearly superior to the rest.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 11:08:36 AM EST
Originally Posted By BillythePoet:
Louie Muellers in Taylor is the best! Snow's is also damn good as well as the Market? in Giddings. Heard a lot of good things about Coopers, Blacks, etc. but Rudy's? Are you shittin' me?


I wanted to eat the damn building that place smelled so good. 10+ Most of these places are in central Texas except the one by Corpus Christi. They are mostly middle european desent. They make some good beers too. The very best in the world was the Panther Pit in Hewitt. But its long gone. I still get a woody just thinking about that place. Now I'm hungry and all I get from the house mouse is damn tuna. Bleh! WJ
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 11:08:57 AM EST
Originally Posted By DanielT:
I know it makes you a cool kid to hate on Rudy's just because they're a chain, but their moist brisket is pretty freakin' fantastic.

Yeah yeah, Lockhart's places are good, Luling, Taylor, yada yada. All great too. That doesn't mean Rudy's isn't though.

BTW, not all Cooper's are created equal. The Llano folks are clearly superior to the rest.


Rudy's is one of the few places in Houston that I will go to for BBQ.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 11:30:31 AM EST
[Last Edit: 6/16/2009 11:37:29 AM EST by Threecurl]
Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
Rudy's? Ironworks BBQ? Seriously?

Get your ass down to Lockhart and to Black's or Kruetz BBQ. Cooper's in Llano is pretty good too. The Salt Lick in Driftwood gets mentioned because it's all you can eat family style, and their meat is pretty good. Black's and Kruetz beat them out though.


Rudy's is low grade dogfood. I wouldn't feed that trash to my worst enemy.

+1 on Kreuz's Meat market in Lockhart. Smitty's in Lockhart is good, too. Some more recommendations for the OP:

Cooper's BBQ in Llano
City Meat Market in Giddings
Lambert's BBQ, Mann's BBQ, F. Wiegel's Ironworks and The County Line in Austin
The Salt Lick in Driftwood
Opie's BBQ in Spicewood
Southside Market and Meyer's in Elgin

ETA: OP, as long as you avoid Rudy's like a syphilitic Guatemalan hooker, it's hard to find bad barbecue anywhere inside a rough oval from Elgin west to Llano, from Llano south to Kerrville, from Kerrville east through Luling over to Giddings and on back up to Elgin.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 11:36:49 AM EST
Originally Posted By Snow-man:

Originally Posted By Scooter1942:
Salt Lick is my pick.

Of course you can look at the June '08 issue of Texas Monthly for their picks of the best BBQ in Texas. I believe Snow's won out for the most orgasmic brisket in the state.


This +1



The main Texas Monthly article is HERE.The top 50 from that article is HERE.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 12:36:42 PM EST
Originally Posted By Threecurl:
City Meat Market in Giddings


I've heard good things about this place (if it's where I think it is) but haven't tried it.

Link Posted: 6/16/2009 12:45:50 PM EST
Originally Posted By Threecurl:
Originally Posted By Snow-man:

Originally Posted By Scooter1942:
Salt Lick is my pick.

Of course you can look at the June '08 issue of Texas Monthly for their picks of the best BBQ in Texas. I believe Snow's won out for the most orgasmic brisket in the state.


This +1



The main Texas Monthly article is HERE.The top 50 from that article is HERE.


Texas Monthly is good for hanging in an outhouse at best.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 12:52:31 PM EST
here in Abilene TX go to:
Square's
Joe Allen's
Lytle Land & Cattle Company
Harold's
Betty Rose's

I like Square's the best
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 12:58:41 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 12:59:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By Threecurl:
Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
Rudy's? Ironworks BBQ? Seriously?

Get your ass down to Lockhart and to Black's or Kruetz BBQ. Cooper's in Llano is pretty good too. The Salt Lick in Driftwood gets mentioned because it's all you can eat family style, and their meat is pretty good. Black's and Kruetz beat them out though.


Rudy's is low grade dogfood. I wouldn't feed that trash to my worst enemy.

+1 on Kreuz's Meat market in Lockhart. Smitty's in Lockhart is good, too. Some more recommendations for the OP:

Cooper's BBQ in Llano
City Meat Market in Giddings
Lambert's BBQ, Mann's BBQ, F. Wiegel's Ironworks and The County Line in Austin
The Salt Lick in Driftwood
Opie's BBQ in Spicewood
Southside Market and Meyer's in Elgin

ETA: OP, as long as you avoid Rudy's like a syphilitic Guatemalan hooker, it's hard to find bad barbecue anywhere inside a rough oval from Elgin west to Llano, from Llano south to Kerrville, from Kerrville east through Luling over to Giddings and on back up to Elgin.


I'll agree with 95% of the above. Except, Rudy's is just as good as County Line when it comes to brisket, maybe better. And both are at the low end in comparison to the others you mentioned.

Link Posted: 6/16/2009 12:59:38 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 1:05:09 PM EST
Originally Posted By TUMOR:
I'm driving thru Texas in the near future.

Do you have any AWESOME Brisket shacks in your town?

I need to plan my drive so tell me about the best Texas BBQ in your area.



TUMOR, if you are going to be in Houston, please send me an IM.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 1:09:59 PM EST
Swinging Door in Richmond (off hwy 359)
Joe's BBQ in Alvin (off hwy 6)

demmit, now I am hungry
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 1:11:40 PM EST
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 1:33:34 PM EST
Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
Originally Posted By DVDTracker:

Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
Rudy's? Ironworks BBQ? Seriously?

Nothing wrong with Rudy's. You can do better but Rudy's is pretty good.


It works in a pinch. But the thread author did want awesome brisket. Rudy's is average.


It's far better than average, though I've noticed that the people that don't like it as much are the ones ordering the lean cuts. I've occasionally gotten extra moist slices that were too fatty, but usually it's not excessive.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 5:56:42 PM EST
Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
Originally Posted By DVDTracker:

Originally Posted By Gloftoe:
Rudy's? Ironworks BBQ? Seriously?

Nothing wrong with Rudy's. You can do better but Rudy's is pretty good.


It works in a pinch. But the thread author did want awesome brisket. Rudy's is average.


The biggest problem with Rudy's is their "saus". That shit is not fit for human consumption. Language scholars across America have put their heads together attempting to string together the proper adjectives in such a way that will properly convey the full horror of that sauce, and in much they same way that words prove inadequate in trying to describe the nirvana of parting Carrie Prejean's golden thighs, the English language is wholly inadequate to the task of explaining to the uninitiated how bad, how truly awful, how black a stain on the human spirit consuming Rudy's BBQ sauce really is.

Fuck Rudy's. In the ear.
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