If you’re not from Texas than you need to take some notes about this one!
Travis Erwin of the Wide Open Country did his list of what he considers the best eats for Barbecue in Texas.
He said that doing a top 10 list just wasn’t good enough, he had to give us his top 17 best, must eats of BBQ spots in Texas.
Let’s start from the bottom until we reach that #1 spot, but the good thing is that some are actually here in Houston or in the surrounding area.
17. Smitty’s Market – Lockhart
Smitty’s has been opened since 1999 and is located in the old Kreuz Market. He describes this as “The food is served on butcher paper sans sauce and utensils. The brisket is a must but for me it is their sausage that truly stands out.”
16. Spicy Mikes BBQ Haven –Amarillo
“The ribs are spectacular but get there early, especially on Saturday because they sell out. Put a little zinging your mouth and try the namesake spicy sauce when you visit this out of the way spot in Amarillo’s south side.”
15. Prause Meat Market – LaGrange
“They butcher and cut their own meat and smoke it…. Skip the sauce here, not that you need it anyway, and just dive into what smoked meat they still have available when you arrive.”
14. Triple J’s Smokehouse – Houston
They’re located 6715 Homestead Rd or you can find them at the Houston Livestock Show.
“Go for the Big J, a baked potato loaded with a variety of meat”
13. Fargo’s Pit BBQ – Bryan
This place is one of those “get there early as they often run out of grub. The brisket is as good as I’ve ever had, and the reg tips are a must. Easy on the wallet prices.”
12. Louie Mueller Barbecue – Taylor
“Giant beef ribs, baby backs, regular ribs… they have them all long with brisket and pulled pork.”
11. Gatlin’s BBQ – Houston
Is located at 3510 Ella Blvd. “The sauce is great. Everything here is a bit spicier than most Texas BBQ as there are obviously Cajun influences at work as evidenced by the dirty rice see selection. The chicken is great as all of the meats.”
10. Pecan Lodge – Dallas
“The burnt ends were my favorite, but the beef ribs are tasty as well. I didn’t like their sausage, as well as some of the others on the list, but Pecan Lodge is still a must on any meat lovers list.”
9. Killen’s BBQ – Pearland
This one was featured on HardKnocks when J.J. Watt and Vince Wilfork were seen eating at Killen’s.
It’s located at 3613 E Broadway Street in Pearland.
It’s one that closes when the food runs out.
“Beef ribs done right.”
8. Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q – Tyler
“Great food and great vibes with live music most if not every night. The brisket has a delectable crust, and the “Ex Wife” sandwich is a good blend of meats. The ribs are tasty.”
7. Franklin Barbecue – Austin
This is one of those well-known places that everyone has heard about. Take your chairs and be prepared to wait between 2-5 hours for your order. You have to know what you want too…
6. Snow’s BBQ – Lexington
Snow’s is only opened on Saturday’s and you have to get there early so you can get their food before it’s gone.
5. Mike Anderson’s BBQ House – Dallas
“Best pulled pork in the state. My only complaint is no beer and the hours are somewhat limited”
4. John Mueller Meat Company – Austin
“The joint has a backyard kind of feel…The peppery crust on the brisket is as near perfection as I’ve ever tasted.”
3. Coopers Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que – Mason, Llano
“You order right out of the pit and have a variety of meats to choose from. Probably the best pork chops in the state.”
2. La Barbecue – Austin
1. Black’s Barbecue – Lockhart
His description for this one is a longer one:
“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 brackets, which is the smokiest most flavorful in all my exploits.”
Way in, tell us which BBQ location is your favorite?
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