Let’s get this out of the way first….I have zero authority to judge food – BBQ or otherwise. And there has also been plenty written about whose BBQ is best and why. It’s probably folly to even step into the debate. BBQ is a Texas tradition though – so a while back I made a short list of “must do” places that I thought would represent some of the best. It not exhaustive or scientific – just my attempt to get out and experience some good food.
Here are my top 5 in order of preference.
1 – Franklin (Austin) – I alternate between whether the line is entertainment or maddening. It’s a mix of both really, but at the end of it typically stands a smiling Aaron Franklin. Knife in hand and some amazing BBQ at the ready.
2 – City Market (Luling)
3 – Kruez Market (Lockhart)
4 – Louie Mueller (Taylor)
The rest – Salt Lick and Rudy’s both make good food. They are consistent and nearby – something that makes them more practical than the hours long commitment of driving and/or standing in line.