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Best BBQ in town

Hey, everyone... visiting your fantastic town at the end of the month from Chicago and I just wanted to ask about getting some real TX Barbecue. What's yer favorite?

I'm staying at 183/Capital of TX Hwy... Can't travel too far away from the city, not enough time, but Round Rock and Georgetown would be fine.

Let me preemptively apologize too, I'm sure I'm about the 10,000th dummy who's asked about BBQ. Only other time I was in Austin I went to Stubb's and liked it very much.

Thanks for any help or links to helpful sites.

(ps.. just double checked and saw someone asked the same thing a few posts ago, I'll check that out...)

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  1. House Park BBQ on 12th, east of Lamar. Only open M-F for lunch and cash only.

    1. As much as I like House Park, I'd have to recommend Louis Mueller in Taylor. It's no more of a drive than Georgetown, and it's one of the best in central Texas (and therefore the world).--

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      1. re: Greg Spence

        I know Austin likes to take credit for everything within 200 miles, but he asked specifically for in the city so I gave him the best in the city. Outside of Austin, Mueller and Southwest Market in San Marcos are my favorites. If you don't want good meat, but want great sides go to Salt Lick.

        1. re: achtungpv

          Um, the message I read said specifically that beatnik could drive to Round Rock or Georgetown. Taylor's about as far as Georgetown, and certainly worth the trip from 183/360, especially of you use the toll road.

          1. re: Greg Spence

            Greg and achtung... to clarify, I will specifically be in Round Rock and Georgetown for business; therefore won't be going out of my way to grab lunch in either town... thanks!

      2. A couple of recs-The County Line on the Lake at 2222 and Rudy's-various locations-I think there's one on Research Blvd. (aka 183). If you have a car and want some authentic atmosphere you can't go wrong with the Salt Lick (far southwest Austin but a nice drive in the country-BYOB).

        1. I've never been to House Park but is it really better than Sam's?

          Artz may be a distant second for me. Everything else is not worth comparing. I'm still pained that John Mueller's closed a few years ago.

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          1. re: Kent Wang

            I ate at Ben's Long Branch the other day. As usual, the (pork) ribs were great--moist and tender, with just the right amount of smoke.

            I tried some brisket since I was there, and was happy to find it better than I recalled, and better (tenderness, crust, and flavor) than the last brisket I had at Sam's. It still does not compare to the good BBQ joints out in the country, but it may be my new favorite within the city limits. (I need to try House Park myself at some point.)

            I was disappointed that they had none of their wonderful peach cobbler when I went, so I settled for some banana pudding. It turns out it was not really settling--the banana flavor was outstanding, and the consistency could not have been better. Nevertheless, I still envy the people who arrived a little later and were able to get the cobbler.

            1. re: Knoblauch

              Haven't heard much about this place but I will place it on my to do list thanks to your endorsement.

          2. If you're going to be in Round Rock for business, Taylor is only 15 or 20 minutes east of there. And the brisket's ready to eat, so you drive out, eat, drive back - the whole trip should be doable in less than an hour. It really is worth the extra effort; Louis Mueller's isn't my favorite of the little BBQ places that orbit Austin, but I'll swear by their brisket. Just about the best that I've ever had. Mind-blowing, revelatory stuff, the likes of which you just won't find inside Austin (or, for that matter, just about anywhere else).

            Elgin is close, too, and the Sausage at Southside Market is pretty great. And had you only the time, Lockhart, the Holy Grail, is right there on the 183. But I understand, business must come first. Maybe you could drive to Taylor and then eat in your car on the way back. Your car would smell of fat and smoke, but properly considered this is a good thing.

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            1. re: ratatosk

              Louie Mueller's is in my Top 3 in Texas BBQ. Highly recommend it as well.

              1. re: ratatosk

                The beef ribs at Mueller's are great. They're worth a try.

                1. re: achtungpv

                  Maybe the best beef ribs in the world! Not a lot of the other top joints do beef ribs.