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Texas Bar-BQ Joints Map Project

FrugalDanny Jan 26, 2009 04:26 PM

I've been creating a Google Map on my blog for above average Texas Bar-BQ joints.
These are the ones I have so far - some of them I added after reading this thread.
If you have any that need adding I'd like to know. If there are some that enough of you feel should be thrown in the trash, I want to hear that too!

Angelo's
2533 White Settlement Rd
Fort Worth

Artz Rib House
2330 S Lamar Blvd
Austin

Big Daddy's Roadhouse BBQ
1000 Highway 78
Lavon

Black's Barbecue
215 N Main St
Lockhart

Burns Bar-B-Que
8307 De Priest St
Houston

Back Country BBQ
6940 Greenville Ave
Dallas

City Market
633 E Davis St
Luling‎

Clark's Outpost Bar-B-Q
101 N Highway 377
Tioga

Coopers Bar B Que Restaurant
604 W Young St
Llano‎

Cousin's Pit Barbecue
6262 Mccart Ave
Fort Worth‎

Demeris Barbecue
2911 S Shepherd Dr # 26
Houston‎

Hard-Eight Barbeque
1091 Glen Rose Rd
Stephenville‎

Harold's Pit Bar BQ
1305 Walnut St
Abilene

Iron Works Barbecue
100 Red River St
Austin

Kruez Market
619 N Colorado St
Lockhart

Lambert's Downtown Barbeque
401 W 2nd St
Austin‎

Louie Mueller Barbecue
206 W. Second Street
Taylor

Mann's Smokehouse Bar-B-Q
8624 Research Blvd
Austin‎

Mike Anderson's BBQ
5410 Harry Hines Blvd
Dallas

MO's B-B-Q
8321 FM 1960 Bypass Rd W
Humble‎

Peggy Sue BBQ
6600 Snider Plz
Dallas

Rudy's Country Store and Bar-BQ
24152 W Ih 10
San Antonio

Salt Lick BBQ
18001 FM 1826
Buda

Sammy's Bar B Que
2126 Leonard St
Dallas‎

Smitty's Market
208 S Commerce St
Lockhart‎

Snow's BBQ
Main Street
Lexington‎

Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse BBQ
2202 Inwood Rd
Dallas

Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ
525 S Beckham Ave
Tyler

State Line
1222 Sunland Park Dr
El Paso

Stubb's Bar-BQ Restaurant
801 Red River
Austin

Tom & Bingo's Hickory Pit Bar-B-Que
3006 34th St
Lubbock

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  1. Cheflambo RE: FrugalDanny Jan 26, 2009 04:43 PM

    Frug ... Houston is badly underrepresented here. The local 'hounds had their own BBQ smackdown back in late June, so Im sure someone will jump in here promptly to diss your choices and offer their own.

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      arashall RE: Cheflambo May 6, 2013 09:03 AM

      I live near Humble, and have had to put up with Demaris' catering on several occasions, so I'll be the first to diss Mo's and Demaris. You can check the threads for good Houston BBQ.

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      planojim RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 05:01 AM

      when I'm on the south side of Dallas, I usually try try to stop in at Smokey Joes. I think it's one of the better BBQ places in Dallas. Take out only. Great sweet potato pie.

      Smokey Joe's Bar-B-Que
      6407 S R L Thornton Fwy

      Dallas, TX 75232

      1. shanagain RE: FrugalDanny Jan 27, 2009 10:26 AM

        Big Boys BBQ
        2117 Lamar St
        Sweetwater, TX 79556
        (325) 235-2700

        One of the top 50 BBQ from TX Monthly a few yrs back, still a current honorable mention. Worth a stop for their homemade desserts, too.

        1. FrugalDanny RE: FrugalDanny Jan 28, 2009 11:20 AM

          thank you i'll start checking them out

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            austinfood RE: FrugalDanny Jan 28, 2009 01:00 PM

            Stubb's in Austin absolutely, positively must come off your list. The food there sucks. The Salt Lick isn't much better. In Austin, the best 'cue is at House Park Barbecue on 12th Street.

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              Jaymes RE: austinfood Jan 28, 2009 04:49 PM

              I agree with this. Stubb's is a fun music venue, so if you're making a map of great places to hang out and drink beer, Stubb's belongs.

              But if your list is of great BBQ, as I understand it to be, Stubb's doesn't.

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                FrugalDanny RE: Jaymes Jan 28, 2009 05:04 PM

                ok stubbs is going

                going to add House Park Big Boys BBQ Smokey Joe's later unless I hear strong objections...

                any other opinions on Salt....

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                  woodburner RE: FrugalDanny Nov 23, 2009 03:56 PM

                  I also think Salt Lick is downright poor. I have been to about a dozen of the great places on your list... but remove Salt Lick. The meats were mediocre, and the sauce was horrible. The sausage was uninspired as well.

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                Dallassooner RE: austinfood Mar 12, 2009 08:09 AM

                I've only been to the Saltlick one time and I thought it was great. What do you not like about it? I have had Stubb's also and I thought it was a disappointment.

                However the Saltlick was very good.

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                  twinwillow RE: austinfood Nov 15, 2009 07:59 PM

                  I concur on Salt Lick.

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                  18300 Fm 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619

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                  missmitzi RE: FrugalDanny Jan 30, 2009 01:07 PM

                  Bubba's BBQ in Ennis, Texas is rarely talked about on here but is very good!

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                    FrugalDanny RE: missmitzi Jan 31, 2009 08:00 AM

                    hesitant to add reading some real lousy reviews latest this week saying its gone down hill

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                      missmitzi RE: FrugalDanny Feb 12, 2009 12:42 PM

                      That is too bad to hear. I haven't been there in quite awhile.

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                        txsamm08 RE: missmitzi Feb 21, 2009 11:45 PM

                        Bubbas is still the best BBQ in the Dallas area. I may work there and have been for 2 years and have loved it since i was a little girl but I still eat there almost every day. Nowhere else can I get my steak cooked right! The atmosphere is AMAZING and its such a great place for families and parties. Not many small town places are recognized in the top 50! I've met sooo many people that drive hours just to come eat and do it at least once a week. Every place gets a few bad reviews on occasion but I've only seen a couple for us! You really can't say it's bad over one crappy visit. The waitress may have had a bad day or something but I can promise you if you come in you will LOVE it. Especially on a week night when we aren't as packed and you get a little more personal with the workers.
                        Just thought I might add this because I'm tired of people basing our restaurant on 2 bad reviews. Just come see for yourself!

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                    julieallen RE: FrugalDanny Jan 30, 2009 04:21 PM

                    D'Ventures
                    Rays Bar-B-Que
                    7474 S. Lancaster Rd
                    Dallas, TX 75241

                    Is absolutely the best BBQ in Texas. People from NY, Memphis, Chicago all give the same report "This is the best BBQ that I have tasted"

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                      FrugalDanny RE: julieallen Jan 31, 2009 07:58 AM

                      sorry can't track this one down...

                      also

                      was reading on the chicago chow thread that their fav q is at sweet georgia browns in dallas - is that worthy

                    2. bhoward RE: FrugalDanny Jan 31, 2009 08:50 AM

                      I would certainly add the Country Tavern in Kilgore for their pork ribs.

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                        FrugalDanny RE: bhoward Jan 31, 2009 09:42 AM

                        added thks

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                        tx_radar RE: FrugalDanny Feb 13, 2009 08:49 AM

                        Missing is Goode Co BBQ...a Houston staple. I take every out-of town guest to the original location by Rice University (see address below). They've been doing it right for over 20 years.

                        5109 Kirby Dr
                        Houston, Texas 77098

                        http://www.goodecompany.com/goodeRest...

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                          Jaymes RE: tx_radar Feb 13, 2009 09:37 AM

                          If you decide to add Goode Co. just for tradition's sake, I'd suggest you make a note that reviews on this place are decidedly mixed. Some people apparently like it (it's still doing business, after all), but others, like me, feel pretty strongly that it's not 'Goode' at all. In fact, I and the other three native Texans I was with all thought it was pretty awful. In fact, nobody wanted to bother to even take the (considerable) leftovers home.

                          Of course, to each his own. But if I were going to add it to any sort of Texas BBQ list, I'd also add the caveat that although some people like it, others do not.

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                            tx_radar RE: Jaymes Feb 13, 2009 10:04 AM

                            Jaymes, call it tradition or what, I've heard others mention the same thing to me. BBQ is such a personal thing, even in Texas we can't seem to agree?! It is a Houston institution and enough people must like it for them to still be in business today.

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                              Jaymes RE: tx_radar Feb 13, 2009 10:13 AM

                              Yep. I tried to say that. It is still in business. Some people clearly like it. But I'm far from the only one that doesn't. That's why I said that reviews are "mixed." As you may have noticed, it came in DAL in the last Houston CH BBQ smackdown.

                              I'm just saying that feelings are so strong both ways, I'd point that out if I were going to add it to any sort of list.

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                                FrugalDanny RE: Jaymes Feb 13, 2009 06:46 PM

                                jaymes and tx_radar - i'm going to add goode's goin to say there are mixed reviews on the texas bbq chowhound forum - Jaymes thinks goode's is not good and Tx_radar thinks goode's is good...is that good? (:-D)

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                                  danhole RE: FrugalDanny Feb 17, 2009 06:20 AM

                                  Just have to add my two cents here - since you have Demeris on your list, which in my opinion is just average, not above average, then you may as well add Goode Co. But Goode Co. is one of those places that depends on name recognition and not true quality of food. To put a truly above average BBQ place on your map you have to add Pierson's & Co. BBQ, 5110 T C Jester, Houston, Tx, 77091.

                                  Just to note that there is a Fearless Critic Guide for Houston that ranks Goode Co & Pappas BBQ as the bottom 2 in town. And Danny, it is not just this CH board that gives Goode mixed reviews, there are many more.

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                                    FrugalDanny RE: danhole Feb 17, 2009 06:31 AM

                                    thanks Dan. i'll add pierson's in the next half hour. i haven't added pappas.
                                    i'll take another look at demeris & goode and also await further input here.

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                                      danhole RE: FrugalDanny Feb 17, 2009 06:35 AM

                                      Danny,

                                      Don't add Pappas, please. It's another name recognition thing. I will say that at least the guide I mentioned gave Demeris a B- while Papas & Goode Co both got a C-.

                                      Dani

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                                        James Cristinian RE: danhole Feb 17, 2009 12:07 PM

                                        I think Pappas has some decent brisket as well as ham. The one thing I really like there are beef ribs, something not available at most places. Having said this, I would not put them on a map. I think Goode Co. is very overrated. I can't believe people stand in line for this place. They use mesquite, and to me it makes everything taste the same, I live five minutes from the place and won't go near it. I'll nominate a place, Galvan's Sausage House just outside of Richmond for superb fatty brisket and beef sausage. By the way, FrugalDanny, it's Dani, not Dan.

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                                          Jaymes RE: James Cristinian Feb 18, 2009 08:34 PM

                                          You say you "can't believe people stand in line for this place." I just moved here from Central Texas and I cannot believe it's even still open. I am seriously, genuinely puzzled. Even, as the Brits say, gob-smacked that a place that bad continues to do business in a state as famous for barbecue as Texas.

                                          Is it because they've been there turning out bad 'cue for long enough that folks have just gotten used to it? Is it just easy? A habit that's tough to break? Like if yo' mama can't cook but you've been eating her food for so long that you start liking it?

                                          I don't know... Geniunely puzzled.

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                                            James Cristinian RE: Jaymes Feb 18, 2009 09:06 PM

                                            I think the majority of people have no clue as to what good, not goode, bbq is, much as they have no clue as to seafood, hamburgers, Mexican, you name it. Just look at a Houston Press best of: it's all the usual suspects, Goode Company, Papadeaux, Papasitos, Fuddruckers. Places like these are food for the masses, the same reason places like Chili's, Applebee's, Olive Garden not only exist, but thrive.

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                                              Jaymes RE: James Cristinian Feb 19, 2009 06:31 AM

                                              Well, I would have feared it's just me, except that I was with several native Texans, none of whom had ever been to Goode before. At our table were even an Aggie and a Tea-sipper. And believe me, the only thing they agreed upon all night long was that that was some of the worst barbecue, sausage, ribs, brisket, sauce, etc., they had ever tasted.

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                                                danhole RE: Jaymes Feb 19, 2009 02:08 PM

                                                Jaymes, we here in Houston, all know you are really down on Goode Co, so give it up and get to Pierson's. Please, buddy, and I mean this in the nicest way!

                                                Dani

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                                                  Jaymes RE: danhole Feb 19, 2009 02:44 PM

                                                  Yep, going to try to go Saturday. And I'm going to do my best to shut up about Goode's. It's just taking longer than I ever would have believed to get over the shock.

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                                              joedontexan RE: Jaymes Mar 13, 2009 04:04 PM

                                              jaymes I understand where your coming from because Central Texas is ground zero for the best barbecue on earth. The standards are high there and the rest of the state cant compete with the quality and number of great places there. we have a few here and there but the bar has always been raised high for Central Texas bbq.

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                            CocoaNut RE: FrugalDanny Feb 13, 2009 10:02 AM

                            Oh gosh - not Tom and Bingo's. I was just there before Thanksgiving. The beef was tender, lean and moist enough, but no flavor at all. It was like eating roast beef from the oven. No smokiness and the BBQ sauce didn't help. Salt was the only improvement. I can't believe something that bland has such a following. Plus, the serving sizes are pretty skimpy.
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/574602

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                              Pirate Paul RE: FrugalDanny Feb 16, 2009 03:04 PM

                              Such an ambitious project. It's going to get unwieldy unless you organize it better. Restaurants should be alphabetical, of course, but should also be grouped according to city, area or region.

                              Galveston: Leon's, Queens
                              Alvin: Joe's
                              Pearland: Central Texas
                              Texas City: Grand Prize
                              Dickinson: AJ's, Little's (another, Dickinson BBQ, puts peanut butter in their sauce)
                              League City: Red River
                              Clear Lake City: Tony's
                              El Lago / Seabrook: Bay Area MM & Smokehouse
                              Webster/Friendswood: Texas Roadhouse, Pappas
                              Houston: (Like Austin, where to begin?)
                              Huntsville: Here on Chowhound, much has been said about New Zion Mission Baptist BBQ in Huntsville. Our group is planning to rent a stretch van and go up there from Houston one of these week-ends, but I can't say more until then.

                              There's a few for starters, running from south to north.

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                                FrugalDanny RE: Pirate Paul Feb 16, 2009 04:33 PM

                                i hear ya it is headed towards getting as big as texas...noted and a strategy will be forth coming...thank you paul in the meantime i will just keep on adding..

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                                  FrugalDanny RE: FrugalDanny Feb 17, 2009 03:19 AM

                                  i've split them out by city...

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                                stephanieh RE: FrugalDanny Feb 20, 2009 12:52 PM

                                Danny, a correction for you... Salt Lick is in Driftwood, not Buda. I don't care for it, but it is famous.

                                You might also add Opie's
                                125 Spur 191
                                Spicewood TX (in the Austin area)
                                www.opiesbarbecue.com

                                Also, Rudy's is a pretty large chain, but you only have a San Antonio address. I know of several in the Austin area as well.

                                I don't know if you're going for comprehensive or selective, but if you're not just listing the "elite" (as in real pit bbq that sells out early in the day), I'd add the County Lines (two in Austin). I think it's better than Rudy's. www.countyline.com

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                                  FrugalDanny RE: stephanieh Apr 6, 2009 03:23 PM

                                  It looks like Opie's may have closed...

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                                    stephanieh RE: FrugalDanny Apr 9, 2009 10:26 AM

                                    I haven't been out there to check, but there's a new post on the Austin board with this website, and they look like they're still alive....
                                    http://opiesbarbecue.lbu.com/aboutus....

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                                      FrugalDanny RE: stephanieh Apr 9, 2009 03:00 PM

                                      sure enough thank you I'll put em back.

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                                  Matt. RE: FrugalDanny Feb 20, 2009 02:12 PM

                                  I'd add North Main BBQ in Euless. AYCE, Fri->Sun only. It's been there as long as I remember.

                                  http://www.northmainbbq.com
                                  North Main BBQ
                                  406 North Main
                                  Euless, TX 76039

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                                  North Main Bar BQ
                                  406 N Main St, Euless, TX 76039

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                                    FrugalDanny RE: Matt. Feb 20, 2009 03:33 PM

                                    I didn't have much in lubbock sanantonio el paso and other parts west...felt i had to come up with something to represent...i'm not attached to what i have there and some other places and could easily replace with some suggested places from you and the board or maybe they just don't have the level in those places we are seeking?...thanks stephanie & matt...

                                    i know there is more than one place that lacks consensus and it is a quandary wrapped up in a dilemma for me because as long as someone likes a place for any of a variety of reasons: it's good to them, tradition, sentimental nod, etc.. i feel like i should respect that..

                                    I've been asked by the moderators not to respond so often like to thank each one of you each time you post. I have just now got the brainstorm instead to write a thanks to the suggesting poster under each place listed....

                                    Know that I'm watching and updating and abiding and being thankful and will occasionally surface here...in the meantime you know where to find me.

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                                      billbertg RE: FrugalDanny Feb 22, 2009 04:58 AM

                                      Are you kidding me, Hard Eight in Stephenville? Barely tolerable. Try Tumbleweed, voted best in Erath County over Hard Eight. I suggest you try'em before you pick'em.

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                                        Transplanted Texan RE: FrugalDanny Mar 27, 2009 11:53 AM

                                        Fat Mac's on Old Calder Rd. in Beaumont is pretty darn good. Can't comment on the barbecue sauce because I've never tried it! You just don't need it, the meat is so flavorful and tender!

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                                        Dallassooner RE: Matt. Mar 12, 2009 08:15 AM

                                        I'm going here for lunch on Saturday. Wanted it last week and was too "cheap" to drive over to Euless; but I won't make that mistake again. Good food and very friendly people.

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                                        Johnny Hughes RE: FrugalDanny Mar 12, 2009 06:39 AM

                                        Tom & Bingo's of Lubbock has been named to the top fifty by Texas Monthly twice. John Morthland said it was "the best bar-b-que west of I35." Back in 1997, Joe Nick Patoski, author of Willie Nelson: An Epic Life was doing the big story on bar-b-q for Texas Monthly. I took him to several big bar-b-que joints in Lubbock. Then he asked me where I ate bar-b-que. I took him to Tom & Bingo's where I have eaten for forty years. Twice, Texas Monthly has said this was the very best in West Texas.

                                        Johnny Hughes www.JohnnyHughes.com West Texas stories

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                                          joedontexan RE: Johnny Hughes Mar 12, 2009 05:15 PM

                                          Blacks bbq in Lockhart must be taken off the iist it was terrible last time I was there. Put Chisholm Trail in its place also in Lockhart a better choice.

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                                            FrugalDanny RE: joedontexan Mar 12, 2009 08:44 PM

                                            I have 4 places in Lockhart!

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                                              joedontexan RE: FrugalDanny Mar 13, 2009 03:53 PM

                                              I have to add Lairds bbq in llano for sure great bbq chicken

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                                              Steve Green RE: joedontexan Mar 30, 2009 04:03 AM

                                              joedontexan -- you can't be serious. Black's gets lots of great reviews, and it's some of the best 'Q I've ever had.. All places have a bad day now and then. BBQ is by definition inconsistent. As many have pointed out, it's an art, not a craft.

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                                                Jaymes RE: Steve Green Mar 30, 2009 07:47 AM

                                                I totally agree with this. I've been going to Black's for decades. Like Steve says, on any given day, any given joint can be subpar, even the absolute best of them. Even Black's. After all, you're dealing with an inconsistant organic product, and the fickle variations of smoke, weather, wood and fire. But all in all, pound for pound, I've found their brisket to be most consistantly fabulous.

                                                Not only would they never be off of my list - they're always in the top five.

                                                Deservedly.

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                                                tuckspop RE: joedontexan Nov 4, 2009 05:52 AM

                                                The owner of Chisholm Trail, Floyd, grew up learning how to bbq at Blacks. Lots of the locals eat at Chisholm Trail.. I like it too. The only thing is that they like to put mayo on your sliced beef sandwich, which I don't like

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                                              tiomano RE: FrugalDanny Mar 13, 2009 08:17 PM

                                              My west Texas cousins from Odessa were raving about this bbq place in Brownwood so we went. God, it was awful. Everything was served off a steam table. I don't remember the name but it has been there since forever. I guess if that is how you like your bbq then have at it but I will not go back.

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                                                shanagain RE: tiomano Mar 23, 2009 01:40 PM

                                                I bet it was Underwoods - we made the mistake of stopping there once and my husband still teases me about it. It also killed his interest in road food stops for quite a while!

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                                                Salt_ofthe_Earth RE: FrugalDanny Mar 13, 2009 10:35 PM

                                                One of my favorites in Austin is House Park. This little place near downtown isn't much bigger than a minute. It's been open since the 40's and is only open for lunch. There are only 6 or 7 things on the menu, but it's great. The atmosphere is authentic BBQ shack. Their motto: Need no teef to eat my beef.

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                                                  JMark RE: FrugalDanny Mar 17, 2009 05:03 PM

                                                  Fritzes in Boerne, Buck and Ozzies in Bulverde, a new Coopers in New Braunfels, Texas Pride in San Antonio.

                                                  Fritzes is new but the bbq is coming along nicely, Busk and Ozzies also has decent Chili.

                                                  Rudys at Leon Spings exit off I-10 west is the original and best.

                                                  1. DallasDude RE: FrugalDanny Mar 27, 2009 06:26 PM

                                                    Is it just me that doesn't get the Sonny Bryans obsession? I have lived in Dallas all my life, and as a child it seemed decent enough. However recent visits have really put me off. I do not care for the way they slice each rib off the rack and grill it doused in sauce. Makes the rib dry. Everything else seems extremely medium. Is it the many locations that altered its quality? Also doesn't help that the hack Racheal Ray went there on a visit to Dallas to extol its virtues. -- If I am out of line, feel free to smack me!

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                                                      Texzilla RE: DallasDude Mar 28, 2009 02:23 PM

                                                      I'm a Texan that grew up in Memphis and then returned, so my perspective is somewhat different because I have a strong prediliction for pork. Sadly, I've watched Texans dilute their culture with their affinity for chain barbecue; I witnessed an argument at work recently between some idiots on the virtues of Colter's vs Spring Creek, both of which are horrible.

                                                      Add Cassteven's Cash and Carry on 917 in Lillian. This is back to your roots barbecue in a gas station, convenience store, and laudromat. Always a TM top 50.

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                                                      chilecat RE: FrugalDanny Mar 29, 2009 05:26 AM

                                                      Add KD's BBQ offI-20 Midland Tx. off I-20
                                                      Prices are good, service good, food great

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                                                        Sioux RE: chilecat Mar 30, 2009 07:45 AM

                                                        Ate at Coopers in Llano, thought I would give them one more chance. Beans were the best thing. Ribs were so so, chicken was good. The brisket was horrible, no meat, all fat. I will never waste my money or time again.

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                                                          luniz RE: Sioux Apr 7, 2009 02:03 PM

                                                          Ate there myself last weekend. Very good brisket and prime rib. Bark on the pork ribs was underwhelming. Pork chop was a bit dry but fairly good. Sausage was quite to my liking, loosely ground and flavorful. They use mesquite wood instead of post oak resulting in a much less smokey flavor. Many people actually prefer fatty pieces of brisket to the leaner stuff. As long as the connective tissue is not an issue I'm usually happy. If you don't like fatty brisket, you should ask for a leaner piece.

                                                          I'd say overall it's pretty solid, still far better than anything available in the DFW metro area, but not even close to touching Smitty's and probably not up to City Market or Kreuz standards either. At least they don't dump a bunch of crappy sauce all over everything like Salt Lick does...blech.

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                                                        dvaughn971 RE: FrugalDanny Apr 2, 2009 01:45 PM

                                                        It looks like your list is growing. You may want to check out a few other resources as well. Texas Monthly magazine has a 2003 and 2008 issue of the Top 50 BBQ joints in Texas as well as the runeer up's here. http://www.texasmonthly.com/magazine/bbq
                                                        Also see John DeMers new book "Follow the Smoke" about Texas BBQ. There are also lots of blogs out there dedicated to Texas BBQ, so do some google searches.

                                                        One thing to make sure of is to add Lum's in Junction, Prause Meat Market in La Grange, Snow's in Lexington, Gonzales Food Market in Gonzales, Billy Bob's in Hondo, and take Sonny Bryan's off the list.

                                                        - BBQ Snob @ Full Custom Gospel BBQ

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                                                          kls82 RE: FrugalDanny Apr 3, 2009 08:24 PM

                                                          Central Texas BBQ in Pearland, just south of Houston on Broadway (FM 518). It has been there for over 26 years and is a local favorite. I'm not really sure if anyone outside of Pearland even knows it exists, but the bbq is the best I've ever had, besides my own of course.

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                                                            carfreeinla RE: FrugalDanny Apr 6, 2009 05:54 PM

                                                            State Line has no business being on this list- no matter how much you want to represent El Paso.

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                                                              FrugalDanny RE: carfreeinla Dec 20, 2009 06:27 PM

                                                              Why doesn't it belong

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                                                              Jaymes RE: FrugalDanny Apr 7, 2009 07:00 AM

                                                              I don't see Hinze BBQ on HWY 59 in Wharton. Really should be there. Excellent barbecue. A great find.

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                                                                LaCarmencita RE: FrugalDanny Apr 7, 2009 01:22 PM

                                                                I totally second the City Market in Luling BUT you did not include the JbarB Sausage Co. Of course I understand because it is a tiny hole in the wall in Waelder, TX (you enter through a swinging saloon door at the back of a convenience store) but it is phenomenal. The moment that the waiter opens the smoker lid and the gray mesquite scented cloud rises to the ceiling your know that something precious is about to take place. I can not overstate the impact of their smoked sausage, the tenderness of their brisket. I speak as the daughter of a Waelder native, now resident of Paris, France. This is beautiful food. Please add it to your list. You will not be sorry for the incredible secret you have shared.

                                                                http://www.jbfoods.com/

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                                                                  teanutz RE: FrugalDanny Apr 8, 2009 10:24 AM

                                                                  Lulling City BBQ
                                                                  4726 Richmond Avenue
                                                                  Houston, Texas 77027
                                                                  http://lulingcitymarket.com/home.html

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                                                                    Steve Green RE: teanutz Apr 9, 2009 02:06 PM

                                                                    "Lulling City BBQ...Houston"

                                                                    Haven't been, but my understanding is that this place is NOT related to the famed City Market in Luling.

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                                                                      Jaymes RE: Steve Green Apr 9, 2009 02:14 PM

                                                                      That's right. They're not. And I think ripping off the name and implying there is some connection is despicable. They'll never get a penny of my money, and I don't give a rip how good they may or may not be.

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                                                                        scrumptiouschef RE: Jaymes May 14, 2009 02:47 PM

                                                                        Jaymes
                                                                        Let's get a posse up and ride over to Houston and dry gulch these blackguards.

                                                                        http://www.houstonpress.com/2005-05-2...

                                                                        Robb Walsh breaks these no accounts down proper in the link.

                                                                        Anybody been to R&G Bar-B-Que in McMahan.The original Luling family tree extends here.

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                                                                          Jaymes RE: scrumptiouschef May 14, 2009 04:22 PM

                                                                          Boy, I'd love to. I just hate the fact that they're still in business, still using somebody else's name, still selling somebody else's sauce.

                                                                          But even worse than that, I think, are the customers that go there, find the 'cue only average, and then say (and believe) things like, "Well, I haven't been to Luling, but I've had barbecue from the one in Houston and I didn't think it was that good."

                                                                  2. FrugalDanny RE: FrugalDanny May 12, 2009 02:40 PM

                                                                    Added Hinze in Wharton J Bar B in Waelder Lum's in Junction, Prause Meat Market in La Grange, Snow's in Lexington, Gonzales Food Market in Gonzales, Billy Bob's in Hondo

                                                                    looking to see what I missed ..????

                                                                    Thank you

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                                                                      paul balbin RE: FrugalDanny May 12, 2009 05:44 PM

                                                                      Excellent , The owners are very nice folks too

                                                                      RJ Bar-B-Que
                                                                      1405 North Bryant
                                                                      San Angelo, Texas
                                                                      325 659 4422

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                                                                        Texashog RE: FrugalDanny Jun 26, 2009 02:59 PM

                                                                        You might look at adding Bob's Barbeque in Henderson, TX to your list. Mainly take out but they have added a small dining area recently.

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                                                                          FrugalDanny RE: Texashog Jun 27, 2009 02:53 PM

                                                                          Thank you I'll check Bob's out

                                                                        2. twinwillow RE: FrugalDanny Jun 28, 2009 11:51 AM

                                                                          After reading some favorable reports, I drove out to Big Daddy's Roadhouse BBQ in Lavon on Saturday. All I can say is, totally forgettable. Definitely not worth the drive from Dallas.

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                                                                            tuckspop RE: twinwillow Nov 4, 2009 06:01 AM

                                                                            Have to put The Gonzales Food Market in Gonzales on the list. Great sausage.

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                                                                              FrugalDanny RE: tuckspop Nov 7, 2009 03:34 PM

                                                                              Its on the list

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                                                                                zorra RE: FrugalDanny Nov 15, 2009 06:52 PM

                                                                                Galvan's Sausage House in Richmond, on Highway 90A at Pitts Road. A little red mom-and-pop shack with consistently good brisket, sausage, and ribs. On my way to work I can often see the smoke billowing from behind the building. They sell their own boudin, too, but I haven't tried it yet.

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                                                                                Galvan's Sausage House
                                                                                1924 E Highway 90A, Richmond, TX 77406

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                                                                                  James Cristinian RE: zorra Nov 16, 2009 11:34 AM

                                                                                  I love this place. It's about time to make the forty or so mile round trip, now that it's cooler. I get the brisket with the fat left on.

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                                                                                    FrugalDanny RE: James Cristinian Nov 17, 2009 03:43 PM

                                                                                    Will add. List and map are on my website but can't link here - website is on my profile from there go to bbq texas on link list thanks.

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                                                                                      FrugalDanny RE: FrugalDanny Nov 18, 2009 04:12 AM

                                                                                      Galvan's is still open? Seeing a mention that it's closed

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                                                                                        James Cristinian RE: FrugalDanny Nov 18, 2009 08:19 AM

                                                                                        Where did you see that? I just called them, and they are indeed still open.

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                                                                                          FrugalDanny RE: James Cristinian Nov 18, 2009 01:13 PM

                                                                                          Good I'll work up a pin and post for them - says they are permanently closed on Google - http://maps.google.com/maps?pz=1&...

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                                                                                            James Cristinian RE: FrugalDanny Nov 18, 2009 09:24 PM

                                                                                            I read the Google link and one thing that comes to mind is that they had a fire a while back and were closed for a few months, and were uncertain of re-opening. This was maybe 18 months ago, if not more. That might explain it.

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                                                                                              FrugalDanny RE: James Cristinian Nov 19, 2009 08:13 AM

                                                                                              makes sense - I'll post it map it plus try to get google to change it to open

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                                                                                          zorra RE: FrugalDanny Nov 24, 2009 11:36 AM

                                                                                          I think they may have been closed for a little while after Hurricane ike. The sign that used to be on the roof has been propped up against the front of the building since the hurricane. But no, they certainly are open.

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                                                                              EdLagniappe RE: FrugalDanny Nov 15, 2009 10:48 PM

                                                                              Well ... can't say I believe in some of the places folks have listed ... but to each his/her own.

                                                                              I'd like to add my favorite BBQ inside San Antonio ... marvelous by itself, and if you get it w/ his jerked sauce, it gets downright perky. I like the sauce on the side so I can control the heat.

                                                                              Willard's Jamaican Jerk BBQ 736-5375 & 639-5375
                                                                              726 E Mistletoe
                                                                              San Antonio, TX
                                                                              M-Sa 11-19 / Su closed
                                                                              ...
                                                                              And ... while we are at it ... suggest you also include in your website database all the Tx wineries that have tasting rooms. Most of them are glad to have folks picnic at the winery ... and what could be better than a daytrip to get BBQ & wine? And, with your comprehensive list of BBQ joints ... if you added the tasting rooms, a couple could go in almost any direction in TX & get both. What a day!

                                                                              So, may I suggest:
                                                                              Dry Comal Creek Vineyards & Winery 830-885-4076
                                                                              1741 Herbelin Rd
                                                                              New Braunfels, TX
                                                                              Open W-Su 12-17 // Tours 14, 15 & 16
                                                                              I recommend their: Dry Comal Creek Red w/ BBQ ... by itself it's moderately sweet, but with BBQ it's highly complex, flavors of plum, blackberry, cocoa ... stupendous w/ BBQ
                                                                              Coincidentally, it's one of their cheapest wines.

                                                                              Then there's
                                                                              www.threedudeswinery.com
                                                                              it's on my way to/from Lockhart from IH-35

                                                                              I hope you expand your project ... they were meant to be together :-)

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                                                                                FrugalDanny RE: EdLagniappe Nov 17, 2009 03:45 PM

                                                                                Thanks Ed. Thats a great idea. guess wine tastes are still pretty much free or cheap...Will also check and add Willards later..

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                                                                                sline RE: FrugalDanny Nov 19, 2009 05:17 AM

                                                                                PLEASE add Smokey Joe's! I saw one post at the very beginning about it. It is a pork place. It is a tiny renovated old style filling station - takeout only. It's pretty much a smoke pit with a door. I love their ribs - tender and flavorful - you eat them and there is nothing left but a skinny little bone.

                                                                                Go south on 35 from Dallas and look for it on the west side of the highway - it faces it. It's a tiny white bldg with red trim and smoke coming out of the top. Between Ledbetter and Camp Wisdom.

                                                                                Smokey Joe's Bar-B-Que
                                                                                6407 S R L Thornton Fwy

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                                                                                  sline RE: FrugalDanny Nov 19, 2009 05:18 AM

                                                                                  City Meat Market in Giddings.

                                                                                  NW corner of Hwys 290 and 77.

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                                                                                    Jaymes RE: sline Nov 19, 2009 05:51 AM

                                                                                    I'll second this. It's really pretty terrific. Tootsie (the pitmaster at Snow's in Lexington) used to work here.

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                                                                                      sline RE: Jaymes Nov 19, 2009 06:32 AM

                                                                                      Yay! Glad to hear since Giddings is my hometown.

                                                                                      Snow's is incredible.

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                                                                                        FrugalDanny RE: sline Nov 19, 2009 09:39 AM

                                                                                        Smokey Joes on Dallas & Texas BBQ Maps and pages.

                                                                                        Also City Meat Market on TX Map and page.

                                                                                        Thanks I'm really hungry now - lunchtime!

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                                                                                          FrugalDanny RE: FrugalDanny Nov 23, 2009 03:30 PM

                                                                                          Thanks to everyone for your input - Looking for further input on the current state of the Texas Map and Page at Frugal Danny and Roxanne's Texas BBQ

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                                                                                    EdLagniappe RE: FrugalDanny Nov 24, 2009 12:14 AM

                                                                                    Since I think we all are aware of some stinkers in this entire list of BBQ places ... is there any way you can allow folks to vote on different place names & locations? That way folks could evaluate a place w/ 1 vote for ... vs places w/ 250 votes for 'em as being relatively different. Just a phone book listing of all the BBQ places in TX, by definition, has to have lots of crappy places mixed w/ the good places. A vote is the only way I can suggest to give the places on your map a comparative rating. Maybe someone else has a suggestion.

                                                                                    Ed

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                                                                                      FrugalDanny RE: EdLagniappe Nov 24, 2009 01:33 AM

                                                                                      How about everybody state here the ones they like - will list their name with each place - something along the lines of "An EdLagniappe approved place" like AAA approved. I recall some people like your stinkers.. Different ribs for different folks ( :-D )
                                                                                      If there are any places that don't get votes, after a respectable amount of time, will eventually remove them

                                                                                    2. FrugalDanny RE: FrugalDanny Dec 19, 2009 03:54 AM

                                                                                      The current list:

                                                                                      Abilene
                                                                                      Harold's Pit Bar BQ

                                                                                      Alvin
                                                                                      Joe's Barbeque

                                                                                      Austin
                                                                                      Artz Rib House
                                                                                      House Park Bar-B-Q
                                                                                      Iron Works Barbecue
                                                                                      Mann's Smokehouse
                                                                                      Sam's Bar-B-Cue

                                                                                      Beaumont
                                                                                      Fat Mac's Smokehouse‎

                                                                                      Dallas
                                                                                      Mike Andersons
                                                                                      Peggy Sue BBQ
                                                                                      Sammy's Bar B Que
                                                                                      Smokey Joe's Bar-B-Que
                                                                                      Sonny Bryan's
                                                                                      Sweet Georgia Brown's BBQ

                                                                                      Driftwood
                                                                                      The Salt Lick Barbecue Restaurant

                                                                                      El Paso
                                                                                      State Line

                                                                                      Euless
                                                                                      North Main Bar BQ

                                                                                      Fort Worth
                                                                                      Angelo's
                                                                                      Cousin's Pit Barbecue

                                                                                      Galveston
                                                                                      Queen's Barbecue

                                                                                      Giddings
                                                                                      City Meat Market

                                                                                      Gonzales
                                                                                      Gonzales Food Market

                                                                                      Henderson
                                                                                      Bob's Barbecue

                                                                                      Hondo
                                                                                      Billy Bob's Backyard Barbq

                                                                                      Houston
                                                                                      Burn's Bar-B-Que
                                                                                      Demeris Barbecue
                                                                                      Goode Company Barbeque
                                                                                      Harris County Smokehouse
                                                                                      Pierson BBQ

                                                                                      Humble
                                                                                      MO's B-B-Q

                                                                                      Huntsville
                                                                                      New Zion Missionary Baptist BBQ

                                                                                      Junction
                                                                                      Lum's

                                                                                      Kilgore
                                                                                      Country Tavern Barbecue

                                                                                      La Grange
                                                                                      Prause Meat Market

                                                                                      Lavon
                                                                                      Big Daddy's Roadhouse BBQ

                                                                                      League City
                                                                                      Red River Bar-B-Que

                                                                                      Lexington
                                                                                      Snow's BBQ

                                                                                      Lillian
                                                                                      Casstevens Cash and Carry Grocery

                                                                                      Llano
                                                                                      Coopers Bar B Que Restaurant

                                                                                      Lockhart
                                                                                      Black's Barbecue
                                                                                      Chisholm Trail Bar-B-Q
                                                                                      Kruez Market
                                                                                      Smitty's Market

                                                                                      Lubbock
                                                                                      Tom and Bingo's Hickory Pit Bar-B-Que

                                                                                      Lulling
                                                                                      City Market

                                                                                      Midland
                                                                                      K D's Bar-B-Q II Go

                                                                                      Pearland
                                                                                      Central Texas Style Barbecue

                                                                                      Richmond
                                                                                      Galvan's Sausage House

                                                                                      San Angelo
                                                                                      R J Bar-B-Que

                                                                                      San Antonio
                                                                                      Rudy's Country Store
                                                                                      Willard's Jamaican Jerk

                                                                                      Spicewood
                                                                                      Opie's Barbecue

                                                                                      Stephenville
                                                                                      Hard-Eight Barbeque

                                                                                      Taylor
                                                                                      Louie Mueller Barbecue

                                                                                      Texas City
                                                                                      Grand Prize Barbeque

                                                                                      Tioga
                                                                                      Clark's Outpost Bar-B-Q

                                                                                      Tyler
                                                                                      Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ

                                                                                      Waelder
                                                                                      J Bar B Foods

                                                                                      Wharton
                                                                                      Hinze Bar-B-Q

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                                                                                        austincisco RE: FrugalDanny Aug 9, 2010 12:31 PM

                                                                                        Danny - I'm late to the party, but think you've put together a great list. A few more for you to consider:

                                                                                        Austin
                                                                                        County Line (I didn't read back on any previous conversation about the CL that you may have had, but it's an institution and solid bbq. If you're leaving out chains or franchises, I understand ....if that's the case, Sonny Bryan's should go. And the State Line in El Paso is a CL franchise.)
                                                                                        Franklin BBQ

                                                                                        Belton
                                                                                        Schoepf's Old Time BBQ

                                                                                        Ellinger
                                                                                        Peter's BBQ

                                                                                        Elgin
                                                                                        Southside Market

                                                                                        Bastrop
                                                                                        Billy's Pit BBQ

                                                                                        Kyle
                                                                                        Milt's BBQ

                                                                                        Johnson City
                                                                                        Ronnie's BBQ

                                                                                      2. Perilagu Khan RE: FrugalDanny Dec 19, 2009 07:14 AM

                                                                                        J&M Bar B Q
                                                                                        3605 34th
                                                                                        Lubbock, Texas

                                                                                        Powell's Country Bar-B-Q
                                                                                        19th Street
                                                                                        Lubbock, Texas

                                                                                        Eddie's Pit BBQ
                                                                                        1324 E 50th,
                                                                                        Lubbock, Texas

                                                                                        Klemke's Bar B Q Joint
                                                                                        Slaton, Texas

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                                                                                          LDiablo RE: FrugalDanny Dec 19, 2009 08:35 PM

                                                                                          Having eaten all five of the Texas Monthly joints and many honorable mentions (and more), there's a place in Waco with the ribs better than I've had anywhere. The place is over 90 years old and as an added treat, serves Dublin Dr Pepper out of the fountain. Tuesday's are all-you-can-eat ribs and it's the best deal in town.

                                                                                          Jasper's BBQ
                                                                                          105 Clifton St.
                                                                                          Waco

                                                                                          1. FrugalDanny RE: FrugalDanny Dec 20, 2009 05:20 AM

                                                                                            I'm removing Salt Lick from the list

                                                                                            Goode on kirby still there - but have directly referenced and linked to the differing views here

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                                                                                              texasredtop RE: FrugalDanny Dec 20, 2009 05:33 AM

                                                                                              What's wrong with Salt Lick? I haven't been there yet but was looking forward to eating there on our next trip to the Cabela's store.

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                                                                                                FrugalDanny RE: texasredtop Dec 21, 2009 03:46 AM

                                                                                                let us know what you think

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                                                                                                  texasredtop RE: FrugalDanny Dec 21, 2009 04:55 AM

                                                                                                  If it's coming off the list, I'm going to do some investigating. I'm not going to make a stop there if it's no longer worth it. Have you been lately? I won't be going to Austin until probably about February. It's still hunting season so that takes up all our time right now.

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                                                                                                    FrugalDanny RE: texasredtop Dec 21, 2009 07:15 AM

                                                                                                    Been reading reviews with much disdain for salt lick - made me think it was living off its past glory - however reading your post made me dig into Full Custom Gospel's review - http://fcg-bbq.blogspot.com/2009/01/s... and it's kind of turning my mind around now

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                                                                                                      woodburner RE: FrugalDanny Dec 21, 2009 08:02 AM

                                                                                                      Danny: Just read that review in the link... it doesn't really even make sense. The guy complains about the brisket bark on the first plate, then like sit on the second plate... he says the ribs don't have enough flavor or smoke...but seems to like them. It's an inconsistent review. Their sauce and meats are not up to hill country snuff, IMHO. The brick pit out front is for show, and the Oylers in the back are classics, but gas/wood combos....... hence lack of smoke.

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                                                                                                        FrugalDanny RE: woodburner Dec 21, 2009 08:50 AM

                                                                                                        I hear ya - my take away was to be selective - requesting crusty brisket ("We requested a sauce free second plate with crusty pieces of brisket. This is where the Salt Lick shines. The brisket had a crust like no other with deep flavor and abundant sugar cookies. The meat was smoky, tender and moist with great flavor even without the sauce.")...also snappy sausage sounded alright but refrain on the ribs...

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                                                                                                          Jaymes RE: FrugalDanny Dec 21, 2009 09:13 AM

                                                                                                          Regarding the Salt Lick, if it were my list, I'd probably not leave it out entirely. It's really famous and many people are eager to try it when they visit Texas. Leaving it out would make them wonder why it's not even mentioned on what is supposed to be a comprehensive list. And unfortunately, rather than questioning whether or not the Salt Lick deserves to be included, they might well question whether or not you know what you're talking about, and even if the rest of your list is valid.

                                                                                                          I'd say something like: "Texas institution, originally opened in 1969 by Thurman Roberts and his wife Hisako (whom he met while stationed as a soldier in Kauai) on his family's historic ranch land in Driftwood just south of Austin. The unique sauce has fruity Asian undertones, a result of Hisako's influence. The quality of the Salt Lick's barbecue has become the subject of considerable controversy among Texans since Thurman's death in 1981, with many feeling that Thurman's son, Scott, has sacrificed quality for commercial success. However, even though the current comon wisdom is that the barbecue itself is mediocre, the Salt Lick remains popular with tourists and some locals primarily due to its incomparable ambiance. And everyone agrees that the peach cobbler is terrific."

                                                                                                          Just a suggestion.

                                                                                                          But like I said, I wouldn't leave it out entirely.

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                                                                                                            James Cristinian RE: Jaymes Jan 4, 2010 12:43 PM

                                                                                                            I had really fond memories of Salt Lick, and was hesitant to criticize. This 'splains it. I haven't been since the late 70's, their halcyon days, before it was discovered by throngs.

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                                                                                                              Jaymes RE: James Cristinian Jan 4, 2010 02:44 PM

                                                                                                              Yes. And, most important, before Thurman died and Scott decided that selling coozies and hats and T-shirts and catering weddings and bar mitzvahs and hauling in coachloads of tourists was more important than the quality of the 'cue.

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                                                                                                              austincisco RE: Jaymes Aug 9, 2010 11:07 AM

                                                                                                              I think Jaymes has a pretty good perspective on SL. I live about five minutes from it, and have eaten there probably 20+ times. Is it up to the standards of say Smitty's or Mueller's? No ....but it's still above average overall and pretty consistent, and certainly much better than some of the others I've seen on the list. I think the Lick stays on the list.

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                                                                                                  Jaymes RE: FrugalDanny Dec 20, 2009 12:17 PM

                                                                                                  Why is Thelma's in Houston not on the list? Everybody I've talked to says it's quite good. Much much better than Goode Co.

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                                                                                                    chime RE: Jaymes Dec 20, 2009 05:32 PM

                                                                                                    Henk's BBQ 4315 Teckla Boulevard, Amarillo, TX‎ has real good BBQ and sauces. The prices are reasonable and the workers are friendly.

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                                                                                                      texasredtop RE: Jaymes Dec 21, 2009 05:04 AM

                                                                                                      I've heard the food is inconsistent and Thelma regularly throws people out of the building for asking questions about her food, like "what do you recommend?" and similar things. There are tons of complaints on the different restaurant review sites about her.

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                                                                                                        FrugalDanny RE: texasredtop Dec 21, 2009 08:33 AM

                                                                                                        the throwing out on a regular basis part intrigues me... (:-D

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                                                                                                          Jaymes RE: FrugalDanny Dec 21, 2009 08:47 AM

                                                                                                          The 'barbecue nazi'?

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                                                                                                            texasredtop RE: FrugalDanny Dec 21, 2009 09:13 AM

                                                                                                            LOL - like Jaymes says, the que nazi. Too funny. I would just leave if she got nasty with me. I don't give my money to establishments that verbally abuse me. But that's just me. Guys would likely go in just to mess with her.

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                                                                                                      samblnc RE: FrugalDanny Jan 4, 2010 12:25 PM

                                                                                                      Cotten's BBQ
                                                                                                      607 US-77
                                                                                                      Robstown, TX 78380

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                                                                                                        texasredtop RE: samblnc Mar 2, 2011 05:49 PM

                                                                                                        Joe Cotten's burned down today.

                                                                                                        http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/m...

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                                                                                                        confirmed realist RE: FrugalDanny Feb 14, 2010 10:53 AM

                                                                                                        M&M Bar-B-Q and Deli 1505 Hailey St in Sweetwater, TX is HANDS DOWN by FAR the best baebecue I have ever tasted.

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                                                                                                          shanagain RE: confirmed realist Feb 16, 2010 11:05 AM

                                                                                                          Very interesting considering it just opened a couple of weeks ago. You'd think there would be some kinks to work out.

                                                                                                          What made it the best? I don't remember seeing a smoker outside - where did the 'Q come from?

                                                                                                        2. bhoward RE: FrugalDanny Jul 12, 2010 02:18 PM

                                                                                                          Just noticed that no one has listed Taylor Cafe in Taylor, TX. Excellent BBQ.
                                                                                                          Taylor Cafe
                                                                                                          101 N. Main St.
                                                                                                          Taylor, Texas
                                                                                                          (512) 352-2828

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                                                                                                            Jaymes RE: bhoward Jul 12, 2010 03:57 PM

                                                                                                            But just a warning about the Taylor Cafe...

                                                                                                            If you hate eating your meals while inhaling clouds of cigarette smoke, don't go here. I had planned to have lunch at this place but the smoke was so unpleasant that I decided to just take my ribs and brisket to go.

                                                                                                            By the time I got home to Austin, the meat was cold, but the paper it was wrapped in still reeked of cigarette smoke. Bleh.

                                                                                                            If this were my only place to go to get good barbecue, I'd probably put up with that, regardless as to how disgusting it is.

                                                                                                            But it isn't and so I don't.

                                                                                                            And won't.

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                                                                                                            ptlycldy RE: FrugalDanny Jul 17, 2010 08:17 AM

                                                                                                            I see that East Texas is under-reported here. I'll offer up two that are worth mentioning.

                                                                                                            The first is
                                                                                                            Shep's Bar-B-Q
                                                                                                            1013 E Palestine Ave
                                                                                                            Palestine, TX 75801
                                                                                                            (903) 729-4206

                                                                                                            It's a traditional, hole in the wall, Texas style bar-b-que. Mainly brisket, but with sausage and ribs. Been here for years with brisk trade. Good. Dine in with lots of sides -- fried okra, slaw, potato salad, etc -- desert, iced tea, or take out.

                                                                                                            A new place is the Purple Pig, which, though on State Hwy 155 is easy to miss. Driving south from Tyler on 155, through Nooday, if you get to the stoplight at Brookshires, you've gone about a half mile too far. It is on the east side of the road. Going north, after you pass Lake Palestine, after the first stoplight -- Brookshires is on the left -- the Pig will be about a half mile further on your right.

                                                                                                            Purple Pig
                                                                                                            19785 State Highway 155 S
                                                                                                            Flint, TX 75762-4617
                                                                                                            (903) 825-6800

                                                                                                            NOTE: The postal address says Flint, TX but they are not in downtown Flint, but rather on Hwy 155.

                                                                                                            As you might expect, the specialty is pork: pulled pork sandwiches made with slaw on top if you ask to make it purple, ribs, even decent catfish, as well as brisket, sausage and chicken. They even have entertainment on some nights -- never been there for it, but I understand it's good. I usually pass by there on Sunday evenings and get take out, and the place is full.

                                                                                                            For those who go to the Canton, TX, first Monday trade days, the Purple Pig mans a place in one of the food courts.

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                                                                                                            Purple Pig Cafe
                                                                                                            19785 State Highway 155 S, Flint, TX 75762

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                                                                                                              SpurFan RE: FrugalDanny May 4, 2013 04:23 PM

                                                                                                              CorkScrew BBQ
                                                                                                              24930 Budde Road - The Woodlands, TX 77380

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                                                                                                                billbertg RE: FrugalDanny May 6, 2013 08:32 AM

                                                                                                                Out of the way for many of you but Rib Shack in Granbury (4021 Acton Hwy) has fall off the bone great ribs and mouth watering brisket. Try their homemade pickles, my wife thinks they are the bomb.

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