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ljero Feb 18, 2009 07:43 AM

so, as my earlier post said, we have been to Lockhart before, with stops to both Black's and Smitty's. I had wanted somewhere new, and recommendations were: Cooper's in Llano, City Market in Luling, Opie's in Spicewood and Snow's in Lexington.

Of those, which one has the best brisket? We are not sausage fans...ribs, have to be in the mood, but brisket--anytime!

Thank you! I leave today!!

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    ljero Feb 19, 2009 07:07 AM

    Thanks for the emails. Okay: so plan is to go to black's and City Market today, and then hit Snow's and possibly Louie Mueller's Sat am on a brisket mission.

    What about towns to stop in on the way? where is marble falls, for instance? Heard there was a tiny stand with great beef jerky that is a must stop? would love to see a few of the one horse towns along the way?

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      El General Feb 19, 2009 07:05 AM

      I have not been to Snow's yet, but City Market is the most consistent brisket excellence that I have found. It is the only place I have been where I have not yet hit a bad day or time.

      Also, in comparing the best I have head there with Mueller's in Taylor, Smitty's, Black's, Kreutz's, and Cooper's, I would give them the nod.

      Most Consistent and Best Fastball,

      I have not been to Snow's

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        chowmick Feb 19, 2009 06:43 AM

        For brisket I'd have to say Snow's, which is tender, moist, and flavorful, with medium smoke...cut from the fatty end. While there, definitely get some of the pork shoulder....maybe the best BBQ pork i've ever eaten. While in the neighborhood, get some brisket from Louie Mueller's also: a totally different style, heavy on the spiced caramelized bark, and much smokier. A contrast in styles, and both excellent, but damn that Snow's pork shoulder is fine.Snow's= Sat 8am until they run out around noonish). mick

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          taliesin15 Feb 19, 2009 02:37 AM

          Been to the first 4 on your list, and the brisket is outstanding at all, unless you get (for some reason) the lean brisket, which tends to be too dry, and IMHO is best either slathered with sauce or fed to a dog.

          1. uarent Feb 19, 2009 12:59 AM

            I have been to all 4 of the places to which you are thinking about going. I'd say Snow's has the best brisket of the 4 with City Market in Luling a close 2nd. Snow's is only open on Saturdays though, so watch out. Cooper's was good, but didn't live up to its billing. Opie's, as I remember, was also good, but wasn't a contender like I'd say the other's on your list are (with the exception of Black's, which I don't think it's nearly as good as Smitty's, Snow's or City Market) . That being said I didn't order when I had Opie's and the brisket I had was much leaner than I would ever order.

            1. Defman Feb 18, 2009 04:50 PM

              I've been to both Black's and City Market, both are excellent choices with a nod to City Market. Haven't been to Snow's yet, maybe this Saturday or next.

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                bassque Feb 18, 2009 06:15 PM

                Having just been to Snow's this past weekend, I highly recommend getting the fatty end of the brisket (I believe it's the point cut). Ask for it specifically and wait a little longer, if necessary. You won't be disappointed. It's not a bad idea to order from both ends to do your own comparison but, for me, one end was pedestrian and the other was sublime.

                Enjoy.

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                Northender Feb 18, 2009 01:56 PM

                Disclosure note - Boston yankee (not yankee fan though) checking in. Just visited Black's and City Market a couple of weeks ago fr a briske/sausage duel and both had A-1 brisket. Close enought to call it a tie. If we had any more room we would have headed on over to Smitty's for just a little more but had to fold. If we had places like City Market, Black's or Smitty's up in these parts, the lines would be out the door 24/7!

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                  cibodivino Feb 18, 2009 01:53 PM

                  While all your recommendations will provide great brisket, I have found Louie Mueller's in Taylor to have the most consistently excellent as it specifically relates to brisket.

                  You know who doesn't? Buzzie's BBQ in Kerrville. I have been on a quest to try as many of the Texas Monthly Top 50 as possible and was there this past weekend. Absolutely a joke. No smoke ring at all with the color and consistency of a medium well pork chop.

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                    Rene Feb 18, 2009 08:21 AM

                    I don't think that you can miss with any of those on any given day. I've been to City Market and loved both the brisket and the pork ribs. What I liked the most was that the smokiness was part of the experience without overwhelming the beef and pork flavors and textures (fatty brisket, of course). Yum!

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