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pickypicky Aug 4, 2009 09:19 PM

The only reason I'm going to my high school reunion in Tyler TX (from San Diego) this month is to eat as much barbecue in one weekend as I can. Please steer me to the right place(s). Thanks!

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    Otius Gojius Aug 5, 2009 02:47 AM

    I recommend taking Highway 31 east from Tyler towards Kilgore for Country Tavern.

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      EdLagniappe Aug 10, 2009 08:28 PM

      Anybody have an opinion on Louie Mueller's at 206 W 2nd in Tyler? How's it compare to Lockhart BBQ? I'm gonna be highballin' thru Tyler next month ... heard it was good. If not, I'll stock up at Black's or Smitty's & not even slow down in Tyler.
      Thanks

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        ddavis Aug 11, 2009 04:32 PM

        Someone is either joking or very confused. There is no Louie Mueller's in Tyler and there is no barbecue joint at 206 W. 2nd. That address is Bergfeld Park. What gives?

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          EdLagniappe Aug 13, 2009 04:54 AM

          My screwup ... he's in Taylor TX ... waaaay before I get to Tyler. I just thought I'd misspelled the city name in my PDA
          www.louiemuellerbarbecue.com

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            ddavis Aug 13, 2009 04:47 PM

            As for Louie Mueller's in Taylor -- wonderful. My favorite of all the big names. I go out of my way to stop by there when in the Austin area.

    2. ddavis Aug 5, 2009 05:15 PM

      I agree with Otius Gojius -- Country Tavern is a classic for pork ribs. Another good rib place is Rib Masters in Whitehouse, about 10 miles south of Tyler. The only good brisket in town is at Stanley's, which is inconsistent. Don't expect to find the best of Texas barbecue in Tyler -- it's just not to be found.

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        pickypicky Aug 6, 2009 06:35 AM

        Thanks for the help. I'll be driving from Tyler to Dallas. Anything in between?

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          twinwillow Aug 6, 2009 04:19 PM

          Just a long boring stretch of road.

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          Johanng Aug 8, 2009 05:06 PM

          East Texas Bar-B-Q -- ain't no such thing!

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            ddavis Aug 8, 2009 07:42 PM

            Well, it's not Central Texas barbecue, but it is barbecue.

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          txstarr Aug 8, 2009 09:58 PM

          Bodacious Bar-B-Q is the BEST brisket and sauce ever! The one in Tyler on Troup Hwy and the one in Longview are great. It is my fav.

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            EdLagniappe Aug 10, 2009 08:20 PM

            The simple fact that their brisket requires sauce already shows it ain't anything to get my hopes up for! Makes me think it's as low as the level of Bill Miller's or Rudy's! Maybe I'll pack a PB&J for my trip.

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              shannydiva Aug 11, 2009 05:20 AM

              How is Stanley's BBQ in Tyler? I am going there for the first time later this week-anyone have recommendations on what to order?

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                ddavis Aug 11, 2009 04:37 PM

                Stanley's is inconsistent, but if you catch it on a good day the brisket can be good -- just be sure to ask for the fatty brisket or it can be dry. Not worth a special trip to get it, but if you're in Tyler it's probably about the best you can do.

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                ddavis Aug 11, 2009 04:40 PM

                Bodacious is standard chain barbecue. OK if it's the only choice you have and you are hungry for barbecue.

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                  EdLagniappe Aug 13, 2009 04:49 AM

                  Thanks for the info on Tyler guys ... guess I'll bring a sack of ribs or fatty brisket from Lockhart as I drive through.

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              pickypicky Aug 14, 2009 03:37 PM

              Damn, that mention of Louie Mueller's managed to raise my hopes about 23 inches. But I knew it was too good to be true. Food is not my hometown's strongpoint. As for Stanley's, thanks for the tip on asking for the fat. That's what I probably need to do in every joint I visit. For some reason, they think chicks like it lean.

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                Johanng Aug 17, 2009 09:09 AM

                No such thing as BBQ in East Texas. They use the wrong kind of wood, they put that gooie sweet stuff on the meat, and they cook it too fast! Overall (and I have eaten BBQ all over Texas, the Hill Country has the best.

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                  pickypicky Aug 17, 2009 01:59 PM

                  Going there after reunion. Anything good close to Fredericksburg?

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                    J.R. Aug 19, 2009 09:07 AM

                    I'm pretty well versed in BBQ being a native Texan BBQ eater and smoker back in the day when I had more time. As far as ribs are concerned, I've never, never, had ribs better than the Country Tavern. In fact I just had ribs from Dreamland in Alabama driving back from the beach in Florida and they weren't even close.

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                      shannydiva Aug 27, 2009 12:49 PM

                      On a trip down to Jefferson, TX two weeks ago, we stopped off at Stanley's BBQ in Tyler-we must have caught them on a good day because the food was excellent. The Brother-In-Law Sandwich and the Potato Salad were so good. I'd drive the 2 hours there from Plano to go get some of the BBQ again some weekend-plan on driving a little extra next time I go to First MondayTrade Days in Canton to stop by Stanley's for lunch.

                       
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                      pschweizer Aug 28, 2009 02:36 PM

                      Cooper's in Llano or Mason - each about 30 miles from Fburg. ... Despite the same name, the stores are not related, and opinions vary as to which is better. I have only been to the Cooper's in Llano, driving all the way from Dallas two times in two weeks just for the Q, and I must say that it is hard to go wrong with the "Big Chop" - thickest and juiciest piece of pork that you may ever enjoy.

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                      lonerider Dec 26, 2011 11:47 AM

                      It seems that you think your word is final and not to be questioned regarding BBQ. Hate to bust your bubble, but hickory is what they cook with mainly in E.TX and it is probably the favorite nationwide. You think they cook it too fast? What is that opinion based on? Did you read in a book that low and slow was the only way to go? Low and slow, or high heat method both work great in the hands of someone that knows what they are doing. You favor the Hill Country BBQ? Kreuz Market in Lockhart is a Hill Country icon and they do fifteen pound shoulder clods in four and a half to five hours at close to six hundred degrees, briskets in six hours at two to two hundred fifty degrees less but well above low and slow standards. I bet you rave about their product, dont you. Oh.....by the way, that gooey sweet stuff on some BBQ that you disparage, have a glance around your local grocer's condiment isle next time you are in the store. It seems an awful lot of folks like BBQ sauce, even the lower quality store bought kind sells really well. Some souls just like it, not to hide the meat but to enhance it. All regional variations of BBQ are good to me. We all like what we like and that is just skippy with me, just dont be tiresome and condescending with your opinions. There is such a thing as BBQ in East Texas and it IS good.

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                      PEGGYSUEY Sep 2, 2009 09:08 PM

                      there is a place in kilgore on 31 called the country tavern that i use to go to they have awsome ribs.there is another place right outside tyler in whitehouse called ribmasters..there ribs are simply divine.ive never tasted anything even close to this good. and there brisket is moist and smoky too very good flavor. you owe it to yourselve to try this place

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                        ptlycldy Jan 9, 2012 01:33 PM

                        This reply is too late to help the original poster, but there is BBQ in East Texas! Classic East Texas BBQ is made from beef brisket and hickory smoked. However, about 9 miles south of the Tyler loop on Hwy 155, is the Purple Pig where they feature pulled pork. If you ask for "Purple" they put coleslaw on the pulled pork sandwich.

                        I don't go to Tyler for beef BBQ as I live near Palestine, TX and there are a number of BBQ places around Palestine. My favorite is Shep's at 1013 E Palestine Ave, in Palestine. The decor is "hole in the wall" , duct taped seats, etc. but the food and the service is terrific. They also serve great ribs.

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

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                          debojay Mar 18, 2012 01:08 PM

                          Ptlycldy, Purple Pig has amazing chopped pork, and I love thier sauce. It's tangy with celery seeds. I think I prefer Bodacious's ribs though. Interestingly, the Purple Pig also has some pretty amazing fried catfish! Best in area, white meat, not greasy, generous portions.

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