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Aug 11, 2010 12:23 PM

Barbecue crawl in Austin/South Texas

I'm headed to Austin next week, dedicating Monday and Tuesday to finding some first-rate barbeque, especially brisket, beef ribs and hog. All suggestions welcome! Georgtown, San Marcos, Balstrop, Elgin, New Braunfels-wherever. Thanks in advance.

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  1. If you're in NB, I'd certainly suggest a stop at Coopers. Excellent ribs, prime rib, sausage and the sides are better than any of the other top places.

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      1. re: amysuehere

        Woody's BBQ in San Marcos on Hunter Rd is really good. Great, tender brisket.

      2. I can't vouch for it personally, but Fuschak's in San Marcos was an honorable mention in the Texas Monthly BBQ round-up.

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        1. re: gilintx

          More pins in the map. Thanks to both of you. I'd like at least one spot that does great beef ribs. The Ironworks in Austin is pretty good for those, but I know there must be more.

          1. re: gilintx

            Fuschak's is horrible. It's a bad all-you-can eat buffet. I have no idea how they stay in business or how they keep getting good reviews.

          2. Franklin's BBQ, at Concordia and I-35. You have to sit outside because it's served from a trailer, but it's some of the finest brisket I've ever had.

            Go early - for lunch, as close to 11 as you can manage.

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            1. re: heyzeus212

              I 2nd this. I've only had the pulled pork and the brisket at franklins. The pork was serviceable, but o lord the brisket. i had a burnt end that I think rivals anything I've had blacks or louis muellers, and without the hour drive (although darn near as long a wait when i went). Crispy outer bark yielding to fatty melty deliciousness. Biting into it stunned me, it was so good.

              There's a reason there's a line (i got there about 10:50 on a Saturday and there were already a dozen or so folks waiting, probably got my food about 11:30 or so. You might have better luck on a weekday though.

              1. re: willtryanythingonce

                That's a third for Franklins, same reason. Ribs are quite good too, but they run out of both fast. Same suggestion on the line.

                1. re: willtryanythingonce

                  I've been to Franklin's 4 times now. It is very, very good. Best brisket in town by far. You do need to line up at 10:30 regardless of the day of the week. A gauge is that once you're at the end of the awning you've got a 30 minute wait.

                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                    Yes, it's a trailer you'll miss unless you're looking for it (and I missed it specifically trying to go there). However, you'll most likely see the little white shade and the line snaking out of the chain-link fence enclosure. It's behind an empty building/lot on the north-bound access road to I-35 kind of across the highway from the UT practice field.

                    3421 N I H 35


                2. I'm surprised no one mentioned the big 3 in lockhart...

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                  1. re: chrisdds98

                    No kidding. I dream of Smitty's. Every time I eat there I'm in heaven. I took my Albuquerque- residing parents there over the holidays last year and they still mention it to me, asking if I've been recently.

                    No need for sauce or utensils. Oh man, those ribs.

                  2. An offshoot of the Lockhart mention-- Texas Monthly (our venerable "national" magazine) ranks the top fifty every five years. There's always a cluster in Lockhart and the Hill Country in general. To wit: