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Jim May 19, 2005 12:44 PM

I've read the wonderful excursion suggestions, but have a timing and logistics question. I am going to be in Austin in June for work and only have time for one side-trip out of the city. Should I hit: Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in Llano, Louie Mueller Barbeque in Taylor, or Kreuz Market in Lockhart?

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    scrappy May 26, 2005 10:47 AM

    Lunch every day at John Mueller's at 1917 Manor Rd. The road trip will be to Taylor. Louie Mueller's is the grail (but Taylor lacks the charm of Lockhart).
    Order 3 slices of brisket and a couple of links. Onions, pickles. I never take up space with the sides, and yes, can I have some more sauce please?
    The Mueller's briskets are wonders; lean and juicy. If it rains, wait a day for the oak to dry out.

    In Lockhart : Smitty's.
    Coopers in Llano uses mesquite. Good...but I don't get it.

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      Johnny May 23, 2005 11:01 AM

      Went to Black's in Lockhart yesterday on my way back from the coast and I must say that it wasve terribly marginal. Brisket was very fatty stringy. It was hardly etible. Ribs had good flavor but were also very fatty. Sausage ring was the highlight, particularly the Jalepeno sausage. Just thought I would pass it along.

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        Fibercable May 20, 2005 01:06 PM

        We did a recent BBQ crawl in Lockhart. We parked and started at Kreuz, then walked to Black's then to Smitty's. The walk back to Kreuz for the car made room for our last BBQ stop on the other side of Lockhart, The Chismtrail BBQ.

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          John Scar May 19, 2005 03:14 PM

          I'd hit Luling City Market just a little past Lockhart.

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            Jim Washburn May 20, 2005 01:40 AM

            Yes, if you've got time to drive to Llano, you've got time to drive to Luling. I ate at City Market again on Tuesday. It's the best.


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            Frank M May 19, 2005 02:36 PM


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              Scott May 19, 2005 12:51 PM

              Lockhart, without question. It's a reasonably short trip from Austin and will give you four world class barbecue joints (i.e., Kreuz, Smitty's, Black's, and City Market) in the same area.

              Have fun!


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