Second Helpings: Barbecue Out of Town
Bragging rights in this longtime Lockhart mainstay are that Black's is the oldest barbecue restaurant around continually operated by the same family.
Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que505 W. Dallas, Llano, 915/247-5713 Sunday-Thursday, 10:30am-8pm; Friday-Saturday, 10:30am-9pm This joint is admired by hunters from all over the country who make an annual pilgrimage to Llano during deer season.
Cooper's Pit Bar-B-QHighway 87 South, Mason, 325/347-6897 Daily, 11am-5:30pm
The original outlet is still smokin' after all these years.
Cooper's BBQ403 N. Mays, Round Rock, 512/255-5638
The second generation of a Hill Country BBQ legend, Gary Cooper has been serving his family's style of barbecue in downtown Round Rock since 1985.
Crosstown Bar-B-Q211 Central Ave., Elgin, 512/281-5594 Sunday-Thursday, 10am-8pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-10pm
If you prefer your brisket, pork ribs, mutton, and all-beef sausage down-home, greasy, and full of flavor, smoked over a slow oak fire, come here.
Fuschak's Pit Bar-B-Q920 Hwy. 80, San Marcos, 512/353-2712 Daily, 10:30am-9pm
Meats here are smoked over hickory in a rotisserie pit and emerge ultramoist and juicy.
Gonzales Food Market311 St. Lawrence, Gonzales, 830/672-3156 Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm; Saturday, 7am-6pm
The Lopez family has 40 years of experience with lamb ribs and this is our new favorite regional barbecue joint.
Inman's Kitchen & Catering809 W. Young, Llano, 325/247-5257 Tuesday-Saturday, 7:30am-6pm
The treasured family recipe for turkey sausage is what originally put Inman's on the map, and it's still as good as it ever was.
R.O.'s OutpostHighway 71 West at Hazy Hills Drive, Spicewood, 512/264-1169 Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-9pm
A complete barbecue menu is available here, as well as chicken-fried steak and fried quail.
Southside Market & BBQ1212 Hwy. 290 W., Elgin, 512/281-4650 Monday-Thursday, 8am-7pm; Friday-Saturday, 8am-10pm; Sunday, 9am-7pm
This 100-plus-year-old sausage factory is one of the main reasons Elgin is known as the "sausage capital of Texas."
Taylor Cafe101 N. Main, Taylor, 512/352-2828 Daily, 9am-11pm
Have the turkey sausage, have the turkey sausage.
Smitty's Market208 Commerce, Lockhart, 512/398-9344 Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm; Saturday, 7am-6:30pm; Sunday, 9am-3pm
This historic old building certainly qualifies as Texas barbecue hallowed ground.
Rudy Mikeska's300 W. Second, Taylor, 512/365-3722
The Taylor store is the cradle of the "first family" of Texas barbecue where they serve great meats and nontraditional side dishes.
Opie's BarbecueHighway 71 West (20 miles past intersection w/RR 620, turn right at gas station)
beyond Spicewood, 830/693-8660
Choose pork chops, pork ribs, sausage, brisket, chicken, and sometimes cabrito.
Luling City Market633 E. Davis, near U.S. Highway 183, Luling, 830/875-9019
Their brisket is so fall-apart tender you'll want to feel how good it is.
Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse188 U.S. 290 E., Elgin, 512/281-3331Monday-Thursday, 10am-8pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-9pm; Sunday, 10am-7pm
They serve smoked pork ribs, turkey breast, and brisket.
Louie Mueller Barbecue206 W. Second, Taylor, 512/352-6206
The quality of meats served in this no-frills and famous downtown Taylor storefront has remained unchanged for more than 50 years.
The Salt Lick18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, 512/894-3117
Folks drive from all over Central Texas to relax among the picnic tables at the rustic outdoor pavilion and eat their barbecue family-style.