Sunday, February 17, 2013

Which BBQ joint best exemplifies authentic Texas BBQ?

As a non-native Texan living in Texas, I am keenly aware that Texas prides itself on many things. I'm aware that Texans feel their brand of this or that is superior to other states'. BBQ is one example. Texas BBQ is a brand/style of its own, and Texans pride themselves on their kind of BBQ. So, I'm curious which Texas BBQ joint(s) Texans feel is(are) the best representation(s) to non-Texans of authentic Texas BBQ. In other words, if someone visited Texas and asked you to show him/her what Texas BBQ is all about, where would you take him/her? If a panel of judges touring the country for the best regional BBQ came to Texas, where would you taken them to represent Texas in the competition? I'm not necessarily asking which place has the food you like best (though the answer may be the same). I'm really getting at which place is the truest picture of what Texas BBQ is all about. Give more than one answer if you'd like, but I'm particularly interested in hearing THE ONE place you think is the best example of authentic Texas BBQ.

7 comments:

Jonathan said...

Louie Mueller and Taylor Cafe...Two old school joints that really haven't changed a bit....

RockportDon said...

A second vote for Louie Mueller and Taylor Cafe. How many remember the original Southside meat market by the railroad tracks in Elgin with its segregation wall down the middle of the BBQ area.
They represented the origins of BBQ in Texas.

Don/Rockport

Eric said...

One more vote for Louie Mueller.

Mike said...

I would have to say Cooper's in Llano. I have never had anything, but a fantastic meal, of unbelievable BBQ every time I have been there and that is about 50 times!!!

Drew Thornley said...

Twitter reply: "Schoepf's BBQ in Belton. #exit294A @ManUpTexasBBQ pic.twitter.com/kdpwRd5l"

Frank said...

I'll go with Giddings Meat Mkt-very old school feel.

Dustin Mark said...

Kruez's (& Smitty's), Coopers (Llano), and Black's.

I miss the Southside Market.