Friday, April 4, 2014

Let's seed our Austin BBQ bracket!

Back in early 2012, I organized a USA BBQ Bracket. Round by round, readers picked between two U.S. cities, in a head-to-head BBQ battle. It started with 64 cities, and it ended with just 1: Austin, Texas. The NCAA Final Four starts tomorrow, so I guess brackets are just on my mind. So, I'm launching a bracket for the best BBQ in Austin. Let me know if my list below is missing any Austin BBQ joint(s). As of now, 47 BBQ joints are listed. As for seeding, you have until NEXT FRIDAY to let me know (email me or leave as a comment to the post) your favorite Austin BBQ joints. You can also let us know via Twitter and/or Facebook. Send as few or as many as you want, but you must rank them. Using your rankings and, if necessary, other tools (e.g. voting in our previous Readers' Choice Awards, Google ranking, Yelp ranking, Urbanspoon ranking), I will seed the joints and then launch the voting.

Curt's Barbecue 
David's Lockhart BBQ
Big Bad BBQ
The Pit BBQ
Danny's BBQ
Bee Caves BBQ

Willie's Bar-B-Que
HEB Mueller
Bowie BBQ (Whole Foods)
Hoover's Texa Mexi Que BBQ 
Bill Miller
Smokey Mo's Bar-B-Q

Boss Hoggs Kitchen
Vic's BBQ
Donn's BBQ

Smokey J's BBQ
Rolling Smoke BBQ
Iron Works BBQ
Mann's Smokehouse
Ruby's BBQ
Chief's BBQ

County Line BBQ
Rudy's Country Store & BBQ
Keith's BBQ
Full House BBQ
Freedmen's Bar
Lamberts Downtown Barbecue
Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ
John Mueller Meat Co.
Micklethwait Craft Meats
Kerlin BBQ

Bone Daddy's House of Smoke
la Barbecue
Franklin Barbecue
Brown's Bar-B-Que
Blue Ox BBQ
SLAB BBQ
Hog Wild BBQ
Scotty's BBQ
Bar-B-Q Heaven
Bert's BBQ
Pok-E-Jo's Smokehouse
Uncle Billy's Brew & Que
Green Mesquite BBQ
Sam's BBQ
Blue Ribbon Barbecue
Live Oak Barbecue
Stubb's BBQ

Johnny T's BBQ Trailer

3 comments:

Jacob said...

There are at least 8 places I have not been, so I feel bad seeding them, but here it goes:


1st
la Barbecue
Franklins
John Mueller Meat Co
Micklethwait Craft Meat

2nd
Stiles Switch
Kerlin BBQ
Blue Ox BBQ
Browns BarBQue

3rd
Valentina Tex Mex
Live Oak
Freedmans
Lamberts

4th
Dannys BBQ
Manns
Davids Lockhart
Rudys Country Store

5th
Sams BBQ
Blue Ribbon BBQ
Keiths
Willies Bar B Que (are they still open?)

6th
Uncle Billys Brew and Cue
Hog Wild
Rubys
Vics

7th
Green Mesquite
Curts
Donns
SLAB*

8th
Iron Works
Full House*
Scottys*
Hovers Texa Mexi

9th
Big Bad BBQ*
Boss Hog
Rolling Smoke
County Line

10th
Stubbs
Pok-E-Jo
The Pit
Bone Daddys*

11th
Bar-B-Q Heaven
Berts

and because you only gave us 42 choices, which does not divide nicely into a bracket that needs 48:

Revolution BBQ (the dark horse)
Bowie BBQ (the place in Whole Foods downtown)

12th
Dickeys
Lone Star BBQ
Schmidt Family (yeah yeah, not in Austin, but you always need a 12 upset and they have the lean brisket to bring it)
Chief's BBQ


other places I have been: Its all Good BBQ, Bill Miller, Sugar Shack (are they still open?), Smokey Mo

*- never been there

Jimmy Ho said...

You have to include the Mueller HEB. Believe it or not, it's legit 'cue.

Drew Thornley said...

Yep, didn't think of that one. Also Bowie BBQ at Whole Foods. Thanks, Jimmy.