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#3990930 - 01/24/13 10:12 PM Texas BBQ buzz
FtWorthBobWillsFan Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/05/12
Posts: 354
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
I was traveling from Houston to Fort Worth today and went a little out of my way to a place called Blue Moon BBQ... it's about 18 East of Hearn, out in the country. It was excellent. The brisket and ribs were both on the lockhart / taylor level.

The owner is a man named Rick Moore... he was very hospitable... brought me out a free rib while I was waiting... meat falling off the bone... great smokey flavor... brisket was nice and moist but you have to ask for the fatty brisket if that's what you want aka moist.

My top ten in Texas right now are:

Louie Mueller in Taylor
Kreuz Market in Lockhart
Cooper's in Llano
Blue Moon outside of Hearn
Smitty's Market in Lockhart
Black's in Lockhart
Buzzie's in Kerrville
Stanley's in Tyler
Whoop Boomerang in Marlin
Lum's in Junction

I haven't been to Franklin in Austin, Snow's in Lexington or City Market in Luling...


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#3991728 - 01/25/13 09:23 AM Re: Texas BBQ buzz [Re: FtWorthBobWillsFan]
PMK Offline
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Registered: 09/10/12
Posts: 4979
Loc: Central TX (Gtown/Austin)
I haven't made it over yet, but I've had several friends state a new place in Burnet called Post Mountain BBQ was some of the best hill country brisket they had ever eaten. I will definately give it a try sometime when I am in the Burnet area. The Maxican in Burnet also has awesome brisket out on hwy 281 south just past the hospital.

I agree with those on your list above that I have eaten Lockhart and Taylor except Cooper's in Llano. It has become a haven for Austinites weekend outings, overcrowded & extremely overpriced. I have had some really good BBQ there but I have also had some not so good, rubbery, lacking in flavor ... all of which is way over priced with the invasion of the city slickers. I actually find Inman's Kitchen in Llano (1/4-1/2 mile west past Coopers on North side of hwy 29) to have much better and more consistent BBQ and I love their turkey sausage.


Edited by PMK (01/25/13 02:00 PM)
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#3992186 - 01/25/13 11:45 AM Re: Texas BBQ buzz [Re: PMK]
jfdawson Offline


Registered: 07/17/09
Posts: 56
I would agree with your list.. but having been to both Snow's and Franklins... IMO, they are better than Louis Mueller's... With Frankin's Brisket far and away the best I've ever had.

1. Franklins
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2. Snow's
3. Louie Mueller's
4. Cotton's ( Robstown - burned down but I understand they are rebuilding in Corpus. )
5. Kreuz

I do not think Smitty's in Tyler or Blacks was anything special.

JD

Here's a pic from SNOW's




Edited by jfdawson (01/25/13 12:09 PM)

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#3992711 - 01/25/13 02:27 PM Re: Texas BBQ buzz [Re: PMK]
FtWorthBobWillsFan Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/05/12
Posts: 354
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Originally Posted By: PMK
I haven't made it over yet, but I've had several friends state a new place in Burnet called Post Mountain BBQ was some of the best hill country brisket they had ever eaten. I will definately give it a try sometime when I am in the Burnet area. The Maxican in Burnet also has awesome brisket out on hwy 281 south just past the hospital.
Great to know about Burnet because I am there once a month or so... I will check this out! thanks

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#3992712 - 01/25/13 02:29 PM Re: Texas BBQ buzz [Re: FtWorthBobWillsFan]
FtWorthBobWillsFan Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/05/12
Posts: 354
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
jfdawson, ive heard Franklin's is the place to go.... I wonder what he is doing to his brisket to make it so good.... I have watched a lot of his videos and he is inconsistent and very guarded with his info... understandably so... that picture makes me hungry!

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#3998757 - 01/27/13 05:04 PM Re: Texas BBQ buzz [Re: FtWorthBobWillsFan]
longhorn_cop Offline
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Registered: 04/09/08
Posts: 2601
Loc: Round Rock, TX
If your going to Franklins, get there and get in line early.

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#4000217 - 01/28/13 06:28 AM Re: Texas BBQ buzz [Re: longhorn_cop]
FtWorthBobWillsFan Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/05/12
Posts: 354
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
true that... ive been by there twice and thought that maybe they were selling tickets for Van Halen both times

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#4000598 - 01/28/13 09:09 AM Re: Texas BBQ buzz [Re: FtWorthBobWillsFan]
firesidechaps Offline


Registered: 05/01/09
Posts: 190
Loc: Wimberley, Tx
Franklins was voted best BBQ in the USA by Bon Appetit magazine. It is worth the wait, everything is excellent.

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#4000829 - 01/28/13 10:10 AM Re: Texas BBQ buzz [Re: firesidechaps]
dawaba Offline
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Did I dream somewhere that Franklin's was a spin-off from Louie Mueller's? If so, the 2 places should be similar.

And Stanley's in Tyler is better fare under the new owners. When I was a kid growing up and the Stanley family ran it, it was pretty ordinary. Love their ribs and sandwiches nowadays....
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#4000984 - 01/28/13 10:42 AM Re: Texas BBQ buzz [Re: jfdawson]
stxranchman Offline
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Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 52092
Originally Posted By: jfdawson
I would agree with your list.. but having been to both Snow's and Franklins... IMO, they are better than Louis Mueller's... With Frankin's Brisket far and away the best I've ever had.

1. Franklins
.
.
.
2. Snow's
3. Louie Mueller's
4. Cotton's ( Robstown - burned down but I understand they are rebuilding in Corpus. )
5. Kreuz

I do not think Smitty's in Tyler or Blacks was anything special.

JD

Here's a pic from SNOW's



Snows but get there early or you won't have anything left enjoy but the smell. I used to eat at the old Cotton's a bunch. It was one of the best in CC area at the time.
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#4001956 - 01/28/13 03:46 PM Re: Texas BBQ buzz [Re: stxranchman]
jfdawson Offline


Registered: 07/17/09
Posts: 56
I can paraphrase what I read in Texas Monthly regarding Franklins spinoff of LM.

this is just the cliff notes.. Louie Mueller has a son ( john, I think ) who opened up his own place several years ago in austin. Franklin worked for John. John learned the BBQ business from working with Dad. John got caught up in alcohol/problems ( not 100% sure what ) and ended up bankrupt. months later, Franklin bought the BBQ pit from the bank that was repo'd. Franklin, using the Pit from john started up the food truck concept selling Q around 38th and I35. Business BOOMED.. Franklin opened up the store at 11th/35 about 15 months ago. Also, Franklin's parents were in the restruant business when he was growing up so he had some food services background before working for John. I'm sure parts and pieces of this story are not accurate and probably some important facts are missed but I think I got the jist of this from reading Tx Mthly.



Edited by jfdawson (01/28/13 03:47 PM)

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#4003048 - 01/28/13 09:01 PM Re: Texas BBQ buzz [Re: dawaba]
FtWorthBobWillsFan Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/05/12
Posts: 354
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Originally Posted By: dawaba
And Stanley's in Tyler is better fare under the new owners. When I was a kid growing up and the Stanley family ran it, it was pretty ordinary. Love their ribs and sandwiches nowadays....


I worked in Tyler a couple weeks ago.... went to Stanley's twice.... the brisket was dang good and the ribs were great too but brisket is how I judge them.... it was really good.

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#4003063 - 01/28/13 09:03 PM Re: Texas BBQ buzz [Re: FtWorthBobWillsFan]
FtWorthBobWillsFan Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/05/12
Posts: 354
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
I wonder what Aaron Franklin is doing to bypass these stalwarts of Texas BBQ? I just started smoking myself.... there's a lot of room for creativity.... I've watched a lot of his videos etc.... he is pretty guarded with his info, rightfully so.... contridicts himself a lot.... I'll have to build up the gumption to wait in that line next time im down there.

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#4004711 - 01/29/13 11:21 AM Re: Texas BBQ buzz [Re: FtWorthBobWillsFan]
m.sherman Offline
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Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 151
Loc: eagle mountain lake
i want to try all of them

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#4007412 - 01/30/13 02:00 AM Re: Texas BBQ buzz [Re: m.sherman]
FtWorthBobWillsFan Offline
Bird Dog

Registered: 04/05/12
Posts: 354
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
I stopped by the Menger Hotel to have a beer tonight and walked down to take a few pictures of the Alamo... on the way back to the Hotel, I went down Alamo street... there was a great little spot there (at midnight) that was serving good local micro brews for only $2.50 and they have a burger truck, a tex mex truck and they also have a barbecue truck... I ordered the sausage... it was excellent... they were out of brisket. I would have been happy with that sausage at 5pm but to be able to have que of that quality at midnight......... only in Texas

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