Yes, we're at it again, driving all over central Texas in search of great barbecue. This is the 4th year my buddy Scott and I have ventured forth on the quest for great Q and I suspect we will be doing it for a long time to come. It's a tough job, but we're up to the task. As usual, we tried to rent a big ol' cadillac with steer horns on the front for the tour, but got saddled with a crummy Jaguar, which I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. We tried some new places and also went back to some of our favorites. We reached "brisket nirvana" at one stop and threw away most of one meal, uneaten, at another. We visited Taylor, Elgin, Bastrop, Giddings, LaGrange, San Marcos, Lockhart, and Luling on this trip, which means we still have hundreds of joints to try in future years.
At most stops we sampled the "holy trinity" of BBQ, pork ribs, brisket, and sausage. We are well aware that BBQ can vary greatly from visit to visit, or even from one end of a brisket to another. The opinions expressed below represent those for that particular day, at that particular time, and for that particular piece of meat. If we didn't like your favorite place, tough, you can just go eat vegetables for all we care.
The photo above is from the door of the pit room at City Market at Giddings. I have no idea what it has to do with BBQ, but I liked it.
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