Below is a list of the best barbecue joints I have had the pleasure of patronizing. As my experiences grow, the lists will change. Consider this a living list. I’m hoping to update this list monthly, but at the very least I’ll have updates a few times every quarter.

In the past, I believed being a connoisseur of BBQ meant total impartiality. But that just isn’t the case. At any rate, I know readers are interested in what I believe the “best barbecue” is. The reality of my list is this: if you visit any one of these joints and have never had great barbecue you will be blown away. If you have had great barbecue you will not be disappointed.

Top BBQ Joints

  1. la Barbecue – Austin, TX
  2. Freedmen’s Bar – Austin, TX
  3. Louie Mueller Barbecue – Taylor, TX
  4. Hays Co. Bar-B-QueSan Marcos, TX
  5. Franklin Barbecue – Austin, TX
  6. Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew – Austin, TX
  7. Pecan Lodge – Dallas, TX
  8. Miller’s Smokehouse – Belton, TX
  9. Snow’s BBQLexington, TX
  10. John Mueller Meat Co – Austin, TX
  11. Black’s Barbecue – Lockhart, TX

Top Brisket

  1. la Barbecue
  2. Freedmen’s Bar
  3. Hays Co. Bar-B-Que
  4. Riverport Barbecue
  5. Franklin Barbecue
  6. Mickelthwait Craft
  7. John Mueller Meat Co
  8. Miller’s Smokehouse

Top Pork Spare Ribs

  1. Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
  2. la Barbecue
  3. Pecan Lodge
  4. Tie: Gatlin’s Barbecue – Houston, TX & Kreuz Market – Lockhart, TX

Honorable mentions:

Top Sausage

  1. la Barbecue
  2. Hays Co Bar-B-Que (jalapeno cheese)
  3. Zimmerhanzel’s – Smithville, TX
  4. Miller’s Smokehouse (hot link & jalapeno cheese)
  5. Kreuz Market (jalapeno)
  6. Snow’s BBQ (regular and jalapeno)

Honorable mentions:

Top Beef Rib

This was by far the most difficult category to judge. All 5 of these beef ribs are transcendent.

  1. Freedmen’s Bar
  2. la Barbecue
  3. Louie Mueller Barbecue
  4. Ronnie Killen – Pearland, TX
  5. John Mueller Meat Co
  6. Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

Honorable mentions:

  • Black’s Barbecue

Top Baby Back Ribs

  1. Opie’s BBQ – Spicewood, TX
  2. Double J Smokehouse – Memphis, TN
  3. Ruby’s BBQ Austin, TX
  4. Louie Mueller Barbecue
  5. Stanley’s Famous – Tyler, TX

I’m still searching for another baby back rib experience worth putting on this list.

Top Pulled Pork

  1. la Barbecue
  2. Franklin Barbecue
  3. Fainmous BBQ – Houston, TX
  4. Gatlin’s Barbecue
  5. Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue – Austin, TX

Honorable mentions

  • Miller’s Smokehouse

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