Texas BBQ Trail
Traveling the Texas Barbecue Trail is a culinary adventure of the most delicious kind. Although the eateries that pepper this “Barbecue Belt” are the highlights of the trip, you can also look forward to picturesque miles of rolling green hills, small museums, quaint towns and antique shopping. Texas is serious about their barbecue, so bring your appetite.
Your journey starts in Taylor, a railroad town established in the late 1800s by German, Czech and Austrian immigrants who brought their culinary sausage-making expertise here to the USA. Founded in 1949, a tasty first stop is Louie Mueller Barbecue dishing out thick slabs of tender salt-and-pepper crusted brisket. Complement your meal with Texas-style pinto beans and the peach cobbler.
The Sausage Capital of Texas is located in Elgin. Located on Highway 290, Southside Market is famous for serving their Original Hot Sausage for over 125 years. At lunch, it’s common among locals to order your meat by the pound and devour it directly off the butcher paper. Another tasty choice stop for sausage is Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse, which has been in the family for four generations.
You’re next stop is Austin, the capital of Texas. Meat lovers will love Iron Works, considered some of the best BBQ in Austin. Sink your teeth into a sampler platter to try all of the delicious meat, and grab barbecue sauce or spice rub to take home. If you have a taste for brisket, stop at Franklins BBQ –Bon Appetit Magazine has called their BBQ the best in America. In addition to BBQ, Austin is all about the live music and entertainment. So make sure take in a show at one of the many live music venues, and don't forget to two-step at one of the honky tonk bars.
About 20 miles down the road is Driftwood, Texas home to the family-owned favorite The Salt Lick. This landmark joint is known for world-class barbecue cooked on an open flame and Texas Hill Country hospitality.
Farther northeast is the small town of Lockhart, Texas, where you’ll find two iconic barbecue spots. Family-run Black’s Barbeque uses Certified Angus beef for their brisket. Grilling meat in its brick BBQ pit, Kruez Market (pronounced “Krites”) serves as a grocery store and meat market.
Back in the car, you’re off to Lulling, Texas, known for its barbecue as well as four-day watermelon festival Watermelon Thump. In the heart of town, you will find the BBQ shrine: City Market, that’s dedicated to the “Texas Trinity” of sausage, brisket and ribs on red butcher paper with white bread for sandwiches.
The seventh largest city in the Untied States, San Antonio features the lively Texas Pride BBQ with great food and pool tables, plus plenty of events like bike night for motorcyclists. The premier Coopers serves up mesquite-smoked brisket, cabrito (roasted goat) and prime rib. If you feel like taking in some history, visit the historic Alamo to learn about the settlement of Texas and the American Southwest. Before bidding Texas goodbye, rest your head at the Hotel Faust.
What to bring: your appetite for flavorful BBQ, plus a love for live music and down- home Texas hospitality!
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