Besides our political and socio-economic divisions, the best barbecue is a polarizing subject. Between Kansas City, Carolina and Texas, battle lines have been drawn and calories consumed.
It’s not unheard of that people take vacations and road trips just to eat barbecue.
It’s my belief that people should make travel lists or find a list to use as a bucket list to complete through their life. Myself, in 2006, Alan Richman of GQ Magazine published a list of 20 Hamburgers to Eat Before You Die. I’ve used that as a goal to try to eat at each one. I’ve been to 12 of the 20.
Likewise, Texas Monthly has published their Top 10 BBQ joints in Texas, and caused a bit of a stir when perennial favorite Austin’s Franklin’s BBQ got bumped down to No. 2. As you might have heard, it’s the place where people line up at 5am for the opening at 11am. The No. 1 spot went to Lexington (pop. 1,200) legend Snow’s BBQ, which is only open on Saturdays at 8am. That probably means you need to camp out overnight.
Here’s the best of the rest:
3. Cattleback (Dallas)
4. Bodacious (Longview)
5. Louie Mueller (Taylor)
6. Tejas Chocolate Craftery (Tomball)
7. Corkscrew (Spring)
8. Micklethwait Craft Meats (Austin)
9. Evie Mae’s Pit Barbeque (Wolfforth)
10. Truth (Brenham)
Texas Monthly extended their list to 50, but that would give you the meat sweats just by reading it. Maybe I’m out of the BBQ loop, but I always thought The Salt Lick was considered the best in Texas. I shall trust the experts. I’ve only been to Texas once. I did the original Sonny Bryant original location because it’s like an historic landmark and I didn’t know any better back then.
In any event, going to the Top 10 would be a impressive feat in my estimation, more impressive than visiting every Disney theme park or going to every country.
If I were to do this, I would be need three weeks. I would fly into Austin, rent a car and let Google maps handle the rest. I couldn’t do a BBQ joint a day because I might die from the meat shakes, so I would try to do every other day. That way, I could drive around to enjoy the Texas landscape and whatever else I may find.