Brisket Frito Pie at Mac’s Bar-B-Que in Dallas. (Photo ©Chris Wilkins/Texas BBQ Posse)

Another day, another Top 10 Texas BBQ list.

It’s gotten to the point where every publication, whether they’ve ever actually ever stepped foot in the state, is coming out with their own top 10 Texas BBQ list.

Outside of Texas Monthly and the Posse’s recent Best of Texas BBQ rankings, I pretty much ignore all the often silly lists coming out these days.

However, I couldn’t resist the temptation to open a link this weekend from Men’s Journal, trumpeting “EXPERT ADVICE: Daniel Vaughn’s Top 10 BBQ Joints in Texas.”

When Daniel speaks, barbecue fans listen. Thus is the power of the pulpit when you are Texas Monthy’s BBQ ambassador.

The usual suspects were on the list: Franklin BBQ, Pecan Lodge, Louie Mueller Barbecue, Kreuz Market, Fargo’s Pit BBQ and Cooper’s in Llano. Relative newcomer John Muller Meat Co. made the list. Newcomer joint, not newcomer pitmaster, of course.

Vera’s Backyard Bar-B-Que in Brownsville, a known favorite of Daniel’s, was also on the Men’s Journal list, after being excluded by Texas Monthly, since we all know Barbacoa is Not Barbecue.

Prause Meat Market in La Grange also made the Men’s Journal top 10 list, despite being left out of the Texas Monthly Top 50.

The biggest surprise had to be the inclusion of Mac’s Bar-B-Que in Dallas, the third joint on MJ’s top 10 not in TM’s top 50.

I’ve been going to Mac’s for years, long before the Texas BBQ Posse came into being. It was a lunchtime favorite of my fellow photo editors at The Dallas Morning News. We stood in line at Mac’s long before it was a fashionable thing to do.

The Frito Pie at Mac’s was one of the first Posse Favorites we named, in honor of our favorite menu items around the state. I’m not sure Mac’s would be in our “top” BBQ joints list though.

My advice to you: Get your boots on the ground and make your own Top 10 BBQ list.

That’s really the only list that matters.

EDITOR’S NOTE: After we posted this, Daniel sent us a twitter message explaining the criteria for the list: @WoodSmokeMeat @texasbbqposse They asked for some of my favorites in TX then turned it into a Top 10. Mac’s is a regular lunch spot for me.

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Truman Jensen

4 years ago

1 Franklin
2 Louie Mueller
3 Snows
4 Blacks
5 Stiles Switch
6 John Mueller
7 Pecan Lodge
8 Kruez
9 Smoque
10 my own

Anonymous

4 years ago

An overall list of the ones sampled would lend credibility. My favorite is not there (except for "my own").

Truman Jensen

4 years ago

I'll admit I haven't tried many places outside of Central Texas. Only a handful in Houston, Dallas, Kansas City, St. Louis and Chicago.

So here is my list of places I've been too

Chains
Rudy's
Bandana's
Famous Dave's
Voodoo BBQ
Dickies
Tony Roma's
Poke Jos
Smokey Moe's
Bill Millers
Pappa's BBq
I'm sure I'm missing some but can't think of them now

Central Texas
Franklin
Louie Mueller
Snows
Blacks
Stiles Switch
John Mueller
LA bbq
Ruby's
Salt lick
Opies
Full House
Green Mesquite
County line
Iron works
Mann's
Texas Rib King
Johnny T's
Southside Elgin
Meyers elgin
Smitty's
Chisholm trail (lockhart)
Coopers llano
Coopers New Branfels
Luling city Market
Taylor Cafe

St Louis
Bogarts
Pappys

KC
Gates
Arthur Bryants
Oklahoma Joes

Illinois
Smoque
Q
Longhorn Smokehouse
Smokehouse

I'm sure I've forgotten a few but its a quick list of some joints I've tried. So what's your favorite that I excluded from your list?




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