Since the day we retuned from our first Central Texas BBQ Tour one year ago, the posse started making plans for our next trip to the epicenter of the world's best barbecue.

Since then, we've been exploring BBQ trails in every direction from DFW. The Texas BBQ Posse has taken tours to East Texas joints in Tyler and Kilgore, the Best of Fort Worth tour, the North Texas-Texoma tour and our Beyond the Brazos tour to Glen Rose, Stephenville and Granbury.

Our Central Texas 5-Star BBQ Tour last weekend totaled 555 miles roundtrip. We visited and dined at eight BBQ joints over a 26 hour period. We started with 13 posse members in Austin and seven crossed the finish line in Giddings. Most importantly, we spent as much time as possible talking with the greatest pitmasters in the state, soaking in hundreds of years of combined BBQ knowledge and skill.

Here's our final itinerary:

Central Texas 5-Star BBQ Tour

Friday Nov. 5th
9:45am Leave Dallas
1pm Arrive for lunch at Franklin Barbecue, 3421 N. I-35, Austin, (512) 653-1187. (Open Wed–Sun, 11am-4pm or when the meat runs out).
2:45pm Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, 401 W. Second, Austin, (512) 494-1500. (Open Daily 11am-11pm).
6:30pm Southside Market BBQ, 1212 U.S. 290, at Hwy 95, Elgin, (512) 285-3407. (Open M-Thur 8am-8pm, F-Sat 8am-10pm, Sun 9am-7pm).
8pm Dinner at Taylor Cafe, 101 N Main St., Taylor, (512) 352-847. (Open Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun 10am-11pm).
Overnight in Taylor

Saturday Nov. 6th
8am Arrive for breakfast at Snow’s BBQ, 516 Main St, Lexington, (979) 773-4640. (Open Sat. 8am–12pm or until the meat runs out).
10am Prause Meat Market, 253 W. Travis, La Grange, (979) 968-3259. (Open Mon-Wed & Fri 7am-5:30pm, Thur 7am-1pm, Sat 5:30am-1pm).
12pm Zimmerhanzel’s Bar-B-Que, 307 Royston (Hwy 95), Smithville, (512) 237-4244. (Open Mon-Sat 8:30am-5pm).
2pm City Meat Market, 101 W. Austin, Giddings, (979) 542-2740. (Open Mon-Fri 7:30am-5:30pm, Sat 7:30am-4pm).
3:30pm Head back to Dallas

Click here to see a google map the Central Texas 5-Star Anniversary BBQ Tour designed by BBQ Posse member Bruce Tomaso.

Stay tuned for detailed posts on each of the joints we visited, along with some surprises we found along the BBQ trail.......

(Photos by Chris Wilkins)

Boss Lady

14 years ago

Just this afternoon, Justin and I were talking about planning a little weekend roadtrip to sample BBQ. I need to know which ones will truly make it worth listening to my husband butcher the lyrics to every single song on the radio all the way there and back.

Bruce Tomaso

14 years ago

A job well done by tour planner and posse captain Chris Wilkins.

Marshall Cooper

14 years ago

This was a Pinnacle Tour Chris, keep them coming...

Smokin Ronnie Halcomb

14 years ago

well done indeed. sr

Jim Rossman

14 years ago

Franklin's and Snow's are the must-go stops. Thanks again Chris. I had a great time.
I'd like to try the Taylor Cafe when the meat is hot and the City Meat Market earlier as well.

Austin Top 5 plus Snow's

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