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)