In June, Texas Monthly's highly-anticipated, drool-inducing "Top 50 Best BBQ Joints" issue hits newsstands, and just before publication, the award-winning magazine gave readers a sneak peek into the list via Twitter. This most-recent barbecue issue follows the magazine's addition of its first-ever barbecue editor, Daniel Vaughn.
The prestigious magazine publishes the coveted smoked meats list every five years, and this year's archive fawned over a number of new Austin hotspots.
"There were more sweeping changes to this year’s 'best of the best' than ever before. An Austin place that has only been open four years, Franklin, took the number one spot. Two of the old stalwarts — Kreuz and Smitty’s, both in Lockhart — are no longer at the top. The rise of Austin is the biggest news overall; the city went from barely being represented five years ago to having the largest concentration of excellent barbecue in the state this time around. I’d say it has taken the unofficial title away from Lockhart," Texas Monthly Food Editor Pat Sharpe told CultureMap.
As Sharpe mentioned, Franklin Barbecue was honored as the number one spot in the state, with Texas Monthly staff going so far as to claim the restaurant has the "best [barbecue] in the world." With a tender brisket that attracts hours long lines every day, who are we to disagree?
Rounding out the rest of the top four are Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor), Pecan Lodge (Dallas), and Snow's BBQ (Lexington).
Austin eateries that received a mention in the competitive list included John Mueller, LA Barbecue, Lamberts and Styles Switch. The rest of the list, which is unranked, is featured below.
The Original Willie's
Leon's World's Finest In & Out
City Meat Market
Billy's Old Fashion
Hashknife on the Chisholm
Hays Co. Bar-B-Que
What do you think of the magazine's meaty rankings? Did any of your favorites get left out? Use the comment section as your sounding board!
Full disclosure: Layne Lynch is a contributor to Texas Monthly's food blog, Eat My Words.