> Location: Fort Worth, TX
Open Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until the ‘cue is all gone, Goldee’s has been named the No. 1 barbecue spot in the state by Texas Monthly. With a perfect char and tender interior, the brisket melts in your mouth, and the ribs, sausages, and turkey are all outstanding. Try the jalapeño cheese grits and save room for dessert.
> Location: Houston, TX
With locations in Houston and Brenham, this destination lunch spot pumps out perfect briskets and ribs and also offers barbecue classes to aspiring pitmasters. The line forms early and they sell out quickly, so get there before 11 to ensure your fair share of smoked meats so flavorful you won’t need any sauce.
> Location: Lexington, TX
This local hotspot is only open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, but people line up as early as 4 a.m. with lawn chairs and thermoses of coffee, just to get a taste of the expertly smoked pork, chicken, sausages, ribs, and brisket from legendary pitmasters Kerry Bexley and Tootsie Tomanetz. The pork shoulder steak is a customer favorite and the ribs never disappoint.
> Location: Lockhart, TX
This sprawling mess hall started as a meat market in 1875 and is now a landmark institution for Texas barbecue. No sauce and no utensils are the norm as customers dig into piles of smoked sausages, ribs, and sliced brisket adorned with sauerkraut and other pickled vegetables. Sides include mac and cheese, hot potato casserole, and poblano cream corn.
Louie Mueller Barbecue
> Location: Taylor, TX
Smoking since 1949, Louie Mueller Barbecue has been handed down from father to son for three generations and has a James Beard American Classics award under its belt. The brisket and burnt ends are exquisite but what this place is known for are the enormous smoked beef ribs (with the ribeye still attached).
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