14 Texas BBQ Joints You Need To Visit Right Now

By Dani Medina

May 27, 2022

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You might want to keep a stack of napkins handy for this one.

Thrillist compiled a list of the 57 American barbecue joints you need to visit right now — 14 Texas restaurants made the list. Here's what Thrillist said about its list:

Barbecue crisscrosses cultures like grill marks on a marbled rib-eye steak. People in all corners of the world have harnessed flames to cook food—slow-roasted pig in banana leaf-lined pits, skewered meat caramelized over hot coals. It is an ancient craft, after all, with simple instructions: fire plus meat equals mealtime. With credit due to many storied foundations of barbecue—through indigenous peoples, immigrants, enslaved people—today’s smoked meats are, in some parts, tried-and-true traditions and, in others, contemporary approaches. ... The result is a diverse list of pitmasters that reflects who is sweating over smokers to bring us tender brisket bark, sticky glazed ribs, juicy smoked pork, heaping jalapeño mac and cheese, and honey-laced cornbread.

Here's a look at the BBQ joints in Texas that made the list:

  • Blood Bros. BBQ, Houston
  • Cattleack Barbeque, Dallas
  • Distant Relatives, Austin
  • Franklin Barbecue, Austin
  • Gatlin's BBQ, Houston
  • Goldee's BBQ, Fort Worth
  • Hill Country, Hempstead
  • Interstellar, Austin
  • La Barbecue, Austin
  • LeRoy and Lewis Barbecue, Austin
  • Pinkerton's Barbecue, San Antonio
  • The Slow Bone, Dallas
  • Snow's BBQ, Lexington
  • Truth BBQ, Houston

To read Thrillist's full report, click here.

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