Things to Do

5 Spiciest BBQ Joints in the Hill Country

By  | 

We hate spam too, we'll never share your email address



There are many things that Texas is known for: Southern hospitality, the diverse ecology, great NBA teams, and, most importantly, the best barbecue in the world. If you are out and about over this Spring Break and decide that you want to have a change from your regular pilgrimage to the Salt Lick, then here are five prime locations you should consider.

1. Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que (Llano, TX)

Cooper's BBQ


Cooper’s is known for their thick cut pork chops, but they have so many other great options that you can’t go wrong. In addition to the regular choices of sausage and  brisket, they also sell their custom seasoning and sauces.

2. Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q (Kerrville, TX)



Buzzie’s Bar-B-Q opened in 1993 because Harold “Buzzie” Hughes’ wife got angry for how much his backyard barbecues were costing the family. When your BBQ is that good, then you have to share the love, and Buzzie has been doing that for the citizens of Kerrville for over two decades. His award-winning menu has attracted folks from all over the state, and his daily specials are to die for. Seriously, Wednesday – all you can eat rib plate…come on?!

3. Cranky Frank’s Barbeque Company (Fredericksburg, TX)



Located in Fredericksburg, Cranky Frank’s offers high-quality, standard fare with a great twist on their specialty items. You can grab yourself a stuffed potato (potato, butter, sour cream, chopped beef, and cheese) or you can get a boatload (Frito pie with beans, beef/brisket, and cheese). You really can’t go wrong with anything you order here.

4. The Granary ‘Cue and Brew (San Antonio, TX)



Located at San Antonio’s newest hot spot, the Pearl Brewery complex, The Granary boasts an upscale dining experience, but don’t let that fool you. The ‘cue here is mighty, and they also brew beers in-house to compliment the menu. If you like fine micro-brews and hearty meals, then this might be the place for you.

5. Franklin’s Barbecue (Austin, TX)



Did you really think that there could be an article about Texas BBQ without Franklin’s coming up? There are legends, there are gods, and then there is Franklin’s. Aaron Franklin has been making flawless BBQ for seven years, and there seems to be no stopping the movement. He has even received a James Beard award for his efforts in creating a culinary meme on how barbecue should be done! Waiting in line for hours to get a chunk of the most perfect brisket in the world is not only worth the wait, it’s something that should be on every Texan’s bucket list.