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7 Great BBQ Joints in the Hill Country

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Chili might be the official state food of Texas, but BBQ is a very, very close second. From ribs to sausage, Central Texas has some of the best in the state. However, you can’t leave out the king of Texas BBQ: Brisket.

Take a look at some of the best BBQ joints in the Hill Country.

1. Franklin BBQ – Austin

7 Great BBQ Joints in the Hill Country

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Franklin Barbecue opened in a trailer off IH 35 in 2009. Since then, it has amassed a huge following, moved to a brick building in east Austin, and won critical acclaim from such highly-regarded publications as Bon Apetit and Texas Monthly. It’s become known as the best barbecue in Texas, if not the U.S.

Hungry customers wait for three or more hours for the star of the menu: brisket. Proprietor Aaron Franklin runs the restaurant with his wife Stacy, and he has mastered the art of cooking brisket. He uses only all-natural, hormone-free and antibiotic-free beef, which he smokes for 12 to 18 hours. This cooking time is the reason why Franklin sells only a finite amount of brisket each day. The flavorful, moist brisket has a rim of perfectly rendered fat. It’s no wonder the restaurant sells its entire inventory by midday.

2. Louie Mueller Barbecue – Taylor

7 Great BBQ Joints in the Hill Country
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Louie Mueller Barbecue opened in Taylor in 1949 and has operated out of its current location since 1959. For over six decades, this family-owned joint has consistently delivered some of the best barbecue in the state. Louie passed away in 1992, but his son Bobby has upheld his father’s legacy. This legacy lives on, bringing new customers and inspiring a new generation of pit masters. Aaron Franklin credits Louie Mueller Barbecue with inspiring him to smoke his first brisket.

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