Barbecue is in Texas's bloodlines, and the state does the smoked meat properly. Yes, everyone knows about the Lone Star State’s absolute best barbecue spots, from Austin to Dallas to Houston, but what about those smoked meat joints elsewhere, perhaps the picturesque Hill Country? The region is more than just areas for antiquing, swimming, hiking, and posing with bluebonnets.
Eater mapped out the best Hill Country barbecue destinations in Texas. There’s the original Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in Llano, pork chops from Opie’s Barbecue in Spicewood, the fun and delicious vibes of San Marcos’s Hays County Barbeque and music, and yes, the atmospheric grounds and pit of Driftwood’s Salt Lick BBQ, among others. For the purposes of this map, Austin proper and Lockhart aren’t being included (Eater has those covered elsewhere).
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