Where do you go for Texas barbecue when you are Texas barbecue?
Central Texas smoked meat star Aaron Franklin recently revealed to Eater exactly where in the state he’d go for barbecue. While there aren’t a lot of surprises among his picks, if you’re looking for a new way to tour the state’s meat offerings Franklin suggests the following 3-day trip:
619 N. Colorado St., Lockhart
208 S. Commerce St., Lockhart
633 E. Davis St., Luling
This is a familiar trio to Central Texas barbecue connoisseurs. Franklin suggests the sausage at all three and, hold on tight, the cheese and crackers at City Market.
516 S. Main St., Lexington
Louie Mueller Barbecue
206 W. 2nd St., Taylor
Snow’s BBQ was recently named Texas Monthly’s No. 1 spot for barbecue in the state, beating out only Franklin’s own joint. It’s no wonder Franklin suggests Louie Mueller, as Mueller scion John was the one who taught “an unknown kid with a smoke-filled dream” the ropes.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
11500 Manchaca Road, Austin
900 E. 11th St., Austin
4200 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin
What’s the point of being arguably the best pitmaster in Texas, if not the country, if you can’t recommend your own work? Franklin suggests the tacos at Valentina’s, and clearly couldn’t resist throwing in a non-barbecue favorite with Austin’s famed Uchiko.
Correction: An earlier version of this article said that Louie Muller taught Aaron Franklin about barbecue. It was Louie’s grandson, John.
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