If Texas is the barbecue capital of the world, then Austin may just be the best city for barbecue in the world. Seven restaurants from Austin landed on Texas Monthly’s list of the 50 Best Barbecue Joints in the state. That’s the most from any one city in the state. The “Houston area” can claim seven, but that group extends from Tomball to Pearland. But since the Tejas Chocolate Craftory in Tomball is further from Killen’s in Pearland than Franklin Barbecue is from #1 Snow’s in Lexington,  it’s kind of hard to take that claim too seriously. Using that reasoning, I guess Austin could include Luling, Lockhart and Lexington in its “area.” I kid, I kid. But it’s nice to see Houston’s scene gain some steam and feel proud of itself.

Franklin Barbecue in Austin. (Laura Skelding/2014 American-Statesman)

Franklin Barbecue holds the highest position for any Austin restaurant, at #2, while Micklethwait Craft Meats took the #8 spot. Only the Top 10 are ranked, led by Snow’s in Lexington, which took home number one in 2009, so the other five Austin spots are listed alphabetically. They include Freedmen’s, La Barbecue, Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, Terry Black’s Barbecue, Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ. For the complete list, visit tmbbq.com.

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