Visiting the Austin area for BBQ is an annual event for us. I have never started a thread but this year, after seeing so many downhill alerts, I felt compelled. We don't usually come during Memorial Day weekend so I expected chaos- surprisingly average crowds.
Our usual itinerary is we arrive in the evening on a Friday, visit one of the in town restaurants ( ie Parkside) and stay at one of the nicer hotels. We shook things up a bit this year and arrived earlier and stayed by the airport ( hotel review will be on Trip Advisor!).
Made our first visit on Thursday at about 2p to Louie Mueller. Just one other table was occupied- and all of the meats were wrapped in plastic. Staff was uber friendly. They were out of all of the sausages which was really what I had come to try. Ordered beef ribs, baby backs ( no one else usually has either), brisket and pork ribs. Beef rib was on the Wilma Flintstone size and completely encased in pepper. Pork ribs were dry and really a disappointment. Brisket the same. Baby backs were just ok. No sweet tea. First and last trip to Taylor for us. Please someone explain all of the fuss.
Date night was to the Central Market on East Lamarr. I would move to Austin just to be near this market but am still in sticker shock from the fish prices- and I live in NY!
Were at City Market in Luling by 10:30- no line. By 11a, the line was nearing the door- it was a great cross section of people!
My DH is usually the one who raves about City Market- but this year IMHO they had -hands down -the best ribs. My only regret is that we didn't get more to take home ( but I wasn't braving the line). Hot, perfect smoke ring, amazing flavor. This should be enough to dispel any downhill alert rumors- but we had more eating to do.
Smitty's was packed by the time we arrived at noon. Lots of women in the smoking area which is a new sight for me. These are usually my favorite ribs. Today they were a distant second- but still better than anything we have in NY. Brisket came in first.
We tried Chisolm Trail for the first time- reminded me a little of Blacks- with all of the mediocre side dishes and more "complete meal" ambiance. But it got major points for the sausages ( do they make them?) despite the casing being a little hard. A lot of food for the money it seemed too.
So... fear not, Lockhart and Luling are alive and well. We will be back next year.
208 S Commerce St, Lockhart, TX 78644
Chisholm Trail Barbq
1323 S Colorado St, Lockhart, TX 78644
4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745
Louie Mueller Barbecue
206 W 2nd St, Taylor, TX 76574
633 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648