My boyfriend and I are heading to Austin soon. We both love BBQ and have never been to Texas, so this trip is specifically for the purpose of eating. We have good appetites, don't mind driving, and are not concerned about price -- our main objective is to hit as many good places as we can in a limited amount of time. Our tentative itinerary is below. Please comment and let us know if we are missing anything. We'd also like suggestions on what to order at each place.
Sunday -- Our plane is scheduled to land at noon, so by the time we get our luggage and the rental car, it will probably be closer to 1pm. Where can we go for lunch? Assuming that Franklin's and J Mueller's will be sold out and many other places are closed, we are thinking of driving straight to either Salt Lick in Driftwood or Schoepf's in Belton. I know Salt Lick is closer, but I'm more interested in Schoepf's (my boyfriend wants Salt Lick). For Sunday dinner, we are planning on Lambert's. Or should we substitute Stiles Switch for either lunch or dinner?
Monday -- Lockhart (Kreuz, Smitty's) and Luling (City Market). Is it worth stopping at Black's and Luling BBQ as well?
Tuesday -- Cooper's in Llano and Opie's in Spicewood.
Wednesday (July 4th) -- Franklin's & J Mueller, then out to Louis Mueller in Taylor. I still have to confirm that these places will all be open on the Fourth of July and I'm not sure what effect the holiday may have on the lines. Does getting on line early at Franklin's and then going straight to J Mueller make sense? Or should the two of us split up and each wait at one? An alternate option could be doing Franklin's on Tuesday morning before heading out to Cooper's.
Thursday -- early flight home
Thanks in advance for all of your help!