Los Angeles hound here and I'm making a bbq pilgrimage. I've never had bbq outside of the West Coast except for one meal in Lexington KY years ago. I've got a week and I'm determined to expand my knowledge and palate. I'm sure what many of you consider just average would be sublime to me.
I'll be staying near University of Texas, will have a car and an adventurous spirit. I'm landing at noon on a Wednesday and flying out at noon the following Wednesday. Taking into consideration hours of operation and crowds, my current plan is as follows:
Wednesday – Triangle Market, Iron Works
Thursday – Lockhart Smitty's, Kruez's, Black's
Friday – Franklin
Saturday – Snow's, Luling's City Market
Sunday – Sam's evening
Monday – Artz's
Tuesday – Louie Mueller (Taylor) Mann's
Wednesday – Rudy's before flight.
I plan to order at least a half pound of brisket, a few ribs and a link at each place. Unless it's a place like Sam's which specializes in mutton, then I'd swap out something else. I would appreciate any other suggestions for the places listed, such as if I'm better off getting beef or pork ribs or staying away from a particular item. I really don't care much about sides. I'm about trying the meat. Any sides I get will be more of a palate cleanser, got to save room for all the meat I plan to eat.
My plan has some holes in it and I'm still searching a bit for things to fill. I'll be doing some walking tours an generally just exploring Austin in between meals. I'm used to walking a lot and just exploring cities.
Some other thoughts I had was possibly breakfast taco's since that's another Austin specialty. Perhaps Mi Madre's?
Thank you for any help and advice.
2201 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
633 E Davis St, Luling, TX 78648