I am a BBQ fanatic that grew up in Utopia, Texas. I now live in Fort Valley, GA just outside of Macon. There is absolutely no Beef Brisket to be found here. So when I go back to Texas that is about all I eat. Over the past year I have been to many of the top rated BBQ joints and some others. In October I went to Coopers in Mason, Coopers in Llano, and McBees in Hondo. We were in Texas for two weeks in August and went to McBees again, Haby's in Uvalde, Blacks & Smitty's in Lockhart. Here is my take on what I have tasted.
Coopers in Mason has the most unique flavor of any I have tried. It is just different from other briskets. It was good but not traditional.
I did not like the piece of meat I got at Coopers in Llano. Extremely fatty and tough. I was disappointed.
Blacks also left me wanting. I was put off at first by their crazy pricing. Their menu is horrible and I didn't have a clue how much I was going to pay. My wife had a plate with brisket and a side of beans and I had a plate with brisket and sausage and beans. We paid $21 and some change which to me is overpriced. The brisket was good but not totally there. I really liked the sausage though. A lot smoother texture than most.
Smittys brisket was better than Blacks and the building is something to see. I would definitely go back there.
Haby's in Uvalde was good but not good enough to go out of my way for.
My favorite brisket is found at McBee's BBQ in Hondo. It's on the main drag through town. They also have fajita meat, ribs, chicken, and sausage. The fajitas and ribs were excellent as well. I don't eat chicken when I'm in Texas (unless it's in mexican food) and I haven't tried the sausage.
I will continue to try more BBQ joints on my annual treks to Texas. It's just a hobby of mine.