7 Essential Texas BBQ Joints

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Best BBQ in Texas

Everything’s bigger in Texas, including the state’s love for barbecue. From dry rubs in Hill Country to saucy slabs in Dallas, Texas barbecue is the envy of pitmasters ‘round the world. Here’s your guide to seven Texas BBQ joints you won’t want to pass up.

1. Black’s Barbecue – Lockhart, Texas

Opened in 1932, Black’s Barbecue claims its fame as Texas’ oldest BBQ restaurant. The original location in Lockhart dishes up brisket, ribs, and some of the best smoked sausages in the state. Plus, there are additional locations in New Braunfels, San Marcos, and Austin, so you can stop at the nearest one.

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2. Franklin Barbecue – Austin, Texas

Franklin Barbecue is no joke. Pitmaster Aaron Franklin welds each smoker himself and has become an international barbecue sensation. The brisket, turkey, and pulled pork are all hits, but get there early; this Texas BBQ joint is known to attract long lunch lines.

Nearby Resorts

  • Austin Lone Star RV Resort
  • La Hacienda RV Resort
  • Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort

3. Cousin’s Bar-B-Q – Fort Worth, Texas

Join the family of fans at Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, where hand selected hickory provides the perfect smoke for sausage, ribs, and more. This family-run joint now features six locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, so pick your favorite and head out for some lip-smacking goodness.

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4. Two Bros. BBQ Market – San Antonio, Texas

Texas BBQ needs not one, but two brothers to make it perfect. Located in North San Antonio, Two Bros. BBQ Market smokes some of the best brisket in the state. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try their Cherry Glazed Baby Back Ribs. Enjoy a laid-back roadhouse atmosphere inside or head to the extensive outdoor area that includes a playground and sandbox for kids, plus plenty of picnic tables.

Nearby Resorts:

  • Traveler’s World RV Resort
  • Blazing Star RV Resort
  • Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort

5. Lockhart Smoke House – Dallas, Texas

Using a Hill Country-inspired dry rub, Lockhart Smoke House is a hit BBQ joint in Dallas. This haven is always whipping up specials and is known for its shoulder clod, a leaner, beefier cut than brisket. Plus, there are two new locations in Plano and Arlington.

Nearby Resorts

  • Treetops RV Resort
  • Sandy Lake MH & RV Resort

6. The Salt Lick – Driftwood, Texas

Starting from humble beginnings in 1967, The Salt Lick in now a staple in Hill Country. Serving up dishes à la carte or all-you-can-eat family style, this Texas BBQ joint is famous for its BYOB policy, brisket, and bison ribs.

  • Austin Lone Star RV Resort
  • La Hacienda RV Resort
  • Hill Country Cottage and RV Resort

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7. Smoke – Dallas, Texas

Leave it to Smoke to propel Texas BBQ into the modern era. Situated in the historic Belmont Hotel, Smoke prides itself on regionally-sourced ingredients and coffee-rubbed brisket. Enjoy it during the week or stop by during Sunday brunch for a special treat.

Nearby Resorts

  • Treetops RV Resort
  • Sandy Lake RV Resort


During your next Texas vacation, don’t miss out on the best food experience of your life. Head to one of these seven BBQ restaurants to get some grub!

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