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Best Barbecue Options in Texas

Yee-haw! Hope you’re hungry, partner. Today at Skyscanner, we're going to take a look at the very best barbecue options in the great state of Texas.

From San Antonio to the Tex-Arkana border to Dallas and beyond, the best barbecue joints in Texas await!

There may be no greater state for barbecue than Texas. Not only do they do things bigger, they often do things better, and barbecue is definitely a Texas favorite. Whether you love ribs, brisket, carne asada or burnt end, odds are you’ll find the best of it barbecuing in Texas.

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Found on many lists highlighting the best barbecue spots in America, Franklin Barbecue in Austin has some serious eats! The brisket and sausage stand out, and if you’re coming in for a bite, you better come early as the restaurant routinely sells out well before the end of the business day.

Just outside of Austin is idyllic Driftwood, home to The Salt Lick. As with most Texas barbecue joints, all the items on the menu are fantastic, so why not just order a little bit of everything? Ask for an order family style to get your hands on all you can eat beef brisket, sausage, pork ribs, potato salad, cole slaw and beans. Also, be sure to leave your credit cards and checks at home because The Salt Lick is cash only.

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If you find yourself in Lockhart, you better stop at Smitty’s Market, a Texas favorite since 1948. Open bright and early at 7 a.m., Smitty’s Market is a no-nonsense restaurant that may not look pretty but serves up delicious food that tastes pretty. Try the smoked turkey breast. You won’t be disappointed!

Should you find yourself in San Antonio, it is imperative that you make a stop on Alamo Street at B & D Ice House for some delicious barbecue and ice cold beer. The chicken thighs in particular highlight a dish that Texans dream of and come highly recommended.

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Tyler, Texas, is one of the state’s most beautiful little cities, and it’s home to the fantastic Stanley’s Famous BBQ. With tasty food, great live music, and an extensive drink menu, you’ll be hootin’, hollerin’ and loving life when you’re at Stanley’s.

Goode Company has been a Houston institution for nearly 50 years, and since day one, their barbecue pits have been smoking and serving up some of the best meats in the city. Head to their original location on Kirby for a great meal you won’t forget, and be sure to load up on the Czech sausage; we haven’t had better this side of Europe.

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For those on the north side of the state, Mike Anderson’s BBQ House in Dallas offers up great food at great prices. Serving the local population since 1982, the restaurant offers a variety of meats and one hell of a deal with their dinner plates (three meats and sides for $15). The beef hot links are amazing, so make sure to try them when you stop in for a bite!

Deep in the heart of central Texas is Taylor, a small town of about 15,000 people. Do they all live in the area because of Louie Mueller Barbecue? We aren’t sure, but we could see why they might! The ribs here may just be the very best in the country, so don’t be shy. Order up a whole side to enjoy today, tomorrow, and beyond.

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Did we miss any great Texas barbecue locations on our look at the best barbecue in the state? If so let us know in the comments below, or head on over to Skyscanner’s Facebook page to get the conversation started!