Think of Texas and barbecue will readily pop up in your mind. A Texan sojourn is never complete without a taste of the delicious and authentic Texan BBQ. Are you planning to hit Texas’s great highways in your motor home soon? Want to treat your taste buds to the cowboy and Mexican-influenced delicacies? Here is a foodie’s guide on how to chase the Texan barbeque trail for the maximum gratification of your taste buds. Be warned: it may take two to three days to cover all the spots.
Drive down the beautiful Ranch to Market Road 2222 in Austin to reach the County Line on the Lake in Austin. The place has some of the world’s prettiest decks, where you can spend a lazy evening sipping a cocktail and watching turtles swim by. Now head to the BBQ restaurants in the vicinity. Remember, meat is big here – most restaurants don’t offer any side dish. However, salads and boiled veggies are served if you want.
The next day, head straight to Snow’s BBQ, in Lexington. Located in the east of Austin, the restaurant has occupied the top spot for several years in a row. Fill up your platter with Snow’s famous brisket and pork shoulder. Try to be there by eight in the morning, as the eatery turns its shutter down when it runs out of meat (which is generally gone latest by noon).
Feasting on the brisket is sure to make you sleepy. But don’t give in. Instead, drive down the TX 21 West to reach Lockhart. The city’s barbeque belt offers some of the US’s best smoked-meat. Don’t miss Kreuz’s – the center point of a dramatic family feud. While one sibling inherited the original restaurant, the others retained the recipe and they opened another joint just across the road. The original place now has rebranded itself as Smitty’s.Try both to decide which one is better.
Reserve the next day for some detoxing. Yep, that’s needed, we know. Pick up some BBQ provisions at Austin’s Whole Foods, and drive down the winding road through the woods to reach the Hamilton Pool nature preserve in the west of Austin. Stop by the huge grotto, which will lure you to splash around in its crystal-clear water. Arrive early to avoid parking hassles.
From Hamilton Pool, drive south to Driftwood. Round up your trail here in the hill country at the BYOB Salt Lick Restaurant. The rustic charm and ranch-style décor will provide the perfect finishing touch to your BBQ-themed road trip. Let us know how it turned out. In case you are still looking for the right motor home to take you there, we can help.