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Best Barbecue Bites of 2015

The bounty of Texas barbecue.

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Last year I covered my most memorable bites of barbecue from around the country. This year I’m just looking at you, Texas. It was a great year for barbecue, and an even better one for Texas barbecue specifically. From this list you can see how much I enjoyed some good pastrami, and that the second half of 2015 was a really good one in my barbecue travels.

TOP 25 (in chronological order)

BBQ on the Brazos, Cresson – Brisket Taco on 01/07

BBQ Brazos Brisket Taco

 

Pieous, Austin – Brisket Pastrami on 01/25

Pieous Pastrami

 

Bill’s Bar-B-Que, Kerrville – Smoked Goat on 02/06

Bill's BBQ Goat

 

Mac’s Bar-B-Que, Dallas – Pork Ribs on 04/09

Mac's Pork Ribs

 

Micklethwait Craft Meats, Austin – Goat Sausage on 04/24

Micklethwait Sausage

 

Evie Mae’s Barbecue, Wolfforth – Smoked Brisket on 05/07

Evie Mae's Brisket

 

Lockhart Smokehouse, Plano – Beef Belly Sandwich on 05/21

Lockhart Beef Belly

 

Sammy’s Bar-B-Que, Dallas – Borracho Brisket on 06/05

Sammys Borraco Brisket

 

Brisket House, Houston – Beef Short Rib on 06/28

Brisket House Beef Rib

 

Freedman’s Bar, Austin – Smoked Brisket on 07/15

Freedmans Brisket

 

Bodacious Bar-B-Q, Longview – Brisket Burnt End on 08/07

Bodacious Burnt End

 

Kolacny Bar-B-Q, Hallettsville – Pork Steak on 08/29

Kolacnys Pork Steak

 

Granary, San Antonio – Brisket Pastrami on 09/04

Granary pastrami

 

Rudy’s, Leon Springs – Smoked Chicken on 09/24

Rudys Chicken

 

Smoke, Dallas – Whole Hog Sandwich on 09/28

Smoke Pork Sandwich

 

Roegels Barbecue Co., Houston – Smoked Pork Belly on 09/29

Roegels Pork Belly

 

18th & Vine BBQ, Dallas – Burnt Ends on 10/08

18 Vine Burnt Ends

 

Lockhart Smokehouse, Plano – Smoked Prime Rib on 10/21

Lockhart Prime Rib

 

Smitty’s Market, Lockhart – Smoked Pork Chop on 10/27

Smitty's Pork Chop

 

Valentina’s, Austin – Holyfield Taco on 10/28

Valentinas Holyfield Taco

 

Rio Grande Grill, Harlingen – Smoked Fried Chicken Skin on 11/12

Rio Grande Grill Chicken Skin

 

Nick’s Bar-B-Que, Port Arthur – Beef Link on 11/17

Nick's Beef Sausage

 

Smokey Denmark’s, Austin – Sausages on 12/02

Smokey Denmark Sausages

 

Hwy 29 BBQ, Bertram – Smoked Pork Loin on 12/05

HWY 29 Pork Loin

 

Granary, San Antonio – Pastrami Beef Rib on 12/15

Granary Beef Rib

 

THE GIMMES

No matter when I eat these smoked meats, they’ll be on my personal list of the best bites. These are the gimmes, the ones that never let me down.

Kreuz Market, Lockhart – Smoked Pork Chop on 01/28

Gimme Kreuz Pork Chop

 

Pecan Lodge, Dallas – Barbecue Platter on 06/03

Gimme Pecan Lodge

 

Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Que, Tyler – Barbecue Platter on 08/15

Gimme Stanleys

Snow’s BBQ, Lexington – Pork Steak on 08/25

 

Gimme Snows BBQ Pork Steak

 

Franklin Barbecue, Austin – Smoked Brisket on 10/11

Gimme Franklin Brisket

 

City Market, Luling – Beef Sausage on 10/27

City Market Sausage

 

La Barbecue, Austin – Barbecue Platter on 10/28

Gimme La Barbecue

 

Louie Mueller Barbecue, Taylor – Beef Rib on 11/18

Gimme Louie Mueller Beef Rib

 

Have a Happy New Year. We’ll see you in 2016!

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  • RockportDon

    Why do I think you have the best job in America?
    The best to you in 2016.

  • SaladoDoug

    Stay stocked up on Metamucil bro!!

    cha cha cha !!

    🙂

  • Tom

    Love that Pieous made your list!

  • Lets get more BBQ in movies in 2016

  • Ken Goldenberg

    The smoked chicken from Rudy’s – If only us judges got that at competitions here in California instead of the over-prepped, over-sauced stuff we usually get!