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



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!