Payne’s Bar-B-Q Shak
The brisket was smoky, peppery, and a little bit sweet. The outside slice had a pleasant crunch to the crust, while the meat beneath was moist and tender. This was brisket worth seeking out. The ribs were nearly as good. The meat came easily off the bone, the bark held plenty of smokiness, but they could have eased up a bit on the salt.
The first taste was impressive enough that we had to go right back in and get more.
Method: Oak and mesquite; indirect-heat pit
Pitmaster: Robert Payne
Address: 616 Highway 29 W, Burnet, TX, 78611
Hours: Wed-Thur 11-2:30, Fri 11-6, Sat 11-2:30
Phone: (512) 756-8227
Year Opened: 2011
Last updated: April 7, 2014
Hugging the edge of Texas Highway 29, Payne’s is a true side-of-the-road joint, a turn-on-your-blinker-half-a-mile-ahead, career-off-the-road-in-a-cloud-of-dust kind of place. Once safely inside, you’ll take comfort in the wood-paneled walls, shiny picnic tables, dainty window coverings, and hospitality of Robert and …
Robert Payne has worked as a butcher in the past, and more recently for the Butter Krust bread bakery. His wife, Penny, was also in food service at a local school cafeteria. Three years ago, they both decided to retire …