Bastrop

The First Barbecue Joint in Texas?

Feb 23, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

For years, I’ve been on a quest to definitively answer a question that has plagued me since I began researching the history of barbecue: what was the first barbecue joint in Texas? Loyal readers of TMBBQ will remember that in August 2013, I wrote about the post-Civil War wave of butcher…

Trip Guide: Bastrop

May 21, 2014 By Jordan Breal

Its unofficial slogan, “East of Weird,” may be a cheeky nod to its location thirty miles east of Austin, but Bastrop, has plenty of its own character and characters.

Southside Market Expanding to Bastrop

Jan 13, 2014 By Daniel Vaughn

Bastrop, Texas is known as the “Heart of the Lost Pines,” but it will have a little piece of the Sausage Capital of Texas inside the city limits by year’s end. Southside Market owner Bryan Bracewell has announced that he will build a new outpost of…

Billy’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Nov 5, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

On his 1994 album Gringo Honeymoon, Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen recorded a song entitled “Barbeque.” It has become the anthem for many of my smoked meat adventures along with most every other REK song. When I had a chance meeting with he and Lyle Lovett at the…

Larrie’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Oct 22, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

If you live in Austin, chances are you wouldn’t pass by Larrie’s Smokehouse in Bastrop. Billy’s, Cartwright’s and Fittie’s along busy four-lane Highway 71 may be familiar, but Larrie’s sits on the north side of town along tree-lined Highway 95. Coming south from Elgin the sign is hard to miss.

Nineteenth Century Texas Barbecue

Aug 16, 2013 By Daniel Vaughn

As is true throughout the South, the public barbecue was commonplace in Texas long before there were any restaurants serving commercial barbecue. As soon as a little town had enough population to consume a whole steer, the fourth of July celebrations at the center of town or the political rallies…

Lights, Camera, Carthage!

Jan 21, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

Nearly fifteen years after Richard Linklater and I started talking about turning a TEXAS MONTHLY story into a major motion picture, it’s finally hitting the big screen, with a little help from Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Shirley MacLaine—and a seventy-year-old retired hairdresser from Rusk named Kay Baby Epperson.

Bastrop

May 31, 2011 By Charlie Llewellin

Where it is: 1 mile east of BastropWhat you’ll do: Hike through a pine forestWhere you’ll sleep: In a charming historic cabinWhat you’ll learn: Pine trees can live more than three hundred years If there has ever been an enchanted forest in Texas, the Lost…

6 Things You’ll Be Talking About in September

Dec 31, 1969 By Jeff Salamon

1. “Goodbye to texas university . . . Hello to the University of Louisiana State?” The trash-talking for Texas A&M’s first-ever Southeastern Conference game got off to an early start in May, when University of Florida head coach Will Muschamp took a shot at Aggieland. “You ever been to College…