Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Tex. serve food until they sell out, and they have sold out of brisket every single day of their existence.
Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue, in Tyler, Tex., has some of the widest variety of menu selections--from breakfast burritos and barbecue tacos to hot links, ribs, and brisket.
SMOKE, in Dallas, Tex., has pulled whole hog done North Carolina style; chopped coffee-cured beef brisket; pork andoullie, rabbit, and beef smoked sausages; dry rub pork spare ribs; plus a selection of charcuterie, raw oysters, game bird, and seafood.
Vera's Backyard Bar-B-Que, in Brownsville, Tex., is the last true Texas barbacoa joint standing making barbacoa the traditional way – whole cattle heads cooked over mesquite in an underground pit.
The Salt Lick, in Driftwood, Tex., has awesome barbecue and their own label of BBQ-friendly wines produced at their family-owned Salt Lick Cellars.
Pody's BBQ, in Pecos, Tex., serves up a unique green chile-cheddar Southwest pozole, and a borderline evil habanero sauce.
Lockhart Smokehouse, in Dallas, serves all the Central Texas favorites – brisket, ribs, sausage, etc. – cooked low and slow over oak, with daily specials that might include beef ribs, burnt ends, and prime rib.
The name Hoegemeyer's Barbeque Barn, in Corpus Christi, Tex., pays homage to the family's German heritage – a bit of a rare thing this close to the Mexican border.
Check out these places if you want to blaze a trail through Texas barbecue.