Some of the best Texas BBQ

Check out these places if you want to blaze a trail through Texas barbecue. 

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    Go early for the brisket

    Franklin Barbecue in Austin, Tex. serve food until they sell out, and they have sold out of brisket every single day of their existence.
    Franklin Barbecue
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    Still family-owned

    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.
    Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue
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    The whole hog and more

    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.
    DAVID MCGHEE
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    Barbacoa the traditional way

    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.
    Vera's Backyard Bar-B-Que
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    BBQ and wine

    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.
    The Salt Lick
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    Some like it hot

    Pody's BBQ, in Pecos, Tex., serves up a unique green chile-cheddar Southwest pozole, and a borderline evil habanero sauce.
    Pody's BBQ
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    Central Texas favorites

    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.
    Lockhart Smokehouse
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    Germans on the border

    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. 
    Hoegemeyer's Barbeque Barn
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