The Top Texas BBQ Joints 2020

Killen's Barbecue
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For those wondering, "Where's the beef?" We found it. No matter what type of top BBQ list gets produced, you can count on one thing: Texas will be mentioned at least once, if not multiple times. For this years South's Best list, we decided to take a deep dive into the great BBQ joints in Texas. Here are the top 10, reader voted BBQ restaurants in the state of Texas.

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10. Terry Black's Barbecue

Terry Black's BBQ Platter
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Terry Black of Lockhart's famous Black family now smokes ribs, brisket, and sausage. (Various locations), 512-394-5899, 1003 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704

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9. Kreuz Market

29. Kreuz Market
Robert Moss


This is a Central Texas fan-favorite spot for their beef brisket and "shoulder clod," but the pork chop is a surprise treat., 512-398-2361, 619 North Colorado Street, Lockhart, TX 78644

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8. Lockhart Smokehouse

Lockhart Smokehouse Stack of Ribs
Robbie Caponetto


The Schmidt family from Kreuz Market brought the flavors of their legendary barbecue town tothe big city of Dallas., 214-944-5521, 400 West Davis, Dallas, TX 75208

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7. 1775 Texas Pit BBQ

1775 Texas BBQ Pit
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College Station

From a mobile trailer that's now permanently parked on the outskirts of College Station, Brad Doan wows visitors with prime-grade brisket and plenty of homemade sides.

979-492-6241, 8203 Raymond Stotzer Parkway, Suite C, College Station, TX 77845

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6. Black's Barbecue

Black's - July 2019-144
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The first Black's opened in 1932 in Lockhart, and the family has been smoking over post oak ever since. (Various locations), 512-398-2712, 215 North Main Street, Lockhart, TX 78644

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5. Heim Barbecue

Heim BBQ
Robert Strickland

Fort Worth

Emma and Travis Heim made waves with the smoked brisket-laced Heimburger and their novel bacon burnt ends, but their traditional smoked meats are rock solid too., 817-882-6970, 1109 West Magnolia Avenue, Fort Worth, TX 76104

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4. Killen's Barbecue

Killen's Barbecue
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Founder Ronnie Killen expanded his menu and added dinner hours, but folks still lineup at lunch for brisket and ribs., 281-485-2272, 3613 East Broadway, Pearland, TX 77581

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3. Bodacious Bar-B-Q

Bodacious Bar-B-Q
Bodacious Bar-B-Q


There are nearly 20 Bodacious franchises that dot the state, and they all serve the restaurant's beloved original sauce. Some locations even offer it by the gallon to take home. (Various locations), 903-753-8409, 2227 South Mobberly Avenue, Longview, TX 75601

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2. Franklin Barbecue

Franklin Barbecue
Dominique Lafond


Customers still wait hours for brisket and ribs from Aaron Franklin, the celebrity pitmaster who put Austin barbecue on the map., 512-653-1187, 900 East 11th, Austin, TX 78702

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1. The Salt Lick BBQ

The Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, TX
Nick Simonite


The Salt Lick's dramatic finishing pit brims with tempting mounds of brisket, sausage ropes, and massive racks of ribs. (Various locations), 512-858-4959, 18300 FM 1826 Driftwood, TX 78619

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