Treat your taste buds to a weekend in Bastrop County where you can explore several of the best barbeque spots in Texas! With a wide collection of long-time favorite barbeque joints, Bastrop County has become quite the mecca for smoked meats. Whether the saucy goodness is spelled barbecue, barbeque or BBQ, try them all and pick your favorite on our self-guided Barbeque Trail. Start your tour in Elgin and eat your way through the county, ending in Smithville. Make sure to come hungry!
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Eat some authentic Central Texas barbecue from Southside, established in 1882, which claims the status of the oldest BBQ joint in Texas. Just follow the smoke and look for the big sign. The most popular plates like the Southside combo, served with brisket, original sausage, potato salad and beans, Southside has recently introduced a new favorite: the jalapeno slammer – a fresh jalapeno stuffed with cheddar cheese, wrapped in pan sausage and bacon. Learn more at www.southsidemarket.com.
Their website says it all: Welcome to ‘Cuetopia, TX! As decreed by the Founding Fathers of Finger-Licking Foods, ‘Cuetopia is the official BBQ center of the universe. Feast your eyes on a magical land of meat where bbq sauce bubbles from the fountains, basting brushes run for mayor, sausage links rain from the heavens, and rainbows are made of bacon. The famous restaurant is more than just an eatery. It’s an experience. A place where ‘Cuetopians slap on their bibs, roll up their sleeves and love up that sweet, sweet barbecue. Of course, after four generations of lip-smackin’ know-how, it’s no wonder we have people coming back day after day. Learn more at www.cuetopiatexas.com.
For over 20 years, the tiny roadside barbecue haunt has offered slow-cooked ribs, brisket, sausage. Fitties also provides sides, burgers and huge tacos, plus breakfast, complete with outdoor seating.
Fitties BBQ has the traditional brisket, sausage, chicken, beans, potato salad, and all of the other fixins’, so get here with an appetite. Oh, and did you know that Fitties is very easy on the wallet? Lean more at www.fittiesbbq.webs.com.
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Located in Central Texas, Southside Market & Barbeque offers Authentic Texas BBQ from the oldest joint in the state. Eat some authentic Central Texas barbecue from Southside, established in 1882, which claims the status of the oldest BBQ joint in Texas. Just follow the smoke and look for the big sign. The most popular plates like the Southside combo, served with brisket, original sausage, potato salad and beans, Southside has recently introduced a new favorite: the jalapeno slammer – a fresh jalapeno stuffed with cheddar cheese, wrapped in pan sausage and bacon. Learn more at www.southsidemarket.com.
Billy’s is small and not much of a sit-down place unless you’re traveling through. But the quality and prices of their tasty selections are wonderful. Buy by the plate, sandwich, or by the pound. Main selections are ribs, brisket, sausage, chicken, chopped beef, and mutton with fixin’s like potato salad, beans, slaw, and cobblers for dessert. Billy’s is a hidden treasure prized by locals and sometimes they have sold it all out before closing time, usually 6 or 7 pm. ~TripAdvisor
Learn more at Billy’s Pit BBQ.
Bastrop’s Longhorn Texas BBQ offers slow cooked meats and traditional fixin’s. Located just outside of Bastrop State Park, you can sit outside, inside or pick up curbside to-go. See and order the delicious barbecue at www.longhorntexasbbq.com
Zimmerhanzel’s is another Texas joint that is doing its smoked meats right, but its sausage is what’s really winning fans over. The brisket and ribs are still on-point, but those links made in-house with beef and spices are on an entirely different level. After smoking in the pit, the skin pops nicely upon the first bite.