On our recent trip to Wimberley (where my mom lives) and Port Aransas (where the beach is) we knew that we were going to be relatively close to a BBQ place that we had been wanting to visit. I had heard about this BBQ place on NPR recently that you can read about if you click here. A father and daughter traveled 4,258 miles, visiting 31 BBQ joints and 16 states on a BBQ adventure that you can read about in detail here. They shared that BBQ in Texas, "blew their minds." Of Louie Mueller BBQ in Taylor they said, "This place had everything right from the clean dark brown burnished interior which revealed years of pit smoking to the perfect ratio of salt to pepper seasoning on the bark of the brisket. The sausage, all beef this time, was so juicy there was fat dripping down my arm."
Here is The Adventures in BBQ (http://adventuresinbbq.tumblr.com/) Best of List.
Louie Mueller Barbecue — Taylor, Texas
Smitty's Market — Lockhart, Texas
Chopped Pork (tied)
Lexington Barbecue — Lexington, N.C.
Allen and Son BBQ — Chapel Hill, N.C.
Sauce, Tomato Based
Green Mesquite BBQ and More — Austin, Texas
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken — Memphis
Pork Skin Sandwich
Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen — Chapel Hill, N.C.
The Loveless Cafe — Nashville, Tenn.
Central BBQ — Memphis, Tenn.
Maurice's BBQ Piggie Park
Felix's Fish Camp — Spanish Fort, Ala.
Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken
Maurice's BBQ Piggie Park — West Columbia, S.C.
Gourdough's — Austin, Texas