The more I think about barbecue, the more I start thinking that it’s one of our most important road food traditions.  The reason that it remains vital, besides the fact it’s good, is that it cannot be tamed.  It can’t be gotten out of a can; it can’t be frozen ahead.  BBQ doesn’t negotiate, and it suffers fools badly.  Barbecue requires time, smoke, and above all, skill.  Which is why attempts to corporatize it ultimately fail.

— Alton Brown

Feasting on Asphalt, Episode 2 - I Smell Pork

Texas Barb-B-Q and Catering

Weighted Overall (1 votes):
7

Location

Texas Barb-B-Q and Catering
2095 W South Loop
Stephenville, TX
Phone: 254-968-7822

<<Update: this place was bought out by Tumbleweed BBQ in 2006.>>

Texas BarBQ Drive ThruTexas BarBQ Front

A road-side 'to-go' BBQ stand serving up some darn good food

Meyers Elgin Smokehouse

Weighted Overall ( votes):
0

Location

Meyers Elgin Smokehouse
188 Highway 290 E
Elgin, TX
Phone: 512-281-3331

Smittys Bar-B-Q

Weighted Overall (1 votes):
6.55

Location

Smittys Bar-B-Q
708 W Austin Ave
Brownwood, TX 76801
Phone: 325-646-5922

Mon - Sat: 10:30a to 8p

Smittys BarBQ Front

Small non-descript place that was our 'Soul food BBQ' on this year's tour

Underwoods Cafeteria

Weighted Overall ( votes):
0

Location

Underwoods Cafeteria
404 W Commerce St
Brownwood, TX
Phone: (325) 646-1776

We drove through to sample mushy BBQ with the consistency of a wet sponge

Big Os

Weighted Overall (2 votes):
5.6

Location

Big Os
FM 153 @ US 67
Valera, TX 76884
Phone: 325-636-4542

Tue - Sat: 10:30a to 9p
Sun - Mon: CLOSED

Big Os Front

Don't blink or you'll miss this place at the corner of FM503 and US67!

Lemons Bar-B-Q

Weighted Overall (1 votes):
5.3

Location

Lemons Bar-B-Q
3202 Coggin Ave
Brownwood, TX 76801
Phone: 325-646-9655

Lemons Front

Great drive-up appeal

Harolds Pit Bar-B-Q

Weighted Overall (1 votes):
7.6

Location

Harolds Pit Bar-B-Q
1305 Walnut St
Abilene, TX 79601
Phone: 325-672-4451

<<Update: Harold Christian suffered a stroke in May 2011, and the restaurant was closed at the end of July 2011.>>

Harolds Front

Cinder block structure is home to some good non-mesquite BBQ in Abilene

Squares Bar-B-Que Express

Weighted Overall (1 votes):
7.75

Location

Squares Bar-B-Que Express
210 N Leggett Dr
Abilene, TX 79603
Phone: 325-672-6752

Mon - Sat: 11a to 8:30p

Squares Front

Big barn-like structure with drive up window; inside is cowboy-comfortable with good 'Q and one of the best value stops of the tour

Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

Weighted Overall (1 votes):
7.55

Location

Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que
1805 S Bryant Blvd
San Angelo, TX 76903
Phone: 325-655-2771

<<Update: this restaurant burned on March 2, 2011... and has closed>>

Old Time Front

Opened in 1992 as the first franchised Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que restaurant... and closely resembled Coopers in Llano.  However, this San Angelos spin-off, which sits between a KFC and Weinerschnitzel, may serve better BBQ than Coopers.

Big Boys Barbecue

Weighted Overall (1 votes):
7.75

Location

Big Boys Barbecue
2117 Lamar St
Sweetwater, TX 79556
Phone: 325-235-2700

Tue - Sat: 11a to 8p
Sun - Mon: CLOSED

Big Boys BuildingBig Boys Front

This tin building is fairly comfy inside, hosts some good Q, and is home to the best side item ever tasted in our 8 years of touring (as of 2006)

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