After stopping at 31 barbecue restaurants in the Lone Star state, it’s clear that the best BBQ in Texas is all about the beef. Tasty sausages and beef ribs are plentiful, but brisket is the go-to when you’re craving serious Texas BBQ. For truly authentic regional flavor, start with high quality beef seasoned simply with black pepper and salt so the flavor of the smoked meat stands out. Check out all the great 'Cue Tips, great BBQ joints and of course Texas spices, seasonings, and recipes!

'Cue Tip #9: Keep It Simple

"Central Texas barbecue is the way I make a living. It’s the only thing I know how to do. I think you put some fire on there and you watch your meat. That’s pretty much it."

John Mueller – Legendary Pitmaster and Owner of John Mueller Meat Co., Austin, TX

Joe's Kansas City BBQ: Kansas City, KS

The second stop in KC and stop number 84 for those keeping count (me!) was at the original historic Joe's Kansas City Bar-B-Que location, often voted one of the top BBQ joints in the country. The place looks the part, operating in a gas station, but it's not just about looks...the locals love and support it madly. There is always a line, it's just a matter of how long. We got a bit lucky and only ran into 10-15 people in front of us. When you've become the BBQ machine that Joe's has, it's not...
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Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew

"Lance Kirkpatrick - Pitmaster"

6610 N. Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78757

Central BBQ

"Co-founder and Pitmaster: Craig Blondis"

2249 Central Ave Memphis, TN 38104


Mop (a.k.a Mop Sauce) A thin sauce brushed or sprayed onto the meat’s surface while it cooks. A classic mop is vinegar based and mixed with black pepper, red pepper flakes, and hot sauce.