Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ Joints in the World*

Along with visiting all the parks and historic sites my friends and I are hitting the top BBQ restaurants along the way. The best guide is the Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50 List.

Here’s a Google map of the top 50 along with some honorable mentions.

Map by @chriscreel

Follow my not nearly as detailed attempt to visit all 50 of the BBQ joints to make the 2013 TMBBQ list.

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West, TX Benefit Today!

Don’t forget to come out to the benefit at LA BBQ from 11-2 today.

(From manuptexasbbq.blogspot.com)

1. Honest Tea is donating bottled teas and lemonades.
2. Teas of Texas is donating bottled teas and waters.
3. A local wine importer is donating cases of malbec & chardonnay.
4. Saint Arnold Brewing Company is donating beer & root beer.
5. Gloria Corral will be at the event selling copies of her book “BBQ Lovers Guide to Austin.” She will donate 100% of the proceeds!
6. Austin Eats Food Tours is donating 10 passes for a free food tour. (Their tours generally range from $65-75 per tour.) We will have a table set up to raffle off the passes. All of the proceeds will be donated!
7. We will sell The Q Card at the event, & 100% of our sales will be donated!
8. Stephen Joseph, owner of Joseph’s Riverport Barbecue (Jefferson, TX), is donating 100 koozies & a case a rib rub for the event!
9. Junior’s Beer and Wine is donating 3 kegs of beer!
10. Shannon Lee Nelson will be the live-music entertainment!

Solaro Estate Vineyard

After our hike at Government Canyon State Park this morning we stopped at Solaro Estate Vineyards on our way back to Austin. The wine at this vineyard is excellent. This is the first wine using Texas grapes I have liked after many tastings at many local vineyards. I highly recommend it for those in the area.

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They have a great tasting room and live music on the weekend.
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Ting Ting’s Cupcakes

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The picture is probably all I need to post here and you’ll be googling Ting Ting’s Cupcakes. You won’t wait around to see if I post a link. Don’t worry. I will.

One of my good college friends just started her own cupcake business – Ting Ting’s Cupcakes. Although I am a little biased in that Ting is such a good friend of mine I will promise you these are some of the best cupcakes you’ll ever have. Not only are they tasty, but they are beautiful as well. She puts as much TLC into the appearance as she does in the recipe and that’s saying a lot.

You can order them from her site http://tingtingscupcakes.com/ or on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/tingtingscupcakes . She does offer delivery to approved areas. Email her for more info.

My recommendation is the chocolover (pictured right) cupcake. From the menu, “chocolate cupcake with a rich chocolate buttercream frosting swirl.”

Order today and tell her John sent you for the uber duber good deal. Just kidding, but she’ll think it’s funny if you do say that.

Hart’s Firehouse BBQ

On my recent Texas State Parks day trip I stopped for lunch at a BBQ place in Lampasas, TX called Hart’s Firehouse BBQ. This joint has been open since 1965, with different owners along the way, and has a great atmosphere to go along with some good BBQ. It’s located at the intersection of highway 281 and Plum St in Lampasas, TX.

Firehouse BBQ front of store
Firehouse BBQ in Lampasas, TX

We arrived right before lunch on Saturday and found ourselves second in line. The lady in front of us proceeded to order sandwiches for the entire staff of the city of Lampasas. As I waited in front of the “please order ahead for large orders” sign I took a look at the restaurant’s interior. It was a nice country homey place with plenty of seating and natural light. They have plenty of outdoor seating and parking which is always a plus.

Entrance of Firehouse BBQ in Lampasas, TX

Once the City Office staff were given their order we were up to bat. The first thing I noticed about the menu is they seem to like their spice. This is good for me, but I can understand how some people wouldn’t like the extra kick. For those people, you probably shouldn’t stop at a place with fire in the name.

I got the two meat BBQ plate with brisket and jalapeno sausage.

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Two Meat plate at Firehouse (pic borrowed from texasbob.com)
Entrance of Firehouse BBQ in Lampasas, TX
Patio area at Firehouse BBQ in Lampasas, TX

The brisket was good brisket. The sausage was good sausage. Nothing to brag about, but good food. The green beans and potato salad (jalapeno potato salad of course) were pretty darn good. The jalapeno in the potato salad was a nice touch and wasn’t too spicy at all. The spicy sauce was excellent and I recommend it for the sausage. Overall it was an ok place to stop between parks/hikes. Having been to as many great BBQ places as I have had the pleasure of eating at, it is difficult to impress me when it comes to Texas BBQ.

Perk’s Coffee – Lampasas, TX

Another stop on my recent Texas State Parks day trip was to a nice little coffee shop in Lampasas, TX called Perk’s. We were greeted by the smell of good coffee and tea brewing and a smiling owner named Monty. We’ve had good luck finding great coffee spots on our trips and I’d have to say we struck gold once again.

Perk's Coffee in Lampasas, TX
Perk’s Coffee in Lampasas, TX

Along with a great iced tea, Italian soda, cafe americana, and an assortment of tea bags to choose from Monty also has a selection of pastries to choose from for a much needed sugar boost after the trip to Gorman Falls. It turns out Monty is a pastry chef by trade and just has the coffee shop on the side. His cake shelves were all empty though he proclaimed that they were all full this morning when he opened at 10:00 am. All the cakes on display were custom orders which were picked up promptly at the opening of the store.

He did have some unique cupcakes available for us to try out. They were made with four different chocolates and had a chocolate chip cookie baked into the center. Try one…or two if you happen to stop in. I promise you won’t regret it.