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Fantastic brisket. Cooked to my exact liking. Atmosphere is old time TX BBQ, solid country gold on the speakers. Love it!
jeff hodges @ Black’s Barbecue, 2016-06-27 22:55:12
Had the frito pie with sausage was fntastic and got a hot link sandwich also good folks and food here
douglas78@aol.com @ Lone Star Bar-B-Que, 2016-06-26 18:00:07
Made the drive from Bryan today. great drive and better food. The moist brisket was great the bark amazing. Pork ribs were our favorite. Sausage was good. We also thought the pork shoulder was amazing.
Mjleonar @ Snow?s BBQ, 2016-06-25 19:44:39
Sampled all their fantastic food at Huston BBQ fest. Amazing artists at both BBQ and chocolate. Get the carrot soufflés for desert
Randy Deputy @ Tejas Chocolate Craftory, 2016-06-21 13:02:50
@Micklethwait Craft Meats in Austin- I had a great meal hear with my family on Father's Day. As usual the brisket was exceptional. Some fellow devotees encouraged us to try the frito pie which was fantastic. Also tried the Barbacoa - delicious. Micklethwait Craft Meats provides the perfect combination of mouth watering meats and delicious sides - don't miss the pickles or jalapeño cheddar grits
bbqmeatlover @ , 2016-06-20 21:08:35
Too early for everything except sausage - but is was damn good sausage
wheresjim @ Smitty’s Market, 2016-06-19 14:50:13
Finally made it here. It lives up to the hype though I agree with past reviews that the brisket was dry. But it still had lots of flavor. The sausage was delicious, I wish I'd got more but I didn't want to stand in line again. The ribs were the star of the show. So much flavor and slid of the bone.
pk @ City Market, 2016-06-17 19:43:38
The worst BBQ I have ever had. The brisket was obviously left over and tough. They tried to hide this by cutting it really thin. There is no smoke profile or taste at all. The chop beef was disgusting. The ribs were cooked well and had a decent bark on them but again no taste or smoke profile. The sausage was the most decent and edible thing on my $27 plate. I really like to look on the inside of the restaurant, but have come to realize that this is basically a place for people can take their kids and drink some beer while they play on the playground.
TexasHopHead @ Blanco BBQ, 2016-06-17 13:07:21
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Review

Billy's Bastrop 02

November 5, 2013

On his 1994 album Gringo Honeymoon, Texas singer/songwriter Robert Earl Keen recorded a song entitled “Barbeque.” It has become the anthem for many of my smoked meat adventures along with most every other REK song. When I had a chance meeting with he and Lyle Lovett at the KUT studios in Austin, I was at first speechless. After some introductions and a few photos our conversation went straight to the subject of barbecue. Lyle, like many other Texans, was a big fan of Cooper’s in Llano, but Robert’s choice was more unexpected. He insisted I go try Billy’s in Bastrop.

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Sliced beef, bread, ribs, sausage, and a cold Big Red

The parking lot along the Highway 71 service road was nearly full at lunch time. Not a single vehicle lacked a tailgate. Just for fun I listened to the chorus of “Barbeque” in the car before I walked in.

Barbeque sliced beef and bread 
Ribs and sausage and a cold Big Red 
Barbeque makes old ones feel young 
Barbeque makes everybody someone 
If you’re feelin’ puny and you don’t know what to do 
Treat yourself to some meat eat some barbeque

The staff seemed to know most of the other folks in line, and were still very friendly to this outsider. I got a combo plate to go and a cold Big Red to enjoy on the trunk. The sausage is homemade, so I started there. While I enjoyed the taut casing, the links needed something more in the seasoning to make them memorable. The same was true for the brisket. It was tender and moist, but with a washed out smokiness that makes me suspect that they wrap the meat during cooking. It also needed more salt and pepper to provide some oomph. Potato salad and beans were both as mediocre as the brisket. The best item was the pork ribs. Despite the reddish appearance, the ribs has a good level of smoke. They required a firm bite to get them off the bone, but the flavor and tenderness were spot on.

Billy’s has been around for over three decades, so they must be doing something right in a town with at least three other barbecue options. On the day I visited it wasn’t much better than average, but I could tell they were trying. Maybe I just hit them on an off day, or maybe I just need to go in there with Robert Earl Keen as my dining companion.

Comments

3 Comments

    will says:

    How do you create a reliable ranking system with only one visit to any location?

    Paula says:

    I will have to say Billy’s is the best. I’m from philly PA my husband is born in raised from Bastrop Tx my husband told me I had to try this barbque spot ” its the best in town ” now I never even heard of a beef brisket until I got married i feel in love. I tried this sandwhich and now I’m in luv with billys. Every time we come to Tx to visit I make it my business to stop and get a sandwhich its the best.

    Buddy Wilson says:

    Best Bar B Q I have ever eaten any where :)

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