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We have been going to Hutchins for almost 20 years and since they rebuilt after the fire, they have taken it to a new level. All around it is great - meat, sides, desserts - everything is done well. The brisket is very tasty- maybe not quite as tender as Franklins and La Barbecue but close. The bacon wrapped, cream cheese & brisket stuffed jalapeño is my wife's favorite. The jalapeño & cheese sausage is fantastic. The ribs, chicken and sides are all top tier. Our favorites include the potato salad, broccoli salad and mac & cheese. Overall, you can not go wrong with a stop at Hutchins
bbqmeatlover @ Hutchins BBQ, 2016-02-07 22:56:05
No longer there
douglas78@aol.com @ Brazos Smokehouse, 2016-02-06 18:28:37
Had before like there sausage
douglas78@aol.com @ Spring Creek Barbeque, 2016-02-06 18:22:28
Gone no such place
douglas78@aol.com @ Doc Possum's, 2016-02-06 18:09:48
Mayo potato salad and beans were excellent the baby backs and sausage were good also the brisket wasn't as smoky as Id like and I think everything had been microwaved
douglas78@aol.com @ Rib Shack, 2016-02-06 17:59:03
This place is as good or better than any in Dfw the sausage was perfect moist and peppery the briskets tender smoky and great bark and the rib fell off the bone and was perfect between sweet and hot should be on the top list definitely worth the drive
douglas78@aol.com @ Bbq On The Brazos, 2016-02-06 17:08:12
Not in ft worth
douglas78@aol.com @ B&B Smokehouse, 2016-02-06 16:39:46
Had a while back its a chain had a sliced bout like dickeys
douglas78@aol.com @ Cousin’s Barbecue, 2016-02-06 16:27:47
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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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