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Ted hindes @ Wenzel Lonestar Meat Company, 2015-11-25 20:41:04
The Butt sandwich is only on FRIDAY! The tater is good but be hungry or bring a friend for the whole order. Brisket was very nicely done.
Ted hindes @ Wenzel Lonestar Meat Company, 2015-11-25 20:37:29
I have been here many times, the Brisket is the best I have had...
Packer @ Pecan Lodge, 2015-11-24 20:17:12
Great Brisket and BBQ Quesadillas
David Monasmith @ Old 300 BBQ, 2015-11-24 17:24:05
Average at best
David Monasmith @ Smokey Mo's BBQ, 2015-11-20 17:17:06
I rate it a zero for lack of a lower score FYI my baseline is always Rudys which I rate at a 2 for consistency.
Randy Deputy @ City Meat Market, 2015-11-19 18:23:23
The lady at the front was nice but it was all downhill from there. I like antique and homestyle places but this place was dirty and disgusting and deserted looking. The staff in the back was un-helpful and surly to put it nicely. The brisket was in water which diluted the taste but in the end The two bites I took were not all that bad. I just threw the rest of the $25 of barbecue away because I could not eat after going there.
Randy Deputy @ City Meat Market, 2015-11-19 18:19:10
Second stop of the evening and thought I'd round out the day with a beef rib and some of their amazing sides. Brisket looked perfect but was on a mission for some of that velvety beef on a bone and was not disappointed! Love these folks here and everyone's happy demeanor and attitude.
Adam Murray @ Black’s Barbecue, 2015-11-19 00:30:36
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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.


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.



    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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