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Place was happening. Service is fried Lu and listen to your requests. I had 2 meat plate. Brisket and chicken with side of potato salad and dirty rice. For me the dirty rice was the star. Rice with chicken livers and spices. I could eat all day long. The chicken was next best thing. Smoky, juicy and full of flavor. A little BBQ sauce goes long way. Brisket was good but I had reservations as it did not stand up to a little place I visited yesterday in ennis. Good smoke ring, good flavor but dry. All in all a good visit. Maybe next time I'll ask for moist brisket instead of lean. For $12.99, it was pretty good considering the portion size was large for meats. 1/2 a small chicken and maybe 1/3lb brisket.
Terry r @ Burns Orginal BBQ Est. 1973, 2016-12-02 19:53:47
Brisket and baby backs were great today, also like the potato salad and beans
David Monasmith @ Two Bros. BBQ Market, 2016-12-01 21:04:55
Had black pepper sausage and lean brisket both excellent
douglas78@aol.com @ Heim Barbecue, 2016-12-01 04:21:39
It's okay. Brisket tender but not much smoke flavor. Sides good if not too sweet
Terry r @ Hickory BBQ, 2016-11-30 18:26:56
All you can eat Monday had chopped ,ham and bolo all good with smoke flavor beans and fries good too still a little life left in this place
douglas78@aol.com @ Sammie’s Bar-B-Q, 2016-11-29 00:21:17
went back on a Saturday for the beef ribs at The Pit in San Angelo. only served Thursday through Saturday. They are awesome. my son claims as good as Louie Mueller.
Bbqbruce @ , 2016-11-26 19:27:35
A sliced ,Fritos and a coke she threwin a boat of salami someone changed there mind on all fantastic
douglas78@aol.com @ Angelo’s Bar-B-Que, 2016-11-26 17:35:56
$35 lunch 2 half chicken plates 2slices of brisket and 2 drinks totally not worth it.
@ Cooper’s Bar-B-Q & Grill, 2016-11-20 06:40:14
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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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