Billy’s Pit Bar-B-Q

110 Texas 71
Bastrop, TX 78602

Phone: (512) 321-6453
Hours: M, W - Sat 11-7, Sun 11-6

Opened 1982
Pitmaster Billy Reid
Method Oak in an indirect heat pit

TMBBQ Rating: 2.5

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Excellent brisket, flavorful and great tenderness.
Gabe sheffy @ Smitty’s Market, 2015-03-27 15:04:53
Good bbq. Nice side dishes. Friendly staff.
jeff hodges @ Soda Springs Bar-B-Q, 2015-03-26 19:18:41
good thing the meat is superb, because I'm not a fan of the sauce
Stephen Powell @ Louie Mueller Barbecue, 2015-03-25 19:26:45
Pork ribs are superb. Brisket was a little dry. Ribs don't need sauce which is a good thing because the sauce isn't good. Lockhart slaw has a kick and is ok. Bbq beans are fair. Overall pretty good. Glad I came but won't make any special trips back.
bbq-kel @ Lockhart Smokehouse, 2015-03-25 18:13:50
Rudys BBQ seems to be the most consistent BBQ in Waco. Moist brisket and sausage is always good. Several places to eat BBQ in Waco but always hit or miss.
Jason Holder @ , 2015-03-25 12:38:45
Best q in ft worth had a sliced and a polish sausage both great
doug_wallace @ Angelo’s, 2015-03-24 23:29:22
Average east Texas brisket. Nothing special. Maybe the 2nd or 3rd best in T town. The chicken sandwich is their best offering.
Gene White @ Big Jake’s Bar-B-Que, 2015-03-24 12:47:28
According to Google on 3/21/15, this place is permanently closed
James Peters @ Smitty’s Pit BBQ, 2015-03-21 22:52:44
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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.

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