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Brisket today was a bit dry and flavorless. Still deserved 3 stars. Out of beef ribs
Terry r @ Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, 2016-10-23 02:37:10
Ordered fatty brisket and Cole slaw plate. Brisket was pretty good but I had issues. 1). Counted burnt ends as fatty(moist) brisket. So not my cup of tea. Then they gave what looked like lean on plate as well. Good smoke ring but was a bit dry. Tasty but dry. Cole slaw was great. Crispy and spicy.
Terry r @ Freedmen's, 2016-10-23 01:39:46
Loaded potato and hot link Sandwich both perfect @ Fred’s Bar-B-Q, 2016-10-22 17:05:14
Love the pulled pork
David Monasmith @ Roegels Barbecue Co., 2016-10-21 17:42:20
Brisket and chicken plate with side Cole slaw. Assembly for moist but got half and half. Lean actually tasted better than then moist. Moist was stringy. No smoke ring on either. Chicken was great. Moist and smoky. Cole slaw was good with hint of ginger spice.
Terry r @ Black’s Barbecue, 2016-10-21 00:33:23
Best lunch I have had in a while. Everything was great.
David Monasmith @ The Pit Room, 2016-10-20 17:31:57
Had a loaded potato with sausage awesome as usual there sausage and hot links come from rudolphs in Dallas an old time butcher shop great food @ Fred’s Bar-B-Q, 2016-10-15 22:40:55
Great sides and steak
Kyle030390 @ Smoke, 2016-10-15 03:32:04
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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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