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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Absolutely everything was exactly as it should be, including the after-church line out the door, for a place as great as this.
C Rankin @ Hutchins BBQ, 2014-04-19 19:42:09
Flavorful and perfect cut of brisket, nice blackened crisp edge and the meat moist, but the sauce was weak and tasted like something from a jar. Sausage was moist and flavor was good but casing was left on in the sandwich & so tough it made it almost indelible. Not much meat on the sandwich which necessitates upgrading to Big Boy a requirement not an option. Buns were doughy. Table was sticky and cig butts in ashtray on table when we sat down. Not impressed and shouldn't be on the list. Doesn't make the journey the whole way from pit to mouth
C Rankin @ Casstevens Cash & Carry, 2014-04-19 19:39:22
Delicious! Spicy corn was incredible!
Nathaniel Cox @ Opie’s BBQ, 2014-04-19 15:24:17
The brisket had a beautiful smoke ring but slightly dry. The pork spare rib was amazing. The sausage was really good.
tumbleweed_ @ City Market, 2014-04-19 13:40:06
Pork chop, brisket, and sausage. All good.
coach @ Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2014-04-19 09:11:56
Stopped in on a weekday at 12:40 & was immersed in the "you're at a GREAT Texas BBQ joint" feeling immediately. Cars parked up and down the street (like it seems to be a most great places there is little parking). I saw some outside picnic tables with people from all walks of life talking and eating. I made it inside and found about 4 tables and not too bad of a line. The lady taking orders (& everyone else) were super friendly. I felt like a regular. I ordered the 3 meat and a table opened up so I ate there inside. The line came by my table so I was able to tell from the talk all the first timers who were in line. The returners were giving them pointers on what sausage, ribs & sides to pick. I got moist brisket which had a black bark and plenty of smoke. Great flavor and unlike some have said it had a good salty taste. The spicy sausage looked dry but I was surprised at how tender and good it was. It snapped when you ate it and had an excellent flavor. The ribs I got were St Louis style and although the meat was firm it would pull off the bone in one big delicious piece. I am definitely becoming a rib man. It had a pretty pink ring and was moist was a brisket rub kind of flavor. I don't line multi meat plates. I'd rather get more of 1 or 2 meats but at Gatlin's I don't know what meat I'd eliminate. I ordered it to go so I could take the left overs but there were none! My choice for BBQ in Houston.
Hank Mangum @ Gatlin’s BBQ, 2014-04-18 08:37:56
pretty darn good
rgv @ Longoria’s BBQ, 2014-04-17 13:51:33
Simple, great sandwiches and plates, beef is tender and perfectly cooked. Fresh, crisp cole slaw and great tater salad. Beautiful Texan place with a handful of small tables on the porch and some more in the yard out front. Been there twice, and will return. Perfect for a lunch when out bicycling!
Trond Smestad @ Pop’s Pit BBQ, 2014-04-17 13:43:34
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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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