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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Comments from our joint finder app.
Decided to "Mann Up" today...guess I'll be skipping supper tonight! What a meal! Great sandwich but the star, as always, was that yummy pork rib. Can't get enough of those!!
Adam Murray @ Mann’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, 2015-08-27 18:18:37
Brisket needed another hour on the pit. The sausage needed 30 minutes less. No reason this should not be good BBQ.
Jeff Messer @ Dozier’s Grocery and Market, 2015-08-25 23:48:47
A sliced and a smoked sausage both fantastic as usual
doug_wallace @ Angelo’s, 2015-08-24 23:49:21
Great ribs! The chipped beef sandwich was not good- basically a sloppy joe... Service was wonderful! I recommend getting a rack of ribs. The rolls were great as well.
kyle craven @ Stringer’s Lufkin BBQ, 2015-08-24 16:47:49
Ribs and potato salad both fantastic
doug_wallace @ North Main BBQ, 2015-08-23 01:17:23
Had to stop in while in the area. Ribs were moist and tender. Nice smoke flavor. Brisket had a good smoke flavor. Ham also had a good flavor. Worth sticking around town until they opened.
Mae McKnight @ Smokey Bros, 2015-08-22 16:39:45
Fancy BBQ with great desserts
David Monasmith @ Smoke The Restaurant, 2015-08-22 02:56:27
Great beef rib, brisket was above Avrage.....would have liked some sauce... BBQ wasn't good enough to not have it
kyle craven @ Kreuz Market, 2015-08-22 00:41:09
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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

2 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.

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