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Smoked sausage and Fritos
douglas78@aol.com @ Angelo’s Bar-B-Que, 2016-07-28 00:44:46
Good
Terry r @ Peter's BBQ, 2016-07-26 22:00:40
Got here about 12:30pm. Stood in line for about 20min. Line moves but not as fast as expected. Got lean and moist brisket and a beef rib. Sides were cream corn and Mac and cheese. Brisket flavor wise was amazing. Downside was it was very dry. Even the burnt ends were dry. Saving grace are the 3 BBQ sauces available. They made it easier to go down and added good flavor to already good smoky and peppery meat. Beef rib was very juicy and great bark with pepper and slight saltiness. Perfect. Cream corn was Rudys like which is good. The Mac and cheese was great but extremely heavy. Could only have a couple bites before arteries started complaining. Beef rib 5 out 5. Brisket taste 5 of 5, brisket moistness/ tenderness 2 of 5. Sides 4 of 5. Overall 4 out of 5.
Terry r @ Killen’s Barbecue, 2016-07-26 18:29:53
Loaded baked potato and koolaid perfect !
douglas78@aol.com @ Fred’s Bar-B-Q, 2016-07-26 18:14:15
Excellent on Monday! Brisket and ribs... Beans and slaw good, too
John Warren @ Terry Black’s Barbecue, 2016-07-23 04:04:20
Terry Black's on Monday... Rudy's today. Not a bad week for not expecting Que at all.
John Warren @ , 2016-07-23 04:00:49
there's no entry for the shop in Austin so I'm putting this here. I heard they ship the smoked meat up from Lockhart to Austin so was a little worried. got there around 7pm ordered brisket, pork and beef rib, sausage. all excellent so well kept throughout the day if they're just holding it. the beef rib seemed a little dry outside but was still moist inside. brisket was excellent. pork ribs lacked a little flavor bit were cooked perfectly. the sausage was absolutely delicious. couple of tall boy Lone Stars with it and it was a great meal.
thehighepopt @ Black?s Barbecue, 2016-07-21 18:40:00
ate here a couple weeks ago. no lines no waiting! brisket was great and the sausage was delish. wouldn't say top tier of Austin spots but one small step down for sure.
thehighepopt @ Brown?s Bar-B-Que, 2016-07-21 18:29:50
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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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