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Brisket ribs sausage were ok
David Monasmith @ Evett’s Bar-B-Que, 2016-04-28 17:06:11
If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all. Best thing I had was the Dr. Pepper.
Stevew @ Mike?s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, 2016-04-28 13:19:11
Po-boy sandwich was pretty good this late
David Monasmith @ Bill Miller's Bar-B-Q, 2016-04-28 02:12:54
Came here based on review over a year old. Since on way up I35, not much to lose. Place looks like old gas station conversion. Inside there are lots of trophies for Bbq cook offs mainly in the 90's. Very family oriented. So the food. I ordered 2 meat special of brisket and chicken along with side of coleslaw. Brisket was lean-should have asked for moist but overall it has good taste and flavor even though dry. It did fall apart so that's good or would not be able to eat-no chewiness. Dipping in sauce improved flavor as very little smoke ring. Sauce has a bit of a kick-cayenne? Overall I give brisket 3 out of 5 for moistness and 3.5 for taste. The chicken was moist and looked like dry rub with spices. Not much of any smoke flavor until dip into sauce. I would give it a 3.5 out of 5. Cole slaw was a bit on sweet side but had good crispness. 2.5 out of 5.
Terry r @ Fat Boy’s BBQ, 2016-04-27 18:16:11
Chopped and a coke there chopped I always good
douglas78@aol.com @ Sammie’s Bar-B-Q, 2016-04-27 01:30:10
First timer but not the last!
wshivers72 @ Kreuz Market, 2016-04-25 16:40:17
Holy smoke this place is good! Slice brisket and pulled pork were amazing in the tangy, vinegary sauce that built up a nice, slow burn over multiple bites. Opted for regular sausage over jalapeño cheese. It was OK, but I prefer the kind made with meat loosely held in the casing. Will come back again to try more of the menu & enjoy the banquet-hall-like interior.
LonghornBBQR @ Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, 2016-04-23 22:29:41
Jalapanio sausage bland taste like Hot Dog.
@ The Big Bib BBQ, 2016-04-23 17:48:31
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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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