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Great place. The brisket was smoke well with the fat perfectly rendered out. It may have been a bit overdone, tending to fall apart when picked up. But taste wise it was great. Only small nitpick was that the crust was not as peppery as I like, but that's just personal preference. The ribs had a beautiful bark on them and were tender, just slightly dry. Tried the jalapeño sausage and my only comment is, make it hotter. But again that's just my personal preference. Some small nitpicks but overall a great restaurant. Definitely earned a four star rating. I may have just found my new favorite lunch spot!
jgarcia @ Julian’s BBQ, 2016-09-27 17:54:38
Great place. The brisket was smoke well with the fat perfectly rendered out. It may have been a bit overdone, tending to fall apart when picked up. But taste wise it was great. Only small nitpick was that the crust was not as peppery as I like, but that's just personal preference. The ribs had a beautiful bark on them and were tender, just slightly dry. Tried the jalapeño sausage and my only comment is, make it hotter. But again that's just my personal preference. Some small nitpicks but overall a great restaurant. Definitely earned a four star rating. I may have just found my new favorite lunch spot!
jgarcia @ Julian’s BBQ, 2016-09-27 17:54:38
Haven't been here in while....its really become quite an event center! I'd have to give the atmosphere 5 stars. Now on to the BBQ...had the brisket, ribs, turkey & sausage. Have to give the top dibs to the turkey. Great smoke flavor without being overwhelming. Moist. Delicious. Brisket pretty good but not quite flavorful enough. Moist. Ribs were quite good as well! Sausage had a good flavor but a little too fatty for me. Beans were very good. Potato salad was good too. Cole slaw is vinegar based. Not my fav. Tried both blackberry and peach cobbler with ice cream. Delicious, but I would have liked it a little sweeter. Rest of my family thought they were great. All in all, 3.5 stars.
Kenny G @ The Salt Lick Bar-B-Que, 2016-09-24 22:48:49
Moist brisket, but not fatty. Great favor, but not too intense. Adequate sauce, although no sauce needed on brisket. Sauce did not cover up flavor of meat when used. Good sides, but the brisket stole the show. Interesting peach cobbler, and tasted better than it looked (was packaged). Would highly recommend.
billyjeffers1845 @ The Witt Pit BBQ, 2016-09-24 19:14:25
Salami and Fritos perfection !
douglas78@aol.com @ Angelo’s Bar-B-Que, 2016-09-24 18:47:13
Chicken, sausage and brisket were good. Beef rib was ok. Had a side of potato salad and it was great! Was worth the visit and will return. Very nice people there as well.
dj770 @ Red Wagon BBQ, 2016-09-23 19:35:13
Came here 1st time. Warning. If you do not like an over abundance of smoke flavor, this is not your place. With that said, Lean brisket had some chew but pulled easy. I wish top fat had rendered as you paying for fat that's just going to be removed. Sting smoke flavor but surprisingly only 1/4" of smoke ring. Good pepper spice as well. Can eat without BBQ sauce but sauce is good enough to use sparingly. The moist is something else. Melt in mouth goodness. Again some fat should have been more rendered. They cut it at an angle so it pulls apart easy. No need for BBQ sauce but BBQ sauce gives it an extra level of spice. I can still feel it giving me a slow burn in my mouth or is that just all the smoke I inhaled while standing in line. I would say moist 4.5 out 5 and lean a 4 out of 5. I got beef rib but I was too full. These are the brontosaurus ribs and costs $22/lb. will see if worth it. Again this place not cheap @$20/lb. I've had great stuff at $15/lb or less. It's up to you to see if worth extra $5-8/lb better than Kirby's.
Terry r @ Pecan Lodge, 2016-09-23 17:26:33
Moist brisket okay but dry. Sauce good. 2.75 out 5. Sides were huge dissapointment. Cole slaw was soggy and corn on cob had been steaming for way too long.
Terry r @ Big Rays BBQ, 2016-09-22 17:52:54
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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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