Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

604 W. Young (Texas Hwy. 29)
Llano, TX 78643

Phone: 325-247-5713
Hours: Sun-€“Thur 10:30-€“8, Fri & Sat 10:30-€“9

Opened 1963
Pitmaster Multiple
Method Mesquite; direct-heat pit
Pro Tip Offset the price of the meats with a bowl of free beans.

TMBBQ Rating: 4.5

Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50

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May 16, 2013

Texas is in the midst of a barbecue renaissance, an age of smoky enlightenment. One need only sample the goods at new-guard establishments like Franklin Barbecue, in Austin, or Pecan Lodge, in Dallas, to realize it. Yet in the face of all this newfangled excitement, Cooper’s continues to soldier on—an intrepid old-timer, a barbecue stalwart that has appeared on every single one of these lists. If it ain’t broke, as the saying goes, don’t fix it…

January 23, 2010

It had been some time since my last visit to Cooper’s in Llano. This haven for bikers out on their Saturday stroll isn’t on the way from Dallas to anywhere, so I made a special road trip of my own. There was some BBQ sampled along the way, but my true destination was Llano, and the original home of the Big Chop. Although when I set out for the day I had plans of an…

May 21, 2008

The horror! Our first pass through the Hill Country’s most renowned barbecue joint was utterly disappointing. The pork ribs were tough, the sausage was bland, and the fatty brisket was downright chewy. Even the sides were lackluster. Still, no one seemed to mind; the place was packed on a weekday afternoon, as locals, tourists, and bikers waited in line by the outdoor pit to pick out their own meats. Luckily we ordered some lean brisket…


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Love the pork chop and cabrito
David Monasmith @ Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2016-10-29 17:50:07
The price was high but the food was good.
Woodwill Smokers @ Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2016-08-22 03:09:26
Had the brisket, sausage, turkey, beef rib, pork rib, and black berry cobbler. The brisket was tender. It didn't have much of a smoke ring but still very good. The beef rib was fantastic.
tumbleweed_ @ Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2016-07-17 18:05:27
Great pork chop, beef rib, and brisket !
Kyle030390 @ Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2016-07-02 00:30:52
Went there Mother's Day to pick ups one Prime Rib for my daughter-in-law, of course I got some brisket and jalepeno and cheddar sausage. Everyone enjoyed all the meat. The prime rib was outstanding, tasty and tender. Brisket and sausage was outstanding too. The long line moves fast and we were all happy on Mom's day
bobrq13 @ Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2016-05-10 06:56:47
Took the family to the Cooper's in New Braunfels. Been wanting to try Coopers for a long time. We ordered moist brisket, prime rib, jalepeno and cheese sausage, turkey and the pork loin. I liked the idea of looking in on the meat and picking the pieces. The kids loved the turkey it was very moist and tasty, the adults loved it too. The pork lion was superb, full of flavor and melt in your mouth tender. The brisket was excellent very moist and a very beefy flavor. I really enjoyed the sausage. Plenty of jalepeno and cheese not to salty and great texture. A true polish style link. Saving the best for last was an unbelievable prime rib! So tender you didn't have to chew. My daughter loved it. Prime Rib is my go to when I eat at a nice restaurant and I never had one this good except in Vegas!! Had the jalepeno and bacon Mac and cheese and Wow!!
bobrq13 @ Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2016-04-04 08:02:12
Brisket and sausage plate was great. Beans and potato salad really good. One of my top 3 BBQ in Texas. But, it is pricey.
gcnoserider @ Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2016-04-01 20:36:30
Excellent brisket and porkchop from the pit. potato salad and peach cobbler were great.
@ Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, 2016-03-20 01:32:13
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April 24, 2012

In 1962, Tommy Cooper was sent out by his father George to expand the Cooper’s BBQ business from Mason to Llano. Tommy sadly died in an accident in 1979 and the business was sold. It was sold again in 1986 to current owner Terry Wootan who has seen this Hill Country staple’s fame reach new heights. The Wootan’s have also taken to some expansion of their own and have seen new stores open in New Braunfels in 2009 and Fort Worth in 2010.

This is by far the most popular location with weekend road-trippers and bikers flooding the place by the dozens on the weekends. We opted for a visit right at opening time on a Friday where we had the dining room to ourselves. All the meats are ordered from the pit at the entry. The cooking pits are scattered about under the same roof, but this pit is just for warming. This is also where Cooper’s can suffer. Meats are stored here without any protection, and I’ve had dry meats on occasion when I make a late afternoon visit. I didn’t let the drying process start on this day and the meats were all superb. Beef ribs and brisket were boldly seasoned and tender with that signature flavor from those coals. It ain’t called ‘Home of the Big Chop’ for nothing, and the one on this morning was better than I’d ever eaten. The two inch thick chop was still hot from the fire just flowing with juices. This was best meal I’ve had at a Cooper’s anywhere, so get there early, folks.

(This review originally appeared on Full Custom Gospel BBQ.)


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