January 15, 2015 by wilsonneelynyc
A leading publisher of shopping, dining, and hotel guides for key cities around the world, Zagat recently set its sights on Texas and one of its culinary staples: Barbecue. The website published its list of the 34 Most Important Barbecue Joints in Texas in summer of 2014, including several long-celebrated barbecue establishments from across the state.
Named Texas’ best barbecue restaurant by publications such as Texas Monthly, Franklin Barbecue is led by well-known pitmaster Aaron Franklin, who uses self-welded smokers and originally served his smoked meats out of a trailer. He is now internationally renowned for specialties such as his espresso barbecue sauce, and his East Austin restaurant draws queues of eagerly waiting diners as early as 9 AM.
Located in Taylor, Texas, Louie Mueller Barbecue is known throughout the state for its huge cuts of beef rib, pepper-crusted brisket, and “addictive” pork ribs. Family-owned and operated since 1949, the establishment is credited with inspiring many of Texas’ top barbecue restaurants.
One of the more recently established barbecue joints on Zagat’s list, Snow’s is located in Lexington and owes its success to 79-year-old pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz and her decades of experience. Popular for its brisket, Texas Monthly recognized the establishment as offering the best barbecue in Texas in 2008.