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Where to go on a delicious Texas BBQ trip

Where to go on a delicious Texas BBQ trip

Snow's popularized the idea of "destination barbecue," and it's still as good as ever. Octogenarian pitmaster Tootsie Tomanetz will be tending the pits and taking pictures with adoring fans. Remember, it's only open Saturdays. Get there early as the barbecue runs out fast. It's some of the best barbecue breakfast you will ever eat.

Vitals: 516 Main, in Lexington, 979-773-4640; snowsbbq.com.

Where to go on a delicious Texas BBQ trip
BBQ MarketSan Antonio is not known as a barbecue destination, but the excellent ‘Q at Two Brothers is set to change that. All smoked meats here are excellent. The big patio, playground and live music make it a great destination for families.

Vitals: 12656 West Ave, San Antonio, TX 78216 – (210) 496-0222 – twobrosbbqmarket.com

Where to go on a delicious Texas BBQ trip

Justin and Diane Fourton opened Pecan Lodge in 2010, giving barbecue fanatics a legitimate reason to make the drive to Dallas for top-notch Central Texas-style barbecue. Take a few friends - or an army - and order "The Trough," a solid 5 pound sampler platter of smoked meat goodness.

Vitals: 2702 Main, in Dallas, 214-748-8900; pecanlodge.com.

Where to go on a delicious Texas BBQ trip

Considered the "cathedral of Texas barbecue," the decades-long tradition here is embodied in the giant brick pits that produce the smoky, peppery, "dinosaur-style" beef ribs for which pitmaster Wayne Mueller is known. The all-beef sausage is ground from pure beef and mixed with tallow and spices and stuffed into links daily.

Vitals: 206 W. 2nd, in Taylor, 512-352-6206; louiemuellerbarbecue.com.

Where to go on a delicious Texas BBQ trip

Aaron Franklin has become the king of Texas barbecue in recent years, with TV appearances, a cookbook and lines that seem to get longer everyday (unless you’re Barack Obama, in which case you simply cut said line). Like the best barbecue joints, it’s open until sold out and closed when Aaron goes on vacation.

Vitals: 900 E. 11th, in Austin, (512) 653-1187; franklinbarbecue.com.