Nothing pairs better with a cold pint than a platter of fine smoked meats. And naturally, we take our BBQ pretty darn serious, which is why we're featuring some of the best BBQ Joints in Texas. 

The 2017 Barbecue Partners will be announced in the coming weeks. Previous participants include:
Blacks Barbecue
Kreuz Market
Del Norte Taco
Micklethwait Craft Meats
Millers Smokehouse
Bet the House BBQ
Highway 29 BBQ

Simply put, Black's Barbecue is legendary. Located in Lockhart (the Barbecue Capital of Texas) since 1932, Black's is the state's oldest barbecue restaurant continuously owned by the same family. Generations of Texans and tourists have flocked to Black's for more than 80 years to get a taste of what makes it one of the most recognized BBQ joints in the world.

Simply put, Black's Barbecue is legendary. Located in Lockhart (the Barbecue Capital of Texas) since 1932, Black's is the state's oldest barbecue restaurant continuously owned by the same family. Generations of Texans and tourists have flocked to Black's for more than 80 years to get a taste of what makes it one of the most recognized BBQ joints in the world.

Serving Central Texas style barbecue in East Austin since December 2012, Micklethwait Craft Meats has quickly become one of most recognized and talked about joints in Texas. Serving house-made specialties (that includes hand-made sausage, brisket and sliced pork shoulder) out of a vintage trailer, Micklethwait also serves up house-made bread, pickles, and unique desserts and sides such as homemade moon pies and jalapeño cheese grits. Micklethwait won the Austin Chronicle’s Beef Rib Smackdown in January 2014 and has been featured on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, The Cooking Channel’s Eat Street, The Discovery Channel’s Barbecue Paradise, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Texas Monthly, and more!

Serving Central Texas style barbecue in East Austin since December 2012, Micklethwait Craft Meats has quickly become one of most recognized and talked about joints in Texas. Serving house-made specialties (that includes hand-made sausage, brisket and sliced pork shoulder) out of a vintage trailer, Micklethwait also serves up house-made bread, pickles, and unique desserts and sides such as homemade moon pies and jalapeño cheese grits. Micklethwait won the Austin Chronicle’s Beef Rib Smackdown in January 2014 and has been featured on The Jimmy Kimmel Show, The Cooking Channel’s Eat Street, The Discovery Channel’s Barbecue Paradise, The Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Texas Monthly, and more!

Since opening in 2008, Miller's Smokehouse has steadily become a go-t0 joint for old-school Central Texas smoked meats. Miller's is a family-run business located in downtown Belton that began as a meat processing and taxidermy shop before pitmaster Dirk Miller started slow-smoking his way on to two consecutive Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ Joints lists. Whether it's the homemade sausages and barked briskets or the fresh sides and desserts - Miller's is always on point.  

Since opening in 2008, Miller's Smokehouse has steadily become a go-t0 joint for old-school Central Texas smoked meats. Miller's is a family-run business located in downtown Belton that began as a meat processing and taxidermy shop before pitmaster Dirk Miller started slow-smoking his way on to two consecutive Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ Joints lists. Whether it's the homemade sausages and barked briskets or the fresh sides and desserts - Miller's is always on point.  

With mesquite-smoked meats infused into signature Mexican dishes, chef Chris Garcia has created a Tex-Mex BBQ destination in the small town of Godley, Texas. Chris originally converted a small 1927 gas station into a taco stand with a single pit, but thanks to rave reviews from countless food critics, Del Norte now attracts crowds from all over Texas who come to experience a laid-back patio atmosphere and what Texas Monthly called the "most colorful presentation of smoked meat found in the state."

With mesquite-smoked meats infused into signature Mexican dishes, chef Chris Garcia has created a Tex-Mex BBQ destination in the small town of Godley, Texas. Chris originally converted a small 1927 gas station into a taco stand with a single pit, but thanks to rave reviews from countless food critics, Del Norte now attracts crowds from all over Texas who come to experience a laid-back patio atmosphere and what Texas Monthly called the "most colorful presentation of smoked meat found in the state."

Bet the House BBQ started with a creative Kickstarter campaign and has quickly become one of the top newcomer joints in Texas. Located in Denton, Bet the House uses 100% Black Angus Brisket from North Texas ranches and other locally sourced products to create mouth-watering barbecue that has received praise from the Texas BBQ Posse, TMBBQ and more. 

Bet the House BBQ started with a creative Kickstarter campaign and has quickly become one of the top newcomer joints in Texas. Located in Denton, Bet the House uses 100% Black Angus Brisket from North Texas ranches and other locally sourced products to create mouth-watering barbecue that has received praise from the Texas BBQ Posse, TMBBQ and more. 

Previous Participants:
Kreuz Market (Lockhart & Bryan, Texas)
Highway 29 BBQ (Bertram, Texas)
Southern Exposure Cooking Team  (Penelope, Texas)
Bonesuckerz BBQ (Waco, Texas)