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Bastrop County Barbeque Trail

Treat your taste buds to a weekend in Bastrop County where you can explore several of the best barbeque spots in Texas! With a wide collection of long-time favorite barbeque joints, Bastrop County has become quite the mecca for smoked meats. Whether the saucy goodness is spelled barbecue, barbeque or BBQ, try them all and pick your favorite on our self-guided Barbeque Trail. Start your tour in Elgin and eat your way through the county, ending in Smithville. Make sure to come hungry!

Photos of BBQ Entrees - Micklethwait and Southside BBQ
Photos of BBQ Entrees – Micklethwait and Southside BBQ

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  1. Southside Market & Barbecue - Elgin
  2. 1.  Southside Market & Barbecue
         1212 US 290, Elgin 78621 (512)-281-4650

    Eat some authentic Central Texas barbecue from Southside, established in 1882, which claims the status of the oldest BBQ joint in Texas. Just follow the smoke and look for the big sign.  The most popular plates like the Southside combo, served with brisket, original sausage, potato salad and beans, Southside has recently introduced a new favorite: the jalapeno slammer – a fresh jalapeno stuffed with cheddar cheese, wrapped in pan sausage and bacon. Learn more at www.southsidemarket.com.

  3. Meyer's Elgin Steakhouse - Elgin
  4. 2. Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse
         188 US 290, Elgin 78621 (512)-281-3331

    Their website says it all: Welcome to ‘Cuetopia, TX! As decreed by the Founding Fathers of Finger-Licking Foods, ‘Cuetopia is the official BBQ center of the universe. Feast your eyes on a magical land of meat where bbq sauce bubbles from the fountains, basting brushes run for mayor, sausage links rain from the heavens, and rainbows are made of bacon. The famous restaurant is more than just an eatery. It’s an experience. A place where ‘Cuetopians slap on their bibs, roll up their sleeves and love up that sweet, sweet barbecue. Of course, after four generations of lip-smackin’ know-how, it’s no wonder we have people coming back day after day. Learn more at www.cuetopiatexas.com.

     

     

  5. Fitties BBQ - Bastrop
  6. 3. fitties bbq
         1376 hwy 71, Bastrop 78602 (512)-303-6808

    For over 20 years, the tiny roadside barbecue haunt has offered slow-cooked ribs, brisket, sausage. Fitties also provides sides, burgers and huge tacos, plus breakfast, complete with outdoor seating.

    Fitties BBQ has the traditional brisket, sausage, chicken, beans, potato salad, and all of the other fixins’, so get here with an appetite. Oh, and did you know that Fitties is very easy on the wallet? Lean more at www.fittiesbbq.webs.com.

  7. Benny’s Texas Bar-B-Q - Cedar Creek
  8. 4. Benny’s Texas Bar-B-Q
         1688 TX-71, Cedar Creek 78612 (512)-332-2812

    Whether from Tennessee, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, or the Carolinas, southern BBQ is the sweetest and most sultry taste around. Complete with all the fixins, their southern comfort food is sure to satisfy any appetite. Their recipes have been gathered over six generations and across three families with strong roots in the south and its tradition of BBQ and soul food. Bring the whole family and experience our down home cookin’ for yourself. You’ll never forget your first time! Serves breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Learn more at www.bennystexasbar-b-que.com.

     

     

  9. The Gas Station - Bastrop
  10. 5. The Gas Station
         1073 TX-304, Bastrop, TX 78602 (512) 321-7297

    The gas station used in scenes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre is back open for bloody business. But don’t expect to fill up on gasoline.

    The infamous fuel stop made famous by the 1974 horror classic is now known simply as The Gas Station. It sells film memorabilia and Texas barbecue. Learn more at www.texasgasstation.com.

     

     

  11. Southside Market & Barbeque - Bastrop
  12. 6. Southside Market & Barbeque – Bastrop
         534 TX-71, Bastrop, TX 78602 (512) 575-9037

    Located in Central Texas, Southside Market & Barbeque offers Authentic Texas BBQ from the oldest joint in the state. Eat some authentic Central Texas barbecue from Southside, established in 1882, which claims the status of the oldest BBQ joint in Texas. Just follow the smoke and look for the big sign.  The most popular plates like the Southside combo, served with brisket, original sausage, potato salad and beans, Southside has recently introduced a new favorite: the jalapeno slammer – a fresh jalapeno stuffed with cheddar cheese, wrapped in pan sausage and bacon. Learn more at www.southsidemarket.com.

  13. Billy's Pit BBQ - Bastrop
  14. 7. Billy’s Pit BBQ
        110 TX-71, Bastrop, TX 78602 (512)-398-3633

    Billy’s is small and not much of a sit-down place unless you’re traveling through. But the quality and prices of their tasty selections are wonderful. Buy by the plate, sandwich, or by the pound. Main selections are ribs, brisket, sausage, chicken, chopped beef, and mutton with fixin’s like potato salad, beans, slaw, and cobblers for dessert. Billy’s is a hidden treasure prized by locals and sometimes they have sold it all out before closing time, usually 6 or 7 pm.  ~TripAdvisor

    Learn more at Billy’s Pit BBQ.

     

  15. Bastrop’s Fieldhouse Barbecue - Bastrop
  16. 8. Bastrop’s Fieldhouse Barbecue
         2820 TX-21 ste a, Bastrop, TX 78602 (512) 985-5312

    Bastrop’s Fieldhouse Barbecue is made the old school way, oak wood, some TLC and sleepless nights. Their sausage and sides are made in house not scooped out of a bucket. Bastrop’s Fieldhouse has a variety of beer and wine to choose from.  The sweet tea is brewed as one not the add sugar later type!  Come enjoy a family friendly atmosphere.  Learn more at Bastrop’s Fieldhouse Barbecue’s website.

  17. Zimmerhanzel's Bar B Que - Smithville
  18. 9. Zimmerhanzel’s Bar B Que
         307 Royston St, Smithville, TX 78957 (512) 237-4244

    Zimmerhanzel’s is another Texas joint that is doing its smoked meats right, but its sausage is what’s really winning fans over. The brisket and ribs are still on-point, but those links made in-house with beef and spices are on an entirely different level. After smoking in the pit, the skin pops nicely upon the first bite.

  19. Micklethwait Market and Grocery
  20. 10. Micklethwait Market and Grocery
           114 NE 2nd St.  Smithville, TX 78957

    The newly opened Micklethwait Market and Grocery in Smithville has authentic, Texas country-style BBQ, including specialty homemade sausages that vary daily. This quaint downtown eatery, that used to house an auto shop, now serves up some of the best meat in Texas (beef rib, brisket, pulled pork, chops ‘n sausage,  and more. Come enjoy the wide open friendly atmosphere. Learn more at craftmeatsaustin.com.

For information about Bastrop County’s Barbecue Restaurants and other evening venues, check out our Entertainment menu.