Whenever we need guidance on where to find the best barbecue in the US we always head straight to a newsstand and pick up the latest copy of US News And World Report, unofficially known as the barbecue bible.

There, Emily H. Bratcher, one of the foremost authorities on the subject, weighs in with extreme gravitas on the subject of barbecue and the best places in the United States to find it.

Like Rudy’s Country Store.

Take it away Ms Bratcher: “Where to Try? Many visitors say Franklin Barbecue’s brisket is the best they’ve ever had. Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q also has praise-worthy brisket and a fun dine-in atmosphere.” With dozens of locations scattered all over the southwest United States, corporate barbecue chain Rudy’s certainly has plentiful opportunities to be praised-by people who’ve never had real deal Texas barbecue.

Writing an article about the best barbecue in America and including Rudy’s is like penning a piece on the best southern food restaurants and including Cracker Barrel.

It demonstrates a serious deficit in research prior to putting pen to pad.

Bratcher continues lauding Texas by writing about Lockhart. We give you Ms. Bratcher once again: “Where to Try? Kreuz Market and Smitty’s Market are the top contenders for best barbeque in Lockhart. We recommend trying the beef brisket at both establishments and deciding for yourself which establishment serves the best.”

Kreuz Market hasn’t been relevant in any “best of” barbecue discussions in over ten years. Smitty’s can occasionally put out a good plate of brisket but is so wildly inconsistent as to make eating there a throw of the dice. Smitty’s still turns out good sausage and has incredible atmosphere but best in Lockhart?

Not even close.

all scrumptiouschef barbecue coverage here http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/Barbecue

further:

Black’s has been putting out the best, most consistent barbecue in Lockhart since Kreuz was toppled from the crown over a decade ago. Here’s why http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?p=106

While it’s true that Central Texas is near the top of regions in the US for best barbecue it’s certainly not [with the exception of Franklin] due to the restaurants that Bratcher lionizes.

A few unsung heroes that make central Texas great:

Roy Jeffrey’s been putting out world class barbecue in Caldwell County for over 50 years http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?p=974

Man of God, James A Davis is putting out top flight brisket up in Williamson county http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?p=1038

and Robert Wilhite puts out one of the best pounds of brisket I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?p=1076

last year.

When penning an article that discusses Texas barbecue it would be wise to actually COME to Texas, spend a long weekend driving around the area and maybe actually EAT some barbecue before you submit your article.

Or you could take what will henceforth be known as the Bratcher route and just sort of start typing and hope for the best.

Either way.

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