The original Cooper’s Barbecue in Mason, Texas.

Pictured: beef rib, slab of brisket and goat sausage. Out on the Edward’s Plateau part of Mason County you start to run into the lip of the biggest goat farming area of the United States: McCulloch County; hence the hot guts featuring goat instead of beef.

The old boys working in the frac sand plants out that way need sustenance and Cooper’s is more than happy to oblige.

Quality-wise they’re coasting on past glory. The beef chuck rib is chewy and needing more time on the smoker; the brisket would make a nice companion for the trip, it’s tough.

There are not a lot of smoke houses in the region so Cooper’s does steady business vending barbecue that would get the boots put to you in Travis County.

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