This Joint Was Just Named the Best Barbecue in Texas

The newcomer Snow’s BBQ has been named the best barbecue restaurant in Texas by Texas Monthly magazine

Snow’s BBQ’s pitmaster is 82-year-old Tootsie Tomanetz, aka “the first lady of Texas barbecue.”

In some parts of the country, barbecue is just another backyard meal — but in Texas, it’s a religion. Texas Monthly magazine just published its quadrennial list of the top barbecue spots in Texas. The prize pork was awarded to Snow’s BBQ in Lexington, an upset that has rocked the ‘cue scene to its core. Franklin Barbecue is usually the perennial favorite and is a required stop for visitors to Austin, from President Obama to Kanye West.

Snow’s BBQ is well-known for its top-notch, affordable brisket and fall-off-the-bone chicken, smoked and sliced by the 82-year-old Tootsie Tomanetz, aka “the first lady of Texas barbecue.” We named Tootsie one of the most influential pitmasters in America.

Here’s the list in its entirety:

1. Snow’s BBQ (Lexington)

2. Franklin Barbecue (Austin)

3. Cattleack Barbeque (Dallas)

4. Bodacious Bar-B-Q (Longview, but it’s actually a chain)

5. Louie Mueller Barbecue (Taylor)

6. Tejas Chocolate Craftory (Tomball)

7. CorkScrew BBQ (Spring)

8. Micklethwait Craft Meats (Austin)

9. Evie Mae’s Pit Barbecue (Wolfforth)

10. Truth Barbeque (Brenham)

On The Daily Meal’s list of the top barbecue joints in Texas, Snow’s was named sixth-best, Franklin Barbecue got the No. 3 spot, and Salt Lick took top honors. (East Coasters can check out Salt Lick in a couple of weeks at the Big Apple BBQ Block Party in New York City’s Madison Square Park.)

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