When you say the word Barbecue, many immediately think of Texas. However, if you look at the history of Texan civilization, good old Texan Barbecue does not have the origin that you think it does. The two cultures of German and Czech played a large role in the origination of Barbecue. Now you are probably thinking that bratwurst and sauerkraut are not the foods that make up Barbecue, but there is a big possibility that these two cultures played a very large role is giving Texas Barbecue its flavor.
In the late 1800s German and Czech settlers starting migrating to the new world in search of a new place to live. When they ended up in Texas, they brought their culinary expertise with them. Their vast experience making sausages and smoking meats were the pinnacle of getting them hired as cooks on the cattle trails. These immigrants were hired as cooks on the Texan cattle trail. There was a lack of fresh food and the harsh conditions and rough Texan terrain there was little to eat. The immigrant cooks used the old world tradition of slow cooking worthless meat, such as Brisket, until it was tender enough to eat. It was this type of cooking that became known as good ol Texas Barbecue and became the staple of the cowboys diet. In the older times, the cooking was done over a fire in a dutch oven and thus the invention of. Today, you will find most good Texas Barbecue done over some type of smoker.
On your visit to Central Texas all over the Texas Hill Country, from Austin to San Antonio, you will encounter Barbecue joints in just about every small town. Not all Barbecue establishments are created equal so it is important to make sure that you be distinctive about which joint you are going to visit. When choosing a place to enjoy in the Texan Barbecue tradition you want to make sure that you look for some of the master pit bosses that have been around for generations and generations. Getting your first taste of Texan Barbecue through a master pit boss will ensure that you will get the cream of the crop in taste and tradition.
To satisfy your hankering for the flavor of good Texan Barbecue you will want to travel through the Texan Gateway of Austin and San Antonio into the Texas Hill Country. This is where you will find some of the best, mouthwatering barbecue that will ever taste. If you are a Texas Barbecue first timer, then you will most definitely want to visit the First Family of Texas Barbecue: Rudy Mikeskas Bar B Q. This family run establishment located in Taylor, Texas, and has been around since the 1900s. You will not be disappointed by the tantalizing taste and presentation of their Barbecue! It is like stepping back in time leaving you wondering where to rope off your horse while your taste buds take a Texan vacation. Taylor also has another authentic barbecue joint called Louie Mueller Barbecue. From the simple setting to getting your food served on a piece of white butcher paper, this is another joint that will give you great tasting food.
Heading north to Llano, Texas you will find Coopers Old Time Pit Bar B Q. They cook their meats the old fashion way over a hot coal pit. This is the old fashion cowboy way of cooking barbecue. This will give you an absolutely wonderful flavor to the meat unlike anything you have ever had before.
If you are looking for the Barbecue capitol of Texas then look no further than Lockhart. There are Barbecue joints at every turn. But to get that finger licking good barbecue, you will need to head on over to Kreuz Market or Blacks Barbecue. People who have eaten at Kreuz Market continue to come back over and over again. This is an establishment that only serves barbecue meats so come hungry! You should also try one of the oldest Barbecue places Blacks Barbecue. Established in 1932, they have even served President Lyndon Johnson sending their Barbecue all the way to Washington D.C. to satisfy his taste for Texan Barbecue. If you love sausage, then Blacks is the place to get some of the best ones you will ever taste.
The next time you have a hankering for some good Barbecue, hop in the car, jump on a plane and head over to the Texan Hill Country. There are tons of authentic barbecue places that will allow you to get your real Texan Barbecue fix. Your taste buds will definitely thank you for making the trip once you bite into that wonderfully smoky taste of good old Texan Barbeque.