Plantation Barbecue 514 Highway 90A, Richmond (281/617-8600) Some of the tastiest Tex-Mex-style barbecue around Houston—beef brisket and scrambled egg tacos; smoked chicken breast with pico de gallo—is served by the Garcia family out of their take-out trailer.
Martin’s Barbecue 3404 South College Avenue, Bryan (979/822-2031) This gas station turned barbecue joint has a loyal following for its pit-smoked brisket and pork ribs.
Smitty’s Market 208 South Commerce Street, Lockhart (512/398-9344; smittysmarket.com__) This central Texas landmark is beloved for its superlative prime rib, brisket, pork ribs, and ring sausages.
Taylor Cafe 101 North Main Street, Taylor (512/352-8475) Vencil Mares’ barbecue joint doubles as a community center for locals. Don’t miss his super-seasoned sausage and smoky brisket.