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Austin reigns as smoked-meat capital: Central Texas cleans up in Texas Monthly list of best barbecue restaurants....

Posted by Michael Laibovitz on Monday, May 22nd, 2017 at 9:12pm.

In Texas, talking barbecue is a cherished pastime — and it's a big business — so the latest accounting of the state's most-talented pitmasters released Monday by Texas Monthly should give fans of smoked meat something to chew on.

Aaron Franklin's east-side eatery was bumped out of the top spot, although it didn't fall far, and overall the capital city was highly lauded. A record seven Austin restaurants made the cut — up from five the last time Texas Monthly compiled the list in 2014, and the most of any city in the state. Go here to see the complete rundown and begin making plans to visit them all.

The Austin restaurants included in the list, and their rank if they made the top 10:

More accolades flooded to restaurants on Austin's rural periphery, traditionally home to some of the best 'cue in the state, including overall No. 1 Snow's Barbecue in Lexington, about an hour east of downtown Austin. Others receiving praise were Payne’s Bar-B-Q Shak in Burnet, Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que in Llano, Kreuz Market in Lockhart, Hays Co. Bar-B-Que in San Marcos and Louie Mueller in Taylor, which was was named the fifth-best barbecue restaurant in the state.

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