BTW, we am going to be in Houston next weekend. We will definitely be trying Virgie's and Gatlin's. Anyone ever been?
Sorry I didn't see this sooner. I have been to Gatlin's and enjoyed every delicious bite. They are, however, a place that routinely runs out of things. On my visit, I believe they did not have pork ribs, but....you know...I was just glad that they were open!
I am far more upset that they did not include Southside Market
in their Top 50 than their exclusion of Smitty's
. I have always liked Kreutz better than Smitty's anyway, but the reality is that there is better barbecue being smoked elsewhere. The fact that Austin has so many good purveyors of smoked meat now, which was not the case even five years ago, is telling (to some level) of the demise of Lockhart as the BBQ Mecca. Who needs to drive to Lockhart when you have Franklin, John Mueller, Mickelthwait, and Stiles Switch nearby, without the drive?
I have been following Daniel Vaughn on Twitter for some time now, and his recommendations are as reliable as the Sterns, in my book. I am baffled, however, by his love affair with Lockhart Smokehouse in Dallas. I have been to the place three times and only once did I find the 'que there to be exceptional. I fear that their inclusion is more about representing a city the size of Dallas with more than one part-time barbecue shack located in the farmer's market.