Photos and Audio: Good Food’s Central Texas BBQ Crawl

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We left Austin at 8am and spent 10 hours on the road driving to Lexington, Lockhart and Luling. Pulitzer Prize winning food critic Jonathan Gold was our guide.

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Tootsie Tomanetz is the pitmaster at Snow’s BBQ in Lexington. In 2008 Texas Monthly voted it the best barbeue in Texas.
The spread at Snow's BBQ.
The spread at Snow’s BBQ.

Smitty’s Market in Lockhart:

At Smitty's Market in Lockhart you stand by open pits while you wait in line.
At Smitty’s Market in Lockhart you stand by open pits while you wait in line.
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Jonathan Gold describes Smitty’s Market as the Cathedral of BBQ.
The damage at Smitty’s.

City Market in Luling:

Even the walls are charred at City Market in Luling.
Even the walls are charred at City Market in Luling.
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While Big Red is the authentic beverage of choice in Luling, we all agreed it tastes truly terrible.
We were some of the last in line to get BBQ at City Market. The 100 people in line behind us were disappointed when this sign went up.
We were some of the last in line to get BBQ at City Market. The 100 people in line behind us were disappointed when this sign went up.