The author's picks:

Louie Mueller

206 W. 2 St., Taylor, Texas

512-352-6206

www.louiemuellerbarbecue.com

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

6610 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin

512-380-9199

www.stilesswitchbbq.com

La Barbecue

1906 E. Cesar Chavez St., Austin

512-605-9696

www.labarbecue.com

Smitty's Market

208 S. Commerce St., Lockhart, Texas

512-398-9344

www.smittysmarket.com

Other notable barbecue restaurants in and around Austin:

The Salt Lick

18300 Farm to Market Road 1826, Driftwood

512-858-4959

www.saltlickbbq.com

Franklin Barbecue

900 E. 11th St., Austin

512-653-1187

www.franklinbarbecue.com

Micklethwait Craft Meats

1309 Rosewood Ave., Austin

512-791-5961

www.craftmeatsaustin.com

Kreuz Market

619 N. Colorado St., Lockhart, Texas

512-398-2361

www.kreuzmarket.com

Black's Barbecue

215 N. Main St., Lockhart, Texas

512-398-2712

www.blacksbbq.com

Southside Market & Barbecue

1212 Hwy. 290 E., Elgin, Texas

512-281-4650

www.southsidemarket.com

Luling City Market

633 E. Davis St., Luling, Texas

830-875-9019

www.facebook.com/pages/City-Market-BBQ/129665193756839

Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

604 W. Young St., Llano, Texas

325-247-5713

www.coopersbbqllano.com