How far is too far to go for great barbecue? Well, people come to Texas from all over the world to eat it, so it's possible there's no such thing as "too far." That said, "an hour or two, tops" seems like a reasonable cutoff. Now, admittedly, Austin's already full of amazing smoked meats, but variety is the spice of life, and nothing quite replicates that rush you get experiencing a top-notch BBQ joint for the first time. With that in mind, these 11 'cue institutions are all within a thoroughly manageable driving distance from Austin. If you haven't been yet, remedy that.
Black’s Barbecue Lockhart
Yes, there are now locations in Austin and San Marcos, but nothing quite beats the original Black’s Barbecue in Lockhart. The cafeteria-style sides that you can pile absurdly high compliment the deliciously post oak-smoked meats that have made Black's so popular. If you manage to save room for dessert, it's possible you haven't had enough meat, but take solace in the fact that you're about to have some life-changing cobbler. Better yet, stuff your face and take the cobbler to-go!