I’m a sucker for dynasties. You’ve got to have real respect for groups (or teams) that can keep success going for year after year. Having grown up in Los Angeles, I had the Lakers, but as I grew older, I became more interested in culinary dynasties, more specifically, BBQ dynasties.
It was perfect timing that I stumbled upon this article in the
Austin Chronicle on the family dynasties of Central Texas.
First up is the
Meyer’s. This fourth generation operation started in 1949 and run the Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse.
Next up are the
Coopers. Starting out in 1954, Cooper’s Pit Bar-B-Q has four locations.
The third dynasty family is the
Inmans. Not only are they famous for their BBQ at Inman’s Ranch House Barbecue, but they are equally well known for their turkey sausage.
Fourth on the list are the
Bracewells. They’ve owned the Southside Market & Barbecuesince 1968.
Moving along the list are the
Muellers. Their BBQ journey began in 1936. Louie Mueller has his joint and John Mueller is opening his new joint shortly. You can follow him on twitter here.
Blacks are next on the list. They officially started Black’s Barbecue in 1932.
Schmidts have a long history in Lockhart. Their father was a legend, but now the siblings own two stellar joints: Smitty’s Market and Kreuz Market.
Last, but of course not least, on their list is the
Mikeskas. They are dubbed the ‘first family of texas barbecue’. They span over three generations and own or owned a number of joints. There is still currently Clem Mikeska’s Bar-B-Q, Mikeska’s BBQ and Catering, and Jerry Mikeska’s Bar-B-Q.