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Central Texas BBQ Dynasties

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.

The Blacks are next on the list. They officially started Black’s Barbecue in 1932.

The 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.

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  1. Thanks for the mention. Glad you could make it down to Lockhart. One thing though, Black’s was opened in 1932, not 1949.
    Have a great day!

    Comment by Barrett Black — April 28, 2010 @ 9:29 pm

  2. I will change that immediately!

    Comment by Kevin — May 1, 2010 @ 9:26 am

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