some surprises on Texas Monthly list of 50 best barbecue joints

The queen of Texas barbecue has returned to her throne. Snow’s BBQ in Lexington has vaulted over Austin’s acclaimed Franklin Barbecue as the state’s best barbecue joint.

At least according to Texas Monthly, which ranked the state’s 50 best barbecue joints for the first time since 2013. Rather than listing a top four, this year’s list ranks the state’s 10 best, then shows the remaining restaurants alphabetically by city. Snow’s, led by pitmasters Tootsie Tomanetz, 82, and Kerry Bexley returns to the top spot it first claimed in 2008. Franklin slips to second, followed by Dallas’ Cattleack Barbeque, Bodacious Barbecue in Longview, and Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor.

The Houston area takes spots six and seven on the top 10, thanks to Tomball’s Tejas Chocolate Craftory and Spring’s CorkScrew BBQ. Austin scores a second slot in the top 10 courtesy of Micklethwait Craft Meats. Evie Mae’s Pit Barbecue in Wolfforth lands at No. 9, followed by Brenham’s Truth BBQ.