Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que, Best of the Best
(Round Rock, Texas)
A visit to Cooper's BBQ is a worth-while trip. The first thing you will notice as you drive in, is the smoke from the five steel BBQ pits out front. Then the smell of mesquite smoke hits you, blended with beef, pork and chicken. Even if you're not hungry, it makes you want to just drive by a few more times so you can smell it one last time.
To order, you will browse the pit closest to the door and tell the pitmaster what you want. Then stand back and watch him slice it for you on the spot. Pick from brisket, sausage, ribs, chicken and more.
The cowboy style of BBQ done here at Cooper's means that they cook it directly over the coals. It's kept about two feet above the mesquite coals, so it's not quite grilling. Brisket takes about 5 hours and ribs about an hour and a half.
Add to all this a thin, vinegar-and-ketchup-based BBQ sauce that is peppery without being too hot, and you've got a great combination. And don't forget the self-serve drink refills, beans, bread, Jalapeños, and onions that come with every meal.
Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que
505 W Dallas St.
is considered to be the best of the best in the BBQ business. The award winner has been featured in Texas Monthly magazine.
Give it a try. You'll be glad you did. It must be pretty good. It's President George W. Bush's favorite BBQ.
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