Barbecuing in Central Texas


You may or may not have heard, but May is National Barbecue Month; and rightly so, as May is one of the best months of the year for enjoying the great outdoors and cooking outside. AAAAND we live in one of the best places for enjoying the food genre. In fact, Texas Monthly recently released their list of the Top 50 BBQ restaurants in Texas, and guess what? Nine on the list are located around Kyle – in Austin, San Marcos, Lockhart and Luling. So, whether you want to cook it yourself, or if you prefer a professional to do it, there’s lots of BBQing to go around in Central Texas.

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The all-time favorite Texas BBQ place on Texas Monthly’s list was Franklin Barbecue in Austin. The famous restaurant is notorious for its long waits and for selling out of food every day at noon, but it is one of the most highly-regarded barbecue spots in the country. Other Texas Monthly favorites include four others in Austin, Black’s Barbecue and Kruez Market in Lockhart, City Market in Luling and Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering in San Marcos. But that’s just the official list – there are many more to be enjoyed. And Texas Monthly doesn’t know everything!

The City of Lockhart – located less than 30 minutes away from Kyle – is the official Barbecue Capital of Texas, as pronounced by the Texas Legislature in both 1999 and 2003. (Now that’s official!) They have four BBQ restaurants in town, with an estimated 5,000 people visiting their restaurants each week.

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For those of you who prefer to do your own grilling, or have big plans for Memorial Day this weekend, Delish.com has great resources for your grilling experience, from safety tips and tricks, to main dish recipes and marinades, to expert grilling tips no one ever teaches you. Men’s Health has a BBQ Center as well, complete with an “8-week BBQ Master Class” that promises to make you “the best grill man on the block.”

Even though it’s the end of May and the official National BBQ Month is winding down, summer is on its heels, giving you plenty of time to stretch those grilling muscles.

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Farmers’ Markets A-Plenty


Spring is in full swing in Central Texas and residents are rejoicing by getting outside, gardening and seeking out local markets. Farmers’ markets dot our Hill Country landscape and Plum Creek residents are perfectly situated to take advantage of this feast of riches.

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Several markets in Buda, Austin and Dripping Springs lie just north of Kyle’s city limits. The Buda Farmers’ Market takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Main Street, in the parking lot of City Hall. Drive a few more minutes north and you’ll find yourself with even more options. The SFC and Hope Farmers’ Markets cater to different areas of Austin, yet all provide locally sourced produce, artisan crafts and live music. SFC markets offer Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday market days north, south, east and west of central Austin. Hope has two east side markets open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. Just a bit west of Austin, Dripping Springs hosts a Thursday market from 3 to 6 p.m. Local bakers, ranchers, farmers, chefs and craftsmen provide visitors a chance to sample their wares and enjoy a bit of the western Hill Country scenery.

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Shifting the focus to the east of Kyle, the Bastrop 1832 Farmers’ Market is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Tuesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. This market functions as a business, with a legislative board, a target market and a charitable arm that donates to local nonprofits. Customers are even polled to gauge their experiences and to find areas that could use improvement. For a full experience that extends beyond the normal market, head to Bastrop to find a seamless operation. On the way back home, stop at the Lockhart Main Street Farmers’ Market, open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Along with browsing the fresh produce, baked goods and preserves, visitors can shop artisan crafts and enjoy live music.

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Traveling south, people in search of locally-sourced produce and goods can find and abundance in San Marcos and Wimberley. The San Marcos Farmers’ Market hosts a Saturday and Tuesday market in two San Marcos locations. Every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors can head to San Antonio St. for fresh vegetables, fruit, baked goods and more. Tuesdays, the market is located on Edward Gary St. from 3 to 6 p.m.

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If a smaller town experience is preferred, simply head west on Rand Road 12 out of San Marcos until it hits Mill Race Lane in Wimberley, Texas.  The Wimberley Farmers’ Market is open every Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. and is a strictly produce-only market, so be ready to stock up on fruits and vegetables.

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For residents who prefer to keep their money local, Kyle has a market closer to home. Just a few minutes north of Kyle, residents can head to the 150 Market located at Michaelis Ranch on FM 150 for a unique farmers’ market that rotates wares. The first Saturday of the month is dedicated to local artists and craftsman while the other Saturdays feature purveyors of fresh produce, garden plants and other foods.

Gather the reusable bags and containers, make sure you’ve got plenty of cash and fill up the tank for a fun farmers’ market road trip, near or far.

Lockhart: The Barbecue Capital of Texas


There are four BBQ restaurants in Lockhart and about 5,000 people visit their establishments each week. This would be roughly 250,000 people a year who eat BBQ in Lockhart. Not bad for a town of 16,000.

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