When I mentioned to a friend that I was headed to Austin, he told me that I absolutely have to go to Cooper’s and that the drive up to Llano is worth it. It’s a solid hour at best, but the roads are smooth and the views are pretty. And the barbecue reward at the end is worth it.
Because it was raining pretty hard, there was a very short wait and I was standing next to the pit looking at an array of meat. What did I want?
I ordered a half pound of brisket (which turned out to be three quarters) and two pork ribs. Placed on a tray, the next step is to take it inside where it’s carved into eating shape and you get your sides and then pay.
A number of benches neatly arranged for community seating. There’s pickles and white onion slices and big pots of beans and the requisite white bread. I’m on a keto eating thing, so no beans or bread, but the onions were a nice bite with the ‘cue.
How was the barbecue? It was excellent. The beef was medium moist and needed zero sauce. The ribs were meaty and not “fall off the bone.” Delicious, chewy and excellent.
There’s plenty of fixings for wrapping up your leftovers and that’s exactly what I did for a second dinner later in the day.
[Review 10154 overall, 1740 of 2018.]