BBQ Road Trips (from Austin, TX)

Anything but the pits
Well, I’ve probably lost my Auburn readers, but for those who are still with me, 10 miles up the interstate from Salado is Belton, home of Schoepf’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que (Exit 294A). Ronnie Schoepf Jr. and his wife, Staci, bought the place in August 2007 from Ronnie’s parents and are deftly steering it toward 20 years of operation. In true pit-barbecue fashion often seen in West Texas, Schoepf’s cooks its meats over (mesquite) wood coals. The half chicken is delicious. The peppery pork ribs are fantastic. And don’t leave without dipping the cornbread into the tangy barbecue sauce. If you’re around anytime from April to mid-August, Schoepf’s Texas Music Series will give you a different taste of the Lone Star State, with popular Texas musicians like JB & the Moonshine Band, Randy Rogers Band, and Kyle Park taking the stage. Pit barbecue and Texas music on a hot summer night? Sign. Me. Up.

Schepf's Sausages
Scohepf’s Sausages


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