Hey ya’ll! How does “serious small-town, finger lickin’ barbeque without the hour-long lines and big city prices” sound to you? Read on to get your fill of hot, juicy ribs, tender, smoked brisket and other down home delicacies in a place you’ll sure enjoy. Some pretty sweet ‘que and some pretty sweet picnic spots are right here in Fayette County. Yep.

Meat, get sauced and dive in for more.

The Back Porch BBQ is an award-winning haunt located on N. Jefferson in La Grange. Can you say twice-baked potato salad, pulled pork tacos and outdoor seating? As owners Derrick and Korin Burnett explain, it’s “a place to meat and get sauced!” We totally agree. Also, their hours are really convenient. ‪Check out their Frickles!

Prause’s Meat Market is a good old-fashioned pit barbeque that’s right on the square in La Grange on W. Travis. We can tell you that their barbeque pork and brisket is some of the best in the area. And we’re not the only ones. Check out #16 on Wide Open Country’s 18 Texas Barbecue Joints You Need to Try Before You DieAnd heads up: Their devoted followers for lunch know that once the ‘que is gone, it’s gone. They close at 2:00 p.m. Then there’s so much to do in the squareafter you chow down. At the end of the day, you can chill at the Brendan Manor Bed and Breakfast a few minutes away on E. Travis.  Or, you can dive in for more at dinner.

Jewel-studded boots, more ‘que and a picnic on the water.

Also in La Grange, right off of Hwy 77 is Legal Tender Brisket & Brew offering smoky ribs, tangy slaw and ice cold beer. Some say it’s how barbeque is supposed to be. City Market in Schulenburg is a family-run business that also serves traditional pit barbeque and it’s only 17 miles from La Grange.

You can’t get beer from City Market or Prause’s but don’t let that stop you. You can always pick up a six pack to go with that smokin’ chopped beef and head to any of our parks while the weather isn’t too hot—yet: White Rock Park in La Grange is a day park with picnic tables. Park Prairie Park at Lake Fayette has campsites and picnic tables and it’s right on the lake. At Plum Park on the Colorado, you can put in a canoe and enjoy a picnic right on the river between Smithville and La Grange, all for a $5.00 fee per car.

Joel’s in Flatonia is a little place with a lot to offer. It’s right off I10 at FM 609 and it’s worth pulling over for. Savor every bite of your overstuffed sliced link sandwich and perfect potato salad on the screened in porch. Then work it off with a short walk next door to the Rhinestone Angel. We know many women that have done some serious damage in that store – in a good way.

They tell us they even have fidget spinners. Yep.


Fayette County isn’t just a place to stop on your way to somewhere else. It’s a place to stay and savor and a place to come back to as often as you can. From sweet, smoky mesquite barbeque to scenic lake overviews and small stores with jeweled boots, whoo-wee we have a lot to offer.

As always, we invite you to join us for any or all of it. Check out events in June right here.

Once you get here, you’ll get it.

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