Over the past few years, the quality and popularity of BBQ in Central Texas have reached new heights. There are more BBQ joints in and around Austin than ever, and there are certainly more great joints than ever. Bottom line: quantity and quality are at record highs. The region’s rising population and the addition of a crop of talented, craft purveyors of smoked meat are among the reasons the public’s interest in Central Texas BBQ is at a fever pitch. The Austin metro area has become a sort of BBQ mecca, if you will. Forget milk and honey, folks: Here, it’s all about the meat. The offerings can seem overwhelming, so here is a sample of what our BBQ promised land has to offer.