Perhaps it was one too many negative comments about the high price of brisket. Or maybe it a recent online spat with John Mueller of Austin's John Mueller Meat. Whatever the reason, pitmaster and owner Ronnie Killen of Killen's Barbecue wants everyone to know his barbecue isn't as expensive as many believe it to be. When compared to other places in Texas well-known for their smoked meats, he thinks 'cue lovers are getting a bargain.
Yesterday afternoon, Killen shared the following post to Facebook:
Researching online prices from competitors: Franklin Barbecue (Austin), La Barbecue (Austin), Central Texas Barbecue (Pearland) and Pecan Lodge (Dallas), Killen's prices were lower than most, but not significantly. The cost of Killen's brisket per pound is $16, whereas Franklin's $19. Central Texas Barbecue has the most expensive ribs of the bunch at $18.95 a pound but Killen's sells it by the pound for $14. When it comes to turkey and sausage Central Texas Barbecue and Pecan Lodge were priced the lowest respectively.
This isn't by any means a definitive list but it's interesting nevertheless. In a state where barbecue is king, there are many hidden gems to be found that are likely much better (and cheaper) than the widely publicized few. Until those undiscovered treasures are located, the next time someone says Killen's Barbecue is too expensive, tell them Ronnie Killen says it's not true.
Do you think Killen's is expensive or overrated? Know of a barbecue restaurant that's worthy of praise? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.