The new list was published in June, just 4 years since the last one. There have been a lot of changes. Franklin's is displaced at the top by Snow's of Lexington. The fame and acclaim or Aaron Franklin has attracted a lot of new competition and old line places are trying to up their game. There are a number of places on the list that didn't even exist 4 years ago. One in Houston, Pinkerton's, only opened last December.
Four years ago only the top 4 were ranked, all the rest were given scores (ranging from 4 to 5 on a scale of 5). This year the top 10 are ranked, the rest just given the scores.
Pecan Lodge, Dallas, was ranked in the top 4 last time, doesn't make the top 10 this time but is still on the list. Louie Mueller, also in the top 4 last time, drops one slot.
There used to be a link to a separate published list of the Top 10 but it doesn't work anymore. I'll list them below but here's the whole list, alphabetically by city. The top 10 have stylized numbers accompanying their write-ups.
To find all the places in a metropolitan area you have to look under the names of the suburban towns. In the Houston area, for instance, that includes Pearland, Spring and Tomball.
The Top 10 as ranked:
1 - Snow's - Lexington (Austin area)
2 - Franklin - Austin
3 - Cattleack - Dallas
4 - Bodacious - Longview
5 - Louie Mueller - Taylor (Austin area)
6 - Tejas Chocolate Craftory and BBQ - Tomball (Houston area)
7 - Corkscrew - Spring (Houston area)
8 - Micklethwait - Austin
9 - Evie Mae's - Wolfforth (Lubbock area)
10 - Truth - Brenham (it's been announced Truth will open a branch ITL in Houston by the end of 2017)