BBQ preference is individual to each person. I think the wide variety of Q available is what makes BBQ in this country so great. I happen to love KC BBQ. Taking the family there next week and had to make sure we stayed an extra day to eat at the different places we like so much. The three places we cannot miss are Bates, Oklahoma Joes, and Jack's stack in that order. I have a friend who lives in KC and he scouts out new places for us to try. So we will try at least one new place this trip.
I have visited Texas a couple of times - my brother lives in Austin. Next time I am there I do plan to try some of the small town Q places. The BBQ & steak I did try was good, but not incredible. Growing up in the midwest on corn feed beef really slants your perspective on what beef should taste like.