Of the barbecue restaurants in Texas that do serve dessert, and there are plenty these days, you’ll consistently find certain dessert dishes offered. Banana pudding is one, as is pecan pie and cobbler of assorted flavors is another, especially peach and blackberry or dewberry. The Pecan Belt of Texas roughly corresponds to the arc of the Barbecue Belt, with huge pecan trees covering any river-bottom land, and roadside pecan stands are everywhere in the late fall when the delicious nuts ripen. The area around Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country, about 1 hour west-northwest of Austin, is known nationally for their incredible peach orchards and the sweet fruit they produce from late spring to late summer. Just outside Austin to the east are many pick-your-own blackberry farms, and dewberries grow wild all over the area.
Any of the warm cobblers or the pecan pie would naturally be topped-off with a scoop of Blue Belle Homemade Vanilla ice cream made at their creamery down the highway from Austin, in Brenham, Texas. Blue Belle is so good that LBJ used to send Air Force One down to stock up the freezers of the White House.