We know you’ve all heard about Franklin Barbecue and their worth-the-wait line. But have you tried these local faves? When it comes to Texas barbecue, everyone seems to have their preferred pit master and brisket or rib go-to. We invite you to log some time, do the research and find your top ‘cue.
9 great places to eat BBQ in Austin:
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Uncle Billy Barton was an early Texas founder, settling the land around Austin’s darling Barton Springs Pool. Today, that plot is home to handcrafted brews, slow-smoked Texas barbecue and a beautiful outdoor patio. Stop in for weekend brunch provisions like the smokehouse omelet with jalapeno cheese sausage or smoked brisket hash. Be sure to try one of their award-winning beers.
la Barbecue masters cook world-class beef, pork, turkey and sausage in a custom fabricated smoker using local, perfectly seasoned post oak. Sample their El Sancho sandwich - pulled pork or chopped brisket on top of house made sausage with red onion slaw - and see why they're taking rank among the upper echelons of the barbecue world.
This laid-back lounge, beer garden and smokehouse is set in an Austin landmark building. Retro cocktails, strung lights, an antique bar and vintage decor complement the menu of smoked beets, pit chili, housemade pickles, horseradish potato salad, barbecue sammies and much more. Ask about the Whiskey of the Month.
Home of the world-famous "Big Chop” (a mesquite-grilled, two-inch-thick pork chop), this Hill Country original recently opened its Austin outpost, serving lunch and dinner cafeteria-style. Sit outside and savor the Texas institution’s brisket, chicken, sirloin, cabrito (goat) or turkey. Or go all-in and try the Wootan family’s lick-your-fingers pork chop.
The Original Lockhart, TX Black’s BBQ now has an Austin outpost, serving barbecue cooked fresh on the Lockhart pits and hand-delivered to Austin daily. Three generations stand behind the slow-smoked recipes, dating back to 1932. Among them: pork spare ribs, chopped beef brisket, turkey breast, pulled pork and Black’s famous homemade sausage, crafted from an 80-year-old recipe. Each ring is hand-stuffed and hand-tied then smoked to perfection.
Third-generation Texas meat master, John Mueller brings happy masses his world-famous brisket, ribs, pork shoulder and other smoked meats. Bonus: The host of the biggest backyard BBQ in Austin hands out beers to those waiting in long lines for his barbecue.
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Situated in the art deco 1950s Violet Crown Shopping Center (you might recognize it from the 1990s film "Dazed and Confused"), Stiles Switch is named after the historic 1800s I. & G. N. railroad stop. Sip Austin craft brews, try their beef chuck ribs with classic sides like potato salad, corn casserole and peach cobbler with Blue Bell ice cream, while taking in the nostalgic ambiance.
Originally an iron work shop, this tiny tin building and now state historical site was transformed into a barbecue haven in 1978. Plates come loaded with famous Texas sliced beef, ribs and more, while the mouthwatering sandwich menu spans smoked pork loin and pulled pork. Can’t decide? Order the sampler plate and dig into sliced beef, signature hot sausage and a beef rib served with potato salad, beans, pickle, onion, bread and barbecue sauce.
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Lamberts' menu spins modern interpretations on Texas cuisine. The smell it before you see it bar, restaurant and live-music-venue serves up fancy barbecue like cold smoked quail and bacon braised greens, along with wood grilled steaks, chops and seafood. Side yours with their green chili cheese grits or fried okra with spicy remoulade.
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