When it comes to dining in Austin, you can’t leave town without trying some true Texas barbecue. Whether you like your ribs and brisket done old-school-style or with a modern twist, you’re sure to find your new favorite among these sizzling barbecue hot spots. Looking for a barbecue near you? Jump ahead to our Best Barbecue Map and create your own barbecue-tasting tour! 

three men sit around a platter of BBQ and sides at Franklin Barbecue in Austin TexasFranklin Barbecue. Credit Wyatt McSpadden.

Franklin Barbecue

Sink your teeth into the ultra-tender brisket crafted by James Beard Award-winning pitmaster Aaron Franklin. Bon Appétit magazine and loyal locals call Franklin Barbecue the best of the best. Order online for pickup (minimum order of five pounds of meat).

Distant Relatives

Named by Eater as one of the 11 Best New Restaurants in America, Distant Relatives food truck raises the bar on the barbecue. Pitmaster Damien Brockway looks to his African ancestry for unique ingredients to sauce his meats, such as tamarind molasses and chile-vinegar dip, and cooks up sides like burnt ends with black-eyed peas. Distant Relatives is parked at Meanwhile Brewing Co.

Sam’s Bar-B-Que

The family-run Sam’s is an old-school barbecue joint that’s been open in East Austin since 1957. This no-frills spot is known for its fall-off-the-bone ribs and tender brisket that are cooked over an indoor brick pit. Order traditional sides like baked beans or potato salad.


This Asian smokehouse with a casual backyard barbecue vibe is located on hot South Lamar. Headed up by noted Austin pitmaster Aaron Franklin (of Franklin Barbecue) and Chef Tyson Cole (of Uchi fame), the James Beard Award-winning duo turns out traditional favorites with a twist, like smoked beef brisket flavored with Thai herbs and oak-smoked salmon in cucumber-yuzu broth. Loro's unique sides include coconut-scented rice with lemongrass.

Person in Leroy and Lewis merch holding plate of barbecue and sides
Courtesy of LeRoy and Lewis.

LeRoy and Lewis

This food truck located at Cosmic Coffee + Beer Garden offers a creative take on barbecue, using seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and ranches. They just opened their first brick-and-mortar location in South Austin, with plenty of room to bring your whole crew. Meats are sliced to order and served by the pound (try the decadent sliced beef cheeks, only served on Friday). Playful desserts at LeRoy and Lewis include the cheddar cheesecake made with a Ritz cracker crust.

Brown’s Bar-B-Que

Who says you need to have a sit-down restaurant to serve up swoon-worthy food? Walk up to this barbecue trailer outside Corner Bar on South Lamar to put in your order, and leave with a plate piled high with some of the best ‘cue around succulent pulled pork, smoked chicken, juicy ribs, and perfectly charred brisket. And don’t even get us started on Brown's sauce-slathered brisket-and-sausage sandwich. 


Shake up your barbecue food tour with a visit to KG BBQ and experience Texas-style barbecue with an Egyptian and Middle Eastern twist. Try the classic brisket or something with a bit more Egyptian influence, like the smoked lamb chops and glazed pork ribs dry-rubbed with Egyptian spices. Owner and pitmaster, Kareem El-Ghayesh's unique offering has not gone unnoticed—his delicious fusion barbecue earned him a spot as a James Beard Semifinalist in 2023.

Flat lay image of a tray of barbecue including brisket, ribs, sausage and more from InterStellar BBQ.
Courtesy of InterStellar BBQ.

InterStellar BBQ

InterStellar BBQ takes pride in using high-quality ingredients, sourcing the best post oak wood for its BBQ and slowly cooking one batch at a time. Sample the house-made, all-beef Kielbasa (available by the link) or the peach tea-glazed pork belly. Outstanding sides include the smoked scalloped potatoes and the fresh tomato zucchini salad.

Terry Black’s Barbecue

Legendary barbecue runs in the Black family, who passed down their smoky, saucy secrets from one generation to the next. Get a taste of the family tradition at their Austin hot spot near Butler Park, where all kinds of meats—tender brisket, peppered pork ribs, smoked turkey, and juicy sausage—are paired with classic sides like creamy mac ‘n cheese, cream corn and baked potato salad.

Rollin Smoke

This modest food truck turns out impressive flavors from its barbecue smoker that’s affectionately named Crystal Gayle. Rollin Smoke is known for its pulled pork sandwiches, handmade jalapenõ-cheddar pork sausage, and dino-sized pork ribs. But don’t miss out on the brisket taco or the four-cheese mac and cheese, smoked on the pit.

Iron Works Barbecue platter with Lone Star Beer
Iron Works Barbecue. Credit Lisa Hause.

Iron Works Barbecue

Originally an ironworks shop, this tiny tin building (a state historic site) was transformed into a barbecue haven in 1978. Iron Works' plates come loaded with famous Texas sliced beef, ribs, and more, while the mouthwatering sandwich menu spans smoked turkey 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, pickles, onion, bread, and barbecue sauce.

Black’s BBQ

The Original Black’s BBQ in Lockhart 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: are pork spare ribs, chopped beef brisket, turkey breast, pulled pork, and Black’s famous homemade sausage, crafted from an 80-year-old recipe.

Moreno Barbecue

Located in deep South Austin in a modest, unassuming shop, Moreno Barbecue is a hidden gem among Austin's big-name barbecue greats. Enjoy a classic barbecue plate with a hearty serving of smoked brisket and turkey, or try the mouthwatering meats wrapped in a homestyle flour tortilla, like the pork belly taco with a side of Mexican rice.

Barbecue and Lone Star Beer at Stiles Switch BBQ
Stiles Switch BBQ & Beer. Credit Brian Fitzsimmons.

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

Situated in the Art Deco-style 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 and try the brisket with classic sides such as potato salad, corn casserole, and peach cobbler while taking in the nostalgic ambiance.

The County Line

Boasting two Austin locations—County Line On The Lake and County Line On The Hill—this Texas institution is dedicated to high-quality smoked ribs, brisket, sausage, and chicken served with traditional sides of coleslaw, potato salad, and beans. The County Line is all about large portions and reasonable prices.

Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

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.

Overhead view of a platter of bbq meats and sides like beans, slaw, grits and potato saladMicklethwait Barbecue. Credit Nicolai McCrary.

Micklethwait Craft Meats

Yes, this quaint food trailer in East Austin has all the classic mainstays: brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and such. But it takes barbecue to another level with its specials—such as the brisket Frito pie with chili, cheddar, and escabeche—and its gourmet sides, including lemon-poppy seed coleslaw, chili beans and jalapeño cheese grits. If you still have room, don’t pass up on Micklethwait's decadent house-made desserts (we’re talking banana cream pie).

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

Lamberts' menu spins modern interpretations of Texas cuisine. The smell-it-before-you-see-it bar, restaurant, and live music venue serve up barbecue-like country-style pork ribs with a jalapeño, maple, and vinegar mop, along with wood-grilled steaks, chops, and seafood. Side yours with the cashew-lime coleslaw or collard greens.

Slab BBQ & Beer

Known for its barbecue sammiches, including the Notorious P.I.G. made with pulled pork and mustard slaw, Slab breaks from traditional Texas barbecue, bringing in the flavors of Memphis, Alabama, and the Carolinas. Must-try sides include the smoked gouda-cheddar mac and the twice-baked potato casserole.

Photo of man's hands holding a brisket sandwich towards the camera at La BarbecueLa Barbecue. Credit Jessica Serna, My Curly Adventures.

la Barbecue

la Barbecue recently moved a few blocks up East Cesar Chavez Street to a new, larger location. But the pitmasters are still serving up world-class beef, pork, turkey, and sausage in a custom-fabricated smoker using local, perfectly seasoned post oak. Sample their El Sancho Loco sandwich (pulled pork and chopped brisket on top of house-made sausage with pickled red onions) and see why they rank among the upper echelons of the barbecue world.

Mum Foods

This local deli is serving up more than just sliced turkey and bologna. Mum Foods knows how to do smoked meats from brisket and pork spare ribs to pastrami. Their hot barbecue sandwiches are second to none, served up on a house-baked beef tallow brioche bun with pickles, onions, and barbecue sauce. 

House Park Bar-B-Que

*Temporarily closed due to a recent fire, but doing occasional pop-ups and accepting catering orders
Open since 1943, west Austin's House Park Bar-B-Que serves up all of the classics, like BBQ sandwiches and chopped beef by the pound. Step back in time when you walk through the doors of Austin's oldest barbecue pit, and enjoy a mixed plate of meats on the patio with their award-winning barbecue sauce and sides like baked beans and 'slaw.    

The Salt Lick barbecue staples with bowls of smoked meats beans potatoes cole slaw bread pickles and onions
The Salt Lick. Credit Kenny Braun.

Day Trip Idea: BBQ Hot Spots in Texas Hill Country

Austin might be the epicenter of all things barbecue, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t let you in on some hidden gems in nearby Hill Country. Take a jaunt over to Kreuz Market in Lockhart, a town officially known as the Barbecue Capital of Texas; City Market in Luling; The Switch in Dripping Springs for a Cajun dish with a side of small-town charm; the iconic Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood for a taste of authentic Texas barbecue; or the no-frills Opie’s Barbecue in Spicewood, where you can pick your meat right from the smoke pit.

Craving more? Check out our complete list of Austin restaurants.