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.

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Franklin BBQ platter

Franklin Barbecue, credit Eric Ellis.

Franklin Barbecue

*Offering curbside pickup with online pre-orders only
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 same-day pickup in Franklin Barbecue’s parking lot.

LeRoy and Lewis

*Offering curbside pickup with online pre-orders only
This food truck offers a creative take on barbecue, using seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and ranches. Meats are sliced to order and served by the pound (try the decadent sliced beef cheeks, only available Wednesday through Friday). Playful desserts at LeRoy and Lewis include the cheddar cheesecake made with a Ritz cracker crust.

Sam’s Bar-B-Que

*Open for dine-in or take out orders
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.

Char Siew Pork Shoulder from Loro with Beer
Char Siew Pork Shoulder from Loro. Credit Logan Crable.

Loro

*Open for dine-in or curbside pickup with online pre-orders 
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. Unique sides include garlic rice noodles and coconut rice.

Brown’s Bar-B-Que

*Open for walk-up orders
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 the sauce-slathered brisket-and-sausage sandwich.  

Texas Ranch BBQ

*Open for walk-up or call ahead orders
Step up to the trailer and order meats like lean brisket, spare ribs and sausage by the half-pound. Or opt for the Posse Pack and choose three pounds of meat with a pick of two pint-size sides, including cream corn, pinto beans (dotted with sausage and bacon) or white cheddar mac ‘n cheese. Side your meal with a Dr. Pepper or Topo Chico and you’re good to go!

Taco from Valentinas Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ. Credit Rose McIntyre.

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

*Offering curbside pickup with online orders only
Barbecue for breakfast? You betcha. Cruise up to this food trailer and start your day with The Real Deal Holyfield, a breakfast taco loaded with a fried egg, potatoes, refried beans, bacon and your choice of mesquite-smoked brisket or pulled pork. For lunch or dinner, take your pick from “Tex” sandwiches or “Mex” tacos — or just order juicy meats by the pound, from pulled chicken and pork to beef and pork ribs.

Terry Black’s Barbecue

*Open for dine-in or curbside pickup with online orders 
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

*Open for takeout 
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

*Open for dine-in or pickup with online orders 
Originally an ironworks shop, this tiny tin building (a state historic 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.

Black’s BBQ

*Open for dine-in or curbside pickup with online orders 
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: pork spare ribs, chopped beef brisket, turkey breast, pulled pork and Black’s famous homemade sausage, crafted from an 80-year-old recipe.

Whitfield’s

*Open for outdoor dining and takeout
This respected food truck is the master of all things barbecue, from brisket and ribs to pulled pork and sausages. Order your meat by the half-pound or try it on a sandwich or nestled in a taco. Be sure to sample the surprising offering of pickled foods, including strawberries and broccoli. Fun fact: owner and pitmaster Kasey Studdard is a former Longhorn and Houston Texans football player.

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

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

*Open for dine-in or curbside pickup with online orders 
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.

InterStellar BBQ

*Open for patio dining or online orders 
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 the peach tea-glazed pork belly. Outstanding sides include the smoked scalloped potatoes and the fresh tomato-zucchini salad.

The County Line

*Open for dine-in or curbside pickup with online orders 
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.

Exterior of Coopers Old Time Pit Barbecue in downtown Austin Texas

Cooper's. Credit Bruce Malone.

Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

*Open for dine-in or takeout with text-in orders
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.

Micklethwait Craft Meats

*Open for walk-up or online orders
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 the decadent house-made desserts (we’re talking banana cream pie).

Kerlin BBQ

*Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons, with email pre-orders available
Thrillist
named Kerlin among the best new BBQ joints in America, and the Austin Chronicle raves about their "transcendent brisket experience." If that's not enough of a draw, the seductive menu built on pork shoulder, beef hot links and prime Angus brisket should seal the deal. Kerlin also goes all out with sides like blue cheese coleslaw and jalapeño-dill potato salad. Don’t miss the brisket-and-cheddar kolaches, only sold on Sundays.

Lamberts Barbecue historic building in downtown austin texas
Lamberts. Credit Casey Dunn.

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

*Open for dine-in or curbside pickup with online orders 
Lamberts' menu spins modern interpretations of Texas cuisine. The smell-it-before-you-see-it bar, restaurant and live music venue serves 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

*Open for dine-in or takeout 
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.

J. Leonardi’s Barbecue

*Open for outdoor dining or takeout
Experience lovingly prepared Texas backyard barbecue at this food trailer that’s known for its mouthwatering baby back pork ribs. Also try the brisket Frito pie or The J. Leonardi: smoked sausage slices paired with crackers and cheese. Order sides that include the creamy, mustardy potato salad and smoked green cabbage.

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

la Barbecue

*Open for dine-in or takeout with online orders
la Barbecue recently moved a few blocks up East Cesar Chavez Street to a new, larger location that features live music. 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 sandwich (pulled pork or chopped brisket on top of house-made sausage with red onion slaw) and see why they rank among the upper echelons of the barbecue world.

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.    

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 (open for dine-in) in Lockhart, a town officially known as the Barbecue Capital of Texas; City Market in Luling (open for dine-in and takeout); The Switch in Dripping Springs  for a Cajun dish with a side of small-town charm (open for dine-in and curbside pickup); the iconic Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood for a taste of authentic Texas barbecue (open for dine-in); or the no-frills Opie’s Barbecue in Spicewood (open for dine-in), where you can pick your meat right from the smoke pit.

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