7 Great Places to Eat BBQ in Austin

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.

Brisket from Black's BBQ Austin
Courtesy of Black's BBQ Austin.

Black’s BBQ

Originating from nearby town Lockhart, 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.

la Barbecue

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.

Barbecue and Lone Star Beer at Stiles Switch BBQ
Stiles Switch BBQ. Courtesy of Brian Fitzsimmons.

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

Situated in the art deco 1950s Violet Crown Shopping Center (you might recognize it from the 1990s film "Dazed and Confused"), Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew 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.

Iron Works Barbecue

Originally an iron work shop, this tiny tin building and now state historical site was transformed into a barbecue haven in 1978. Plates at Iron Works Barbecue 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.

Lamberts barbecue
Lamberts Barbecue. Courtesy of Casey Dunn.

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

The menu at Lamberts Downtown Barbecue 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.

The County Line

Boasting two Austin locations - The 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. 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 at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que 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.

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