Austin is an ideal place for food enthusiasts, and when it comes to barbecue, the city reigns supreme. With a rich tradition of slow-smoked meats, tantalizing flavors, and a dash of Texan hospitality, Austin's BBQ scene is an experience not to be missed. Here are a few of our picks for the best BBQ joints in the city.
Franklin Barbecue: A BBQ Pilgrimage Worth Every Minute
Located on East 11th Street, Franklin Barbecue stands as an iconic destination for meat lovers. Under the expertise of pitmaster Aaron Franklin, this James Beard Award-winning establishment has perfected the art of smoked meats. Brace yourself for long lines, but trust us, it’ll be worth the wait. The melt-in-your-mouth brisket, perfectly seasoned ribs, and succulent sausages will transport you to BBQ nirvana.
La Barbecue: Brisket Bliss and Homestyle Charm
Nestled on East Cesar Chavez Street, La Barbecue offers an authentic BBQ experience with a touch of Southern hospitality. This foodie favorite serves up some of the most tender and flavorful brisket in town, complemented by delectable sides like spicy pickles and tangy coleslaw. With a more relaxed atmosphere and shorter lines than its counterparts, La Barbecue is a must-visit for BBQ connoisseurs.
Housed in a food trailer turned brick-and-mortar joint on Rosewood Avenue, Micklethwait Craft Meats is a haven for those seeking inventive flavors and exceptional quality. Their diverse menu includes smoked meats like brisket, ribs, and house-made sausages, all crafted with care and passion. Don't forget to try their sumptuous sides, such as jalapeño cheese grits or smoked beet salad. With a laid-back outdoor seating area, Micklethwait offers a relaxed atmosphere to savor their mouthwatering creations.
For a taste of BBQ tradition rooted in family history, Terry Black's Barbecue on Barton Springs Road is the place to be. The Black family's expertise shines through their perfectly smoked meats, from brisket to turkey and sausage. The spacious dining area and friendly staff create a welcoming environment, making it an excellent spot to gather with friends and enjoy a true Texas BBQ feast.
Smokey J's Barbeque: An Old-Time Favorite
Located in Lakeway, Smokey J’s is an old time Texas barbecue favorite. They offer window service, picnic tables, and a smoking pit out back. Meat is available by the sandwich, the plate, or the pound. The establishment is BYOB.
Loro: Texas Barbeque + Far East Flavors
Located on South Lamar, Loro blends the flavors of Asian cuisine with the techniques and traditions of Texas barbecue. Loro offers a unique and innovative dining experience, combining Asian-inspired fusion dishes with smoked meats in a casual, vibrant setting. The restaurant features a spacious indoor dining area as well as a large outdoor patio with ample seating.
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