First things first — it’s hard to go wrong when picking a barbecue spot in Austin to get your fix of smoked meats, homey sides, and desserts just like your grandmother used to make. Regardless, here’s a list of 10 barbecue spots in the Texas capital to get you started on one very delicious journey.
The proof is in the name: Micklethwait Craft Meats has noteworthy meats on lock. Every menu item is prepared in-house, from the meat to the bread to the desserts and even the condiments. While the changing sausages are the most popular menu item, the idiosyncratic lemon-poppy seed coleslaw, pulled goat, brisket Frito chili pie and jalapeño cheese grits are also amazing and unique finds.
What is better than barbecue? A trailer that hosts one-of-a-kind dishes where Tex-Mex and barbecue seamlessly and deliciously collide. Valentina’s has the best of both worlds and has the long lines to prove it. It will soon open its first brick-and-mortar spot, but will still offer the same favorites as it currently does from its trailer, including smoked brisket tacos and barbecue-laden breakfast tacos.
Opening hours: They’re closed on Mondays, but for the rest of the week they’re open from 11am till they sell out for the day.
What better way to cap off a day of drinking than with some barbecue located right next door to the bar? Grab a few beers at Corner Bar, and then venture to Brown’s Bar-B-Que for meat served just about any way you like it: on a sandwich, wrap, with sides, or by the pound. Don’t forget a side of the creamy mac-and-cheese to complete one hearty meal — without the wait of similar trailers of this caliber.
You can’t miss this proud trailer from the road, with a huge Texan flag painted over the entirety of the small but mighty eaterie. The pork belly sandwich and chopped brisket sandwiches are tender and moist, but make sure you leave room for dessert. It may seem strange for a barbecue joint, but the banana pudding is the menu item you would regret not having the most.
Yes, Franklin Barbecue does make every Austin barbecue list, but there’s a reason people line up by 8 a.m. every morning in hopes of snagging a few pounds for themselves. Even former President Obama has made a stop here, though he was lucky enough to skip the infamous line. You’re not going to eat any Franklin Barbecue without earning it, and for that reason, try everything. The closing time of 3 p.m. is more of an estimate; they serve food until they run out, and it’s often earlier than that time.
Warm wood interiors and even warmer stacks of ribs, brisket, and sausage await you at Black’s BBQ. The Black family has been serving up barbecue made with the same simple rub and smoking strategy for three generations, just as their ancestor did at the original (and still operating) Black’s BBQ in Lockhart in the 1930s. Be sure to try one of the hand-stuffed jalapeño cheddar sausages.
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