The Best Austin BBQ

Best BBQ – Austin

When in Texas, barbecue is a way of life and the state’s capital is no exception. The City of the Violet Crown is not only nationally-recognized as the Live Music Capital of the World but also as the only city that’s smoked meats scene is so critically acclaimed that pitmaster, Aaron Franklin even has a James Beard Award. So for all you rib-slabbin’, sauce drippin’ BBQ connoisseurs out there here’s our guide to the finest barbecue Austin has to offer. So, there you have it, in no particular order – here goes the meats!

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  1. Franklin Barbecue                                                                                                                                 If you know a thing or two about ‘cue, you’ve probably already heard about the long lines at Franklin—it’s been well documented—but it’s safe to say, it’s well worth the wait for those delectable cuts of meat. Pop in for lunch Tuesdays through Sundays beginning at 11 a.m.

Sure Fire Favorites: brisket, beef ribs, pulled pork, Tipsy Texan sandwich


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2. La Barbecue

You can’t miss La Barbecue’s colorful signage at the Aztec Food Park on East Cesar Chavez. This local hot spot is always smoking up some briskets, ribs, sausages, or the southern holy grail of it all – Frito pie! La Barbecue is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays starting at 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Sure Fire Favorites: brisket, pulled pork, Frito pie

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3. Micklethwait Craft Meats

There’s nothing like getting BBQ from a trailer. At Micklethwait you can look forward to housemade sausages that change daily, the usual meats selection, and great made from scratch sides. If you’re lucky enough to go there on Saturdays prepare yourself for one heck of a mouth-watering special feature – pulled goat. Micklethwait Craft Meats is open every day at 11 a.m., except for Mondays.

Sure Fire Favorites: sausage, beef ribs, pulled goat (Saturdays only), moon pie

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4. Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

If you’re into fusion concepts, Valentina’s Tex-Mex Barbecue is the place for you. With options like smoked brisket or pulled pork meshed with tacos or sandwiches, who could ask for anything more? Valentina’s is located in South Austin, but if downtown is more your fancy, check out their sister location, Violet Taco for your barbecue taco fix. Hours are Monday to Sunday starting at 8 a.m. Breakfast tacos served until 11 a.m.

Sure Fire Favorites: Real Deal Holyfield breakfast taco, smoked brisket taco

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5. Freedmen’s

If you like a little sip with your swine, whiskey and barbecue await Freedmen’s West Campus restaurant location. For those that despise lines, Freedmen’s offers table service. Sides and desserts are even smoked, beets and banana pudding come off the grill in this historic building. Freedman’s is open for lunch and dinner every day except Monday. Sunday brunch also features a Barbecue Benedict.

Sure Fire Favorites: The Holy Trinity plate (brisket, pork spare ribs, sausage), Ol’ Schmokey cocktail.

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