What I Love About Austin
Barbecue is truly one of the things I love about Austin.
The word barbecue comes from the Spanish, barbacoa and in the Southern United States, barbecue grew out of gatherings that started before the 1860’s. Many states and cities are known for their barbecue. From North and South Carolina, Lexington, Memphis, Alabama, Georgia, and Kansas City to Texas everyone claims to make the best barbecue on the planet. The love of barbecue and the opinion about who makes the best comes down to personal taste. Perception is often influenced by what others claim to be the best barbecue.
Every barbecue restaurant has it's own, "secret sauce" and they would never tell you how they make it. But the secret is truly, "in the sauce" and it determines the overall flavor of the meat, along with how they cook it and even the wood used to give it that "wood fired" flavor. I won’t try to tell you what is the best barbecue, but if you make it to all of the barbecue joints on my list, I would suggest that you will then be able to give advice based on your very own top ten barbecue places in the Austin area.
This list doesn't begin to scratch the surface of barbecue joints in and around Austin. We wouldn't have enough room, in this article, to list all of the barbecue restaurants much less tell you everything you need to know about each. However, in my world there is only good and better barbecue. So I hope you find this list a good place to start to get your barbecue fix and discover your version of the best barbecue in and around Austin.
In no particular order, here is my list of barbecue restaurants, with addresses and websites, that you should visit at least once before you proclaim that you know the best of the best in and around Austin.
The Salt Lick, opened in 1967 is often ranked among the best in Austin.
512-894-3117 ~ Driftwood
18300 FM 1826
512-386-1044 ~ Round Rock
3350 E Palm Valley Blvd
Round Rock, Texas
Kerlin BBQ, another highly ranked restaurant.
1700 E. Cesar Chavez Austin, Texas
Freedman’s Bar & Barbecue, Near UT, highly ranked.
2402 San Gabriel St., Austin, Texas
Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, named after the historic 1800s I. & G. N. railroad stop Stiles Switch, Texas, is also namesake of the owner Shane Stiles.
6610 N LAMAR BLVD
Schmidt Family BBQ, started in 1948 in Lockhart, Texas by Edgar Schmidt. One of the better known barbecue families in Texas.
12532 FM 2244
Bee Cave, TX 78738
Micklethwait Craft Meats, founded in 2012 by Tom Micklethwait. Another Austin highly rated BBQ joint.
1309 Rosewood Ave
La Barbecue, always at the top of the best barbecue lists in Austin.
1906 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, Texas
(512) 605 - 9696
Franklin Barbecue, be prepared to get in line at 7 or 8 am for lunch! And when they run out, they close.
900 E. 11th Street
Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ, highly ranked.
Located downtown behind Star Bar at 600 W. 6th St. Austin, Texas
Terry Black’s BBQ, another Lockhart original, producing barbecue for generations.
1003 Barton Springs Rd • Austin, Texas
Iron Works BBQ, originally an ornamental Iron Work, this little tin building was converted into The Iron Works BBQ in 1978. Another highly rated BBQ joint.
100 Red River
County Line, formed by some Texans who loved Austin; loved its heritage and historical buildings. It’s large facilities and great food will support large groups and gatherings.
5204 FM 2222
6500 W. Bee Cave Rd
Stubb’s Bar-B-Que, live music, cold beer and gospel brunch every Sunday.
801 Red River