The Ultimate Guide to Austin Barbecue

Franklin Barbecue - Sink your teeth into the ultra-tender brisket crafted by James Beard Award-winning Aaron Franklin. Bon Appétit magazine and loyal locals call Franklin’s barbecue the best of the best, and the lines outside aren't thinning anytime soon.
LeRoy and Lewis - This food truck uses seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and ranches. Meats are served by the pound (try the decadent sliced pork belly or the macaroni-and-cheese-stuffed quail). Desserts include brisket chocolate chip cookie.
Kerlin BBQ - Thrillist named Kerlin among the best new BBQ joints in America, and the Austin Chronicle raves about their "transcendent brisket experience." The seductive menu is built on pork shoulder, beef hot links and prime Angus brisket and is served with sides like blue cheese coleslaw, jalapeño dill potato salad, and creamed corn with chipotle and bacon.
Loro - This Asian smokehouse with a casual backyard BBQ vibe recently opened. Aaron Franklin and Chef Tyson Cole are the James Beard Award-winning duo turning out traditional favorites with a twist, like smoked beef brisket flavored with Thai herbs and oak-smoked salmon in cucumber-yuzu broth.
Iron Works Barbecue - Originally an ironwork shop, this tiny tin building was transformed into a barbecue haven in 1978. Plates come loaded with famous Texas sliced beef, ribs and more, while the mouthwatering sandwich menu spans smoked pork loin and pulled pork. Order the sampler plate with sliced beef, signature hot sausage and a beef rib served with potato salad, beans, pickle, onion, bread and barbecue sauce.
Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse - Blues, brews and barbecue. Get your fix of all three at this live music venue, restaurant and brewery, where the menu is packed with innovative spins on classics (think pulled pork poutine and a reuben sandwich made with barbecue brisket), and the on-tap list boasts specialty craft beers brewed on-site. Thursdays offer live music on the patio.
Day Trip Idea: BBQ Hot Spots in Texas Hill Country - Take a jaunt over to Kreuz Market in Lockhart (a town officially known as the Barbecue Capital of Texas), Luling City Market, the iconic Salt Lick BBQ in Driftwood, The Switch in Dripping Springs, or the new brick-and-mortar Micklethwait Market & Grocery in Smithville for a taste of small-town charm and authentic Texas barbecue.
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Posted on: 03/06/2019

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