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2019 BBQ Roundup: Where to Find Austin's Best

2019 BBQ Roundup: Where to Find Austin's Best

How many BBQ joints have you checked off your Austin foodie bucket list? You can’t miss these tasty restaurants if you have a hankering for the (unofficial) food of Texas. Here’s our 2019 BBQ roundup -- Just in time for summer.


The Switch

166 Hargraves Dr #G100 - Dripping Springs | 512-212-7211 | Website

By Stiles Switch BBQ, The Switch is located at Belterra Village in Dripping Springs. Drop by for daily specials, fun margaritas and signature smoked meats.

McCollum Barbecue

1213 Corona Dr | 512-628-4288 | Website

Open on Sunday and Sunday only, McCollum Barbecue offers barbecue by the pound or as a sandwich. Enjoy sausages, Frito pies, sides and more!

J. Leonardi’s Barbeque

1124 E 11th St | 512-744-0639 | Website

With Pitmaster Jerome Faulkner and former football player Cedric Leonard Griffin at the helm, this food truck serves up some of the best barbecue on the East Side.

Alzer’s BBQ

1405 W Whitestone Blvd - Cedar Park | 512-680-5652 | Website

Serving up traditional Texas smoked meats, Alzer’s BBQ is a food truck to visit if you’re in the Cedar Park area and have a hankering for some meat.

Lotus & Cleaver

11501 Rock Rose Ave #152 | 512-334-9387 | Website

Get a taste of Chinese barbecue at this establishment on Rock Rose Avenue. Roasted duck, char siu pork shoulders and steam buns are a few things you’ll enjoy.


Black’s Barbecue

3110 Guadalupe St | 512-524-0801 | Website

This renowned Lockhart BBQ restaurant has a few locations to enjoy in Austin. Try the beef ribs, sausage, and brisket.

Brown’s Bar-B-Que

1901 S Lamar Blvd | 512-517-8520 | Website

Outside of Corner Bar sits a trailer with Brown’s Bar-B-Que. Pitmaster Daniel Brown serves classic, simple barbeque for a great price. Try the chicken and pork ribs.  

Franklin Barbecue 

900 E 11th St | 512-653-1187 | Website

Franklin Barbecue is famous for the long line that wraps around the building each morning before the doors open and hungry Austinites flood the establishment to get their fill. Grab a few friends and a few lawn chairs and make a morning of it! Try the Tipsy Texan Sandwich. 

 Iron Works BBQ 

100 Red River St | 512-478-4955 | Website

Dishing out meals for over 39 years, this downtown barbecue spot is frequented by conference crowds and late night crowds. 

Kerlin BBQ 

1700 E Cesar Chavez St | 512-412-5588 | Website

Bill Kerlin’s pastry trailer brought BBQ and buttery goodness together for his famous barbeque kolaches, but he still smokes meat while his truck is open Wednesday through Sunday. Try the brisket kolaches or pork ribs. 

La Barbeque 

2027 E Cesar Chavez St | 512-605-9696 | Website

La Barbeque sits on East Cesar Chavez in conjunction with Quickie Pickie, making this outstanding barbecue spot a great place to grab some smoked meats as well as a bottle of wine. Try the beef ribs and Frito pie.

Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue 

401 W 2nd St | 512-494-1500 | Website

Larry McGuire and Tom Moorman’s Lamberts is where you should head if you’re looking for a nicer dinner in Austin. Try the chopped brisket sandwich at lunch or brisket at dinner. 


2115 S Lamar Blvd | 512-916-4858 | Website

An Asian smokehouse concepted by Tyson Cole of Uchi and Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Loro serves up some of the city’s best smoked meats with an Asian twist in the trendy establishment. Try the Thai Green Curry Sausage sandwich or beef brisket. 

Micklethwait Craft Meats

1309 Rosewood Ave | 512-791-5961 | Website

This barbecue trailer serves up scratch-focused dishes that change daily, the usual being tasty meats and wonderful sides. Try the Frito pie and sausage.  

Salt Lick

18300 FM 1826 | 512-858-4959 | Website

This legendary BBQ establishment serves some of Austin’s finest meats in large family-style dining rooms. Enjoy fresh lemonade or sip on a glass of wine and listen to live music while you wait for your table. Try the all-you-can-eat, family-style dinner. 

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

6610 N Lamar Blvd | 512-380-9199 | Website

Pitmaster Lance Kirkpatrick serves up good smoked meats and specials Tuesday through Sunday. Try the beef ribs and pork ribs.

Terry Black’s BBQ 

1003 Barton Springs Rd | 512-394-5899 | Website

Created by other members of the Black family, Terry Black’s BBQ is run by twin sons Mike and Mark to honor their dad. Meats, wine, and beer are served daily until sold out. Try the brisket and smoked turkey.

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

11500 Manchaca Rd | 512-221-4248 | Website

Valentina’s mixes every Austinite’s two favorite cuisines into one pit stop – Eat your meat by itself, on a sandwich or in a taco. Try the Real Deal Holyfield breakfast taco or smoked brisket taco.

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