How to Eat Your Way To the Best Barbecue in Austin Texas

Everything is Bigger in Texas.

You’ll find big hair, boots, wide open spaces and most importantly: barbecue.

Austin is home to some of the best barbecue in the country. From internationally renowned joints like Franklin barbecue to local barbecue trailers and eateries, the selection is vast.

When we learned TravelCon, a travel media conference was in Austin, we were sold. This was our opportunity to delve into the local barbecue scene. We made it a point to extend our stay beyond the conference and found a one month house sit on the north side of town.

Our goal at Authentic Food Quest, is to explore and showcase the local flavors of a destination. While preparing for our month stay, we asked a number of Austinites to share their secrets and tell us their favorite barbecue joints.

With their recommendations in hand, we set out on a quest to discover the best barbecue in Austin.

Join us!

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What Makes Texas Barbecue in Austin so Special?

When getting ready for our quest for the best Texas barbecue in Austin, we learned about the barbecue style. The Central Texas barbecue style.

Not only it is the most popular way of making barbecue in Texas but its popularity has also spread around the world.

With the Central Texas barbecue style, the emphasis on the meat, the key ingredient. The meat is prepared in a simple fashion with salt and pepper and then smoked for hours in a pit.

The sauce is secondary. This is exactly how we like our food – simply prepared with a focus on the raw ingredients!

Simple doesn’t mean easy.

Making the best Central Texas Barbecue is an art. From cutting the meat to the delicate preparation to smoking the meat to perfection and finally serving it.

Each and every step takes patience and long hours of cooking and testing.  

Meat cooking on the Pit at Salt Lick for Best BBQ in Lockhart for Authentic Food Quest. Rated top bbq in Lockhart BBQ reviews, Salt Lick is worth the drive from Austin for the best barbecue in Texas.Meats grilling to perfection at Salt Lick Barbecue

Where Does Central Texas Barbecue Tradition Come From?

Back in the 19th century, German and Czech settlers brought the European meat-smoking tradition to Texas. At first, unsold meat was smoked by butchers to preserve it.

Shortly after, the leftover smoked meats became so popular that eventually, the butchers turned their focus to becoming restaurants and barbecue joints.

Butcher’s paper, used originally to wrap raw meat, doubled as wrapping for the cooked pieces. Today, barbecue, usually purchased by the pound, is served on trays lined with butcher paper as a symbol for “authentic barbecue”.

Texas barbecue restaurants are thriving, with many places competing for the best traditional smoked meat in town.

Entrance Smitty's Market Barbecue in LockhartThe entrance at Smitty's Market Barbecue in Lockhart looks more like a butcher store than a restaurant

Franklin Barbecue –  #1 Barbecue Spot in Texas (or the World)

Franklin Barbecue in Austin was among the first on our list to check out on our quest for the best barbecue in Texas.

Named the #1 barbecue restaurant in the world, it was no wonder the name came up consistently whenever we asked locals.

With its popularity, tasting Franklin barbecue can be quite challenging. People queue for hours, up to 6 hours, to taste Franklin’s famous brisket, ribs, and sausages.

Waiting in line for hours, however, wasn’t what we envisioned for this quest.

Though, we could not miss tasting the best barbecue in Austin that had seduced Anthony Bourdain and President Obama.

Armed with a helpful hint from a local to cut the line by going for a late lunch between 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm, we decided to go to Franklin’s barbecue the day after Labor Day. Our reasoning was that people would have had their fill of barbecue over the long Labor Day weekend.

That tactic paid off. Even though there was a line when we went to Franklin’s Barbecue, we only waited for 40 minutes. Though, there was a trade-off. A late lunch means you’re at risk of the place selling out of some items.

On that Tuesday, they sold out of the ribs even before we got to the door. However, there was plenty of brisket and sausages waiting for us. Enough to satisfy our quest for the best barbecue in Austin.

Franklin Barbecue the Best BBQ in Austin by Authentic Food QuestWe waited a mere 40 minutes at Franklin Barbecue

Does Franklin Barbecue Live Up to Its Reputation? 

To accompany the half-pound of brisket and sausage link, we chose a serving of coleslaw, pinto beans, and potato salad. These are typical Texas sides that go with the meats.

Was it because of the time we spent waiting and salivating or simply because of the positive reviews? In the end, we thought Franklin’s Barbecue lived up to its reputation.

The brisket perfectly seasoned melts in the mouth. The sausage was juicy, slightly crackling, and with a nice balance of fat and meat.

When we originally ordered, we asked for the lean brisket. The server, knowing what was best,  had us taste both the lean and fatty versions. Our preference actually went to the fatty brisket. The fat added moisture and tenderness, making the meat even more desirable.

Local Austin draft beer completed the experience.

Barbecue aficionados will enjoy Aaron Franklin’s book, “Franklin Barbecue: a meat-smoking manifesto.” He shares the nitty-gritty of his own barbecue process and how he become the most celebrated pit master.

Franklin Barbecue Meats for Best Barbecue in Austin by Authentic Food Quest. The best Austin BBQ Guide.The famous brisket and sausages at Franklin's Barbecue

Where to Eat the Best Barbecue in Austin

Franklin Barbecue

Address: 900 E 11th St, Austin, TX.

Hours: Open Tues – Sun; 11:00 am – 3:00 pm or until sold out; Closed on Monday’s

Inside Franklin Barbecue the Best BBQ in Austin by Authentic Food Quest.The line on the inside at Franklin's Barbecue

La Barbecue – Badass Barbecue Sandwiches

It was an adventure getting to la Barbecue. When we set out for the day, our original plan was to check out Franklin’s barbecue, with Micklethwait Barbecue as a backup plan. It was about 2:40 pm when we drove by and it was clear by the “sold out sign”, it was too late.

Micklethwait Barbecue, in the same area that Claire nicknamed “the barbecue row”, was a short drive from Franklin. While the hours indicate a 6:00 pm closing, the “sold out” sign told another story.

That’s when we decided to take our chance at la Barbecue. We pulled up into the empty parking lot, as smoke billowing out of the pit welcomed us.

With a bright and sleek decor, la Barbecue stands apart from other barbecue places. Adjoining the modern counter where you order your food and drinks is a gourmet deli store.

We learned that la Barbecue is owned by LeAnn Mueller, daughter of Bobby Mueller from the legendary Mueller Barbecue. Mueller Barbecue has been named the “Best BBQ in Texas” and Bobby was a James Beard Award Recipient.

LeAnn continues the German tradition of handcrafted meat with a modern twist.

We love LeAnn and her partner’s commitment to offering the highest quality local meats, free of hormones and sweet stuff. Amen!

Counter at la Barbecue the Best BBQ sandwich in Austin Texas Authentic Food QuestLa Barbecue small counter to get your barbecue fix

Tasting la Barbecue Meats and Sides 

Not yet accustomed to ordering “meat by the pound”, our attention was captivated by the appetizing and significant sandwich menu.

El Sancho Loco sandwiches sounded like the best option to taste beef, pork, and sausage all at once. Topped with pickled red onions and served in a Martin’s Potato Bun, this sandwich was to die for.

Best Sandwich at La Barbecue for Best BBQ in Austin by Authentic Food QuestLa Barbecue sandwich with a combination of beef, pork and sausage

Our favorite meat was the chopped beef, which was tender and savory. The pulled pork was delicate and moist while the sausage was a tad too greasy.

For sides, we went for the chipotle slaw and pinto beans. The sugar-free, perfectly spiced slaw was the best coleslaw we’ve had in years. These gals know how to make the real thing.

Sides Sandwiches at La Barbecue for the Best BBQ in Austin by Authentic Food QuestThe sandwiches and sides at la Barbecue

Where to Eat the Best Barbecue Sandwich in Austin

la Barbecue

Address: 2027 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX

Hours: Open Wed-Sun; 11:00 am – 6:00 pm or until sold out; Closed on Monday and Tuesday

Inside La Barbecue for Best BBQ in Austin by Authentic Food QuestThe interior of la Barbecue with the adjoining gourmet deli store

Micklethwait Craft Meats – The Best Food Truck Barbecue

On our second attempt at Micklethwait Craft Meats, we didn’t leave it to chance. We got there by 12:30 pm to wait in line.

Fortunately, our friend Taiss and new Austinite showed up 15 minutes earlier, waiting patiently for us.

Standing by the huge pit, we waited to order at the trailer window, where a short menu with fine products hangs. Brisket, pork ribs and sausages, we had enough stomach to share all the meats available.

Tom Micklethwait, the owner, started the barbecue trailer in 2012 after a career in bakery. The brioche-like light and slightly puffed bread tasted like it had been kneaded tenderly by a baker’s experienced hands.

Making everything from scratch including the bread, Tom mastered the art of Texas barbecue in a few short years.

Since 2017, Micklethwait Craft Meats has been on every Texas awarded list for the best barbecue plate in Austin. The meat here can be ordered by the plate as well as by the pound.

Micklethwait Craft Meats Trailer the best Food Truck BBQ for Austin BBQ Guide by Authentic Food Quest. In our opinion, the best barbecue sausages we had on our quest for the best barbecue in Austin.The popular Micklethwait Craft Meats barbecue trailer

Tasting Micklethwait Craft Meats and Sides 

Claire and I shared a three-meat plate with brisket, pork ribs, and a Tex-Czech sausage. To go along with the meats, we chose the coleslaw and beans.

We found the brisket a bit fatty for our tastes and while the pork ribs were tasty, we relished the sausages. The Tex-Czech sausages were the best we had on our quest. The meat and fat were perfectly balanced, the filling moist and the skin crisp.

The lemon poppy-seed slaw was a nice surprise. The refreshing lemony flavor slaw and poppy seeds added crunch to the texture.

From the modest trailer, Micklethwait Craft Meats offers an outstanding alternative to the long lines at Franklin’s barbecue.

The outdoor seating area is filled with Texas flowers and shrubs. It’s a relaxing place to savor the flavors under the canopy.

Three Meats Plate at Micklethwait Craft Meat the best food truck bbq for Austin BBQ Guide and the best barbecue in Austin by Authentic Food Quest3-meat plate at Micklethwait with beans and poppy seed slaw

Where to Eat the Best Barbecue Sausages in Austin

Micklethwait Craft Meats

Address: 1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX

Hours: Tues – Sun; 11:00 am – 6:00 pm or until sold out; Closed Monday’s

Outdoor seating at Micklethwait Craft Meats for Austin BBQ Guide and best barbecue in Austin by Authentic Food QuestThe outdoor seating at Micklethwait Craft Meats

Mum Foods – The Best Pastrami in Texas 

Visiting local farmers markets is one of the best ways to learn about the local food culture.  Whether we are in Bangkok, Santiago, Chile or Los Angeles, local markets always yield surprising discoveries.

One Sunday, while exploring the Texas Farmers Market at Mueller, we unexpectedly discovered what became our favorite Austin barbecue.

The Mueller Market, as it’s commonly known, is a local favorite. Surrounded by plenty of green space, including a lake park, you’ll find a number of vendors and food stalls.

From fresh vegetables, Texas honey and bread, farm-raised beef, pork, and eggs, there is plenty to choose from. Local artisans making kombucha, artisanal olive oil, honey wine, and other organic craft products are all around.

As we made our way to the far end of the market, we noticed this one stall with a consistent queue. Taking our line in place under the simple Mum Foods sign, we waited patiently to sample their meats.

Mum Foods for Best BBQ in Austin by Authentic Food QuestThe line at Mum Foods at the Sunday Mueller Market

Tasting Mum Foods Pastrami and Wagyu Brisket  

Truth be told, we went to Mum Foods twice. Our first visit was at the end of our first week in Austin. We ordered their smoked wagyu brisket, which we immediately fell in love with. Falling apart in our hands, the meat can eaten without a fork and knife.

We loved Mum Foods so much that we went back at the end of our quest to try it again and confirm if it was still our best barbecue in Austin. This time, in addition to the smoked wagyu brisket, we had their award-winning pastrami and co-owner, Geoffrey generously threw in some ribs.

The barbecue sells out at the market and for good reason. The brisket had just the right amount of fat and was dripping in its juices. The pastrami, with the perfect amount of seasoning, every bite is a trip to barbecue heaven. The beef brisket ribs were tender and simply, perfect.  

Everything we had was consistently good.

Brisket Pastrami at Mum Foods for Austin BBQ Guide by Authentic Food QuestAward-winning Mum Foods meats on butcher paper

Where to Eat the Best Pastrami in Austin 

Mum Foods at Texas Farmers Market at Mueller

Address: 4209 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX

Hours: Sunday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at Mueller Market

You’ll also find Mum Foods at the Barton  Creek and Lakeline Farmers Markets, on Saturdays from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Brisket Pastrami Mum Foods for Austin BBQ Guide by Authentic Food Quest for the best barbecue in AustinMum Foods butcher block with cuts of pastrami and brisket

Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ – The Best Tex-Mex Barbecue 

Valentina’s is in Austin, though we visited it on our way to Lockhart. On the quest for the best barbecue in Austin, we could not miss this local gem renowned for its Tex-Mex Barbecue.

Tex-Mex is a fusion of Mexican and American cuisine that can be found across the U.S. but primarily in Texas.

Valentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ trailer is about 15 miles south of downtown Austin. A family business, they have been opened since 2013. Every year brings more praise and recognition for their Tex-Mex barbecue flavors.

Valentinas BBQ for Best Tex-Mex BBQ in Austin by Authentic Food Quest for the best barbecue in AustinValentina’s Tex-Mex BBQ trailer

Tasting Valentina’s Tacos, Meats and Sides  

With a menu that offers part Texas barbecue and part tacos, we chose to taste both. We ordered a plate with pork ribs and jalapeno cheddar sausage served with rice and beans. An order of smoked brisket and smoked carnitas tacos completed our order.

Although we joyfully dove into the ribs, our favorites were the tacos and especially the brisket taco. The brisket was incredibly tasty and well seasoned. Served with homemade salsa, guacamole, and flour tortillas, we had our mouths full.

The jalapeno cheddar sausage just wasn’t for us. We felt the addition of cheddar cheese to the sausage took away from the experience. Nevertheless, the tacos stuffed with barbecue smoked meats more than made up for the experience.

Valentinas BBQ Brisket Tacos for the Best Tex-Mex BBQ in Austin by Authentic Food QuestBrisket stuffed tacos with Tex-Mex flavors

Where to Eat the Best Tex-Mex Barbecue Tacos in Austin

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

Address: 11500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX

Hours: Open every day 7:30 am – until sold out

Valentinas BBQ Ribs Plate and Tacos for Best Tex-Mex BBQ in Austin by Authentic Food QuestThe ribs plate and tacos at Valentina's BBQ

The Quest for TX BBQ in Lockhart & Driftwood

Having eaten our way through some of the local barbecue spots in Austin, we decided to explore even further, and go to Lockhart, the Barbecue Capital of Texas.

In the company of our friends, Maria, from EuropeUpClose and Taiss, from TogethertoWherever, we made the all girls trip to Lockhart in search for the best barbecue in Texas.

The trip to Lockhart, about 35 miles, southeast of Austin, was an all day affair, filled with adventure and barbecue.

Maria and Taiss at Blacks Best BBQ in Lockhart Authentic Food QuestMaria and Taiss ready to devour Texas barbecue meat

Black’s BBQ – The Oldest Family Owned BBQ in Texas

After a first stop at Valentina’s Tex-Mex barbecue, we went to Black’s Barbecue, the oldest family-owned barbecue restaurants in the state of Texas, since 1932.

We got there right after the peak lunch period and there was no wait. The larger than life sign by the entrance with the words “Giant Beef Ribs” greets you as you walk in.

Right at the entrance is a cafeteria style counter where you order your sides and desserts first. You then make your way to the butcher block where you can choose brisket, beef ribs and sausages.

Knowing we had to pace ourselves for a full day of barbecue eating, we decided to share one Black’s giant beef rib, one sausage ring and split the beans and coleslaw sides.

The gigantic beef ribs at Black’s can range from under one pound to nearly two pounds. Our rib was a little over one pound and was just enough.

The restaurant is steeped in tradition with an old-time decor. Picture wood paneled walls, horns of various sizes adorning the walls, signs for high school sports teams, and plastic red & white checked tablecloths. A nostalgic atmosphere.

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Tasting Black’s Barbecue and Giant Beef Ribs

The Black’s beef rib is a carnivore’s dream. A generous slab of pink meat, with blackened edges hugs a nine-inch rib bone. We enjoyed the tender meat, but would have welcomed a little more flavor to the crusted edges.

Black’s sausage links had a nice bite to them with a peppery finish. The filling was tasty with the right amount of fat though they could have been a bit more meaty.

The sides, beans and coleslaw, were prepared in a traditional manner. None was exceptional in any way. Not our favorite, they were fitting of this legendary Texas barbecue restaurant.

A trip to Black’s in Lockhart TX, is an experience. An irrefutable rite of passage for barbecue lovers.

Giant Rib at Blacks BBQ Best Texas BBQ in Lockhart Authentic Food QuestWhen they say giant, they mean it!

Where to Eat at the Oldest Barbecue in Lockhart

Black’s Barbecue Lockhart

Address: 215 North Main Street, Lockhart, TX

Hours: Open everyday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Smitty’s Market BBQ – Steeped in History and Tradition

Smitty’s Market, another Lockhart barbecue heavyweight can be found on Commerce street in the walkable downtown Lockhart area.

Too stuffed and with no plans of eating at Smitty’s, we took a quick tour of the place to see this slice of history.

The entrance, a long hallway with darkened walls, leads to a pit with light from a menacing open fire. The smell of wood burning accompanies you until you get to the butcher block were you order your meats.

The location opened around 1900 as Kreuz Market, a German butcher shop that sold fresh meat during the week and smoked the leftovers on the weekends.

In 1999, a feud between a sister and her brothers, caused the brothers to move Kreuz Market to a new building on the northern outskirts of town. Fortunately, the sister, Nina Schmidt Sells and her son, John Fullilove re-opened the space, under the Smitty name in honor of her father, Edgar “Smitty” Schmidt.

Cutting the Meat Smitty's Market Barbecue Best BBQ in Lockhart Authentic Food QuestCuts of meat at the butchers block at Smitty's Market BBQ

The Menu at Smitty’s Market BBQ

The menu consists of brisket, pork ribs and chops, shoulder clod, prime rib and pit-cooked sausages. You pretty much line, up, place your order by the pound and pay by cash or check (no debit or credit). Everything is served to you on butcher paper; there are no plates, no forks, you eat with your hands.

While we didn’t eat here, we would definitely not miss it the next time we are in Lockhart. If you’re travels take you to the area don’t hesitate to stop by this classic spot filled with character and tradition.

Where to Eat at the Best Barbecue Spot in Lockhart

Smitty’s Market

Address: 208 South Commerce, Lockhart, TX

Hours: Mon – Sat 7:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun 9:00 am – 6:30 pm

Inside Smitty's Market Barbecue the Best BBQ in Lockhart Authentic Food QuestA step back in time at Smitty's Market Barbecue

Salt Lick BBQ – The Most Beautiful BBQ Setting in Driftwood, TX

For the last stop of the day, we took the 45 minute drive from Lockhart to Driftwood to go the acclaimed Salt Lick BBQ. We deliberately made this our last stop so that we could enjoy the beautiful setting of the Texas Hill Country. Knowing that Salt Lick BBQ is BYOB, we stopped along the way to pick up beer.

The place is sprawling with even a winery on site. Upon entering The Salt Lick, you can’t resist the “Texas-sized grill” piled high with all kinds of meats and sausages. Not only are your eyes captivated, your nose is enraptured in delicious barbecue smells.

After getting seated, ordering was hard. We were all pretty stuffed, yet we wanted to savor the Salt Lick barbecue flavors. Founded in 1967, Salt Lick grew from just a pit by the road into a massive operation with multiple locations.

After discussing, the menu, we went for the “Thurman’s Choice” combo, which came with brisket, pork ribs and sausage. Along with that, we ordered a serving of pulled pork.

To complete the meat dishes, two sides came highly recommended. The vinegar slaw sprinkled with black sesame seeds and the mayo-free potato salad with celery seed. We also ordered desserts.

Thurman's Plate at Salt Lick Best BBQ in Austin Authentic Food QuestLast but not least the Thurman's plate to finish our quest for the best BBQ in Austin

Tasting Salt Lick Barbecue and Desserts

In general, the meats were solid, juicy and with just the right amount of smoke. While the meats were flavorful, the sides and desserts were excellent. Just the right amount of sesame and celery seeds elevated the sides from just average to delightful.

The homemade pecan pie and the half & half blackberry and peach cobbler pie were favorites at the table. Claire, in particular, devoured the pecan pie, while the rest of us enjoyed the tasty and not so sweet cobbler combo.

Visiting Salt Lick is an experience to have while in Austin. The scenic drive, BYOB policy, and gorgeous setting makes it worth the trek.

For recipes and more about the family tradition at Salt Lick, pick up the book, The Salt Lick Cookbook: A Story of Land, Family, and Love.

Pulled Pork at Salt Lick on the quest for the Best BBQ in Austin Authentic Food QuestHalf-pound of the pulled pork

Where to Eat at the Most Beautiful Barbecue in Lockhart

The Salt Lick BBQ

Address: 18300 FM 1826, Driftwood TX

Hours: Open every day 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

The Pit at Salt Lick on our quest for the Best BBQ in Austin Authentic Food QuestThe pit at Salt Lick is at the entrance of the restaurant

Chisholm Trail in Lockhart is another local favorite which has been providing exceptional barbecue since 1978. While we didn’t eat there, locals tells us it is worth putting on the map.

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In Summary

This quest for the best barbecue in Austin gave us a unique insight to the local barbecue scene. The subtleties in taste and the craft needed to achieve perfection for the brisket, sausage or ribs was an eye-opener.

We found that many of the places had approached perfection on one item and not necessary on all three –  brisket, ribs and sausage or “barbecue trifecta.”

We learned to trust our own tastes and not be swayed by the “best of” or “top barbecue in Austin” type lists. While we enjoyed the meats at most of the barbecue spots we visited, our favorite barbecue in Austin was from Mum Foods, a place we rarely saw on the popular top lists.

Most importantly, we came away with a new appreciation for Texas barbecue. The transformation that occurs when meat is cooked with simple ingredients and long hours at the pit.

In a land where everything is bigger, so are the portions. Take a hearty appetite on as you seek out your best barbecue in Austin. And be prepared, as we found in our case, to loosen a notch or two on your belts.

Claire and Rosemary at Blacks on the quest for the Best BBQ in Lockhart Authentic Food QuestClaire and Rosemary on the quest for the best Texas barbecue in Austin

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44 Comments on “How to Eat Your Way To the Best Barbecue in Austin Texas”

  1. Hey Rosemary, thanks for such a great BBQ guide, it made me feel really hungry! Here in Europe it starts to be Fashion with all the Food trucks, but in Austin they seem to be popular already. All the food Looks really yummy.

  2. You are right checking local farmer markets usually are so fun and it is quite an experience. I watched your video before reading this post! My mouth is literally watering and I feel so hungry. I am wondering to know

  3. This is great – this will be us in a few years when we visit Texas for the solar eclipse (2024)! I love ribs, so that is always my go-to, but it would be interesting to try the sausage and pork too. Love the look of those giant beef ribs. But would definitely try Mum Foods – that pastrami looks out of this world. I think it’s important to try those places that aren’t necessarily on the big lists!

    • You are so right, Hannah, many of the gems are often not the popular list. The owners of Mum Foods are so friendly and accommodating as well. You’ll get great service and great food 🙂 Keep this post handy for your future trip to Texas. Thanks, Hannah.

  4. Can you believe I lived in Texas for 5 years and traveled to Austin a few times, but never actually had barbecue in Austin? I’ll admit, it’s not really my favorite food. However, I do like that the Texas style is less saucy. Like you guys, I prefer for the meat to have all the flavor. Next time I’m in Austin I’ll make sure to finally have some barbecue.

    • Can’t believe you missed out on barbecue in Austin. It’s worth another trip to Austin for sure 🙂 The focus on the meat and less on the sauce makes it worth it. Do let us know where you end up trying when you eventually make it back to Austin. Thanks, Vicky.

  5. Amazing guys. I had Texas BBQ during a wedding in Pennsylvania last year. Genius couple hired a Texas BBQ truck to drive up and serve wedding guests behind the hall. Divine food. Melts in your mouth.

  6. I went to Cooper’s Old Time Pit Barbeque during Travelcon. It was dang good. I spent extra time exploring Austin with my vegan friends. Your post makes me wish I at more meat. Franklin’s looks like it was totally worth the wait.

  7. My son would love Texas. He is a massive meat eater. I must admit the brisket you have featured looks amazing and I like the look of the Mums Food pastrami too! However, to queue for up to 6 hours for BBQ I think is a form of madness lol

  8. Wow!! In love with all things meat right now! 😀 I cannot believe that people wait for up to 6 hours at Franklin Barbecue – I get that it’s the best in the world but woah! Haha, luckily you did not wait that long. Tex-mex sounds like my kinda food, the brisket taco looks absolutely delicious! This is a great post, thanks for sharing!

    • So glad you enjoyed the article Lisa. The barbecue in Austin is quite an experience. There are many options for amazing barbecue in Austin and most do not require a 6 hour wait…even though it was quite good! We also really enjoyed the Tex Mex flavors. It was a first for us and we look forward to more. Hope your travels take you to Austin soon. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I have not yet been to Texas but a friend of mine is getting married there in December. It’s my goal to be able to go, so if I get the chance to hang out in Austin I am definitely going to check out the places you listed! While it seems crazy people wait up to 6 hours for barbecue, there must be a good reason huh? Thank you for this in depth guide to barbecue in Austin! I’ll be saving it for later!

  10. I cannot wait for my Austin foodie trip- thank you for putting this guide together, not just with the best restaurants but also so much history! I didn’t know that BBQ styles can go even by region in Texas before your post (I guess it makes sense- it’s so big!), and I’m excited to try Central Texas BBQ!

    • Thank you Angelica and glad you enjoyed reading about the history of barbecue in Texas. It certainly helps when we understand the cultural context of the food. When is your Austin foodie trip? Do let us know what you find. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. As a BBQ lover, I’d be totally up for this quest, and I can’t think of a better place to do it than Austin. Loved that you included how it came to the area. I had no idea. Thanks for all the great tips and honesty. Makes me want some BBQ pork ribs right now!

    • Thank you Lara and so glad you enjoyed the article. Good to know this quest is right up your alley. We’ll definitively invite you the next time we are doing “part 2” of this quest. We’re missing the bbq as well. Thanks for your feedback and for stopping by. Cheers.

  12. Would love to try the infamous TEX MEX in texas one day. But for now, I’ll have to settle for my family’s Mexican food from MEXICO and California. But you really did go all out here didn’t you? So many Texan culinary options. Really quite a roundup for the foodie loooooovers!! Cheers!

  13. There seems to be a lot of meat on offer here! A meat and bbq lovers paradise. I am always sceptical when I read judged the best in the world. Judged by who and against who especially when it is in the USA lol. After Americans call there NBA and MLB winners world Champions. Anyway enough of that, the food looks fantastic and I can see why this is a food lovers paradise

    • That’s funny, Mark…lol!! Totally agree. In the end, you’ve got to make up your mind and your own opinions. The adventure is half the fun. If you haven’t made it to Austin for the bbq yet, definitively consider a trip! Cheers.

  14. Woah Rosemary! That is a whole lot of meat!

    How long did you spend on this quest? You must have been soooo full after a few days of that much meaty-goodness!! I am also really drawn to the tasty photos of slaw and beans…they looks sooo good!

  15. WOW!!! Amazing food! I will have to go back to some of those and also check out the ones I haven’t been to yet-got my work cut out for me! Oh, and I should probably take Rob, too!HA! Thanks so much for the mention! It was a great time exploring Austin’s BBQ food scene with “YA’LL” 🙂 P.S. I love the pic of you two with the giant rib!


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