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Best Austin BBQ And Austin Barbecue Restaurants

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Austin Barbecue Company

Location: 
Phone: (512) 796-5071
David "D.T." Terrell has been catering mouth-watering BBQ for Central Texas events from weddings to Rib-O-Rama to South by Southwest for over 35 years. The catering specialties at Austin BBQ include beef brisket, pulled pork, beef and pork ribs, lamb, fajitas. sausage, chicken, turkey, duck, whole salmon, rainbow trout, authentic Cajun dishes, fresh vegetarian dishes, black bean chili, barbecue beans, six-bean bbq beans, various potato salads, smoked corn and Texas cole slaw.

Black's Barbecue

Location: 
215 North Main Street
Lockhart, TX
Phone: (512) 398-2712

Black's Barbecue is located 30 miles outside of Austin in Lockhart, one of several self proclaimed barbecue capitals of Texas, and is the oldest barbecue restaurant in Texas continuously owned by the same family. Four generations of the Black family serve up smoked meats, homemade sausage and barbecue sauces every day of the week except Thanksgiving day and Christmas. Black's Barbecue has been featured in The New York Times, Southern Living, Texas Monthly, Bon Appetit, Gourmet, The Food Network, Money Magazine and The Travel Channel.

County Line On The Lake

Location: 
5204 Ranch Road 2222
Austin, TX
Phone: (512) 346-3664

Austin Bar B Que restaurant The County Line first opened in 1975 and in the years since then has been the subject of numerous magazine and newspapers articles as well as profiles on television shows. The County Line features wood smoked brisket and ribs. Set in old lake lodge on Bull Creek Road off of Lake Austin Boulevard, Austin TX BBQ restaurant the County Line on the Lake has been well known for many years as the place in Austin to take out-of-town guests. There is a large redwood deck overlooking the Lake Austin at the County Line On the Lake. The original County Line On the Hill is located in an historic building with a 20 mile view of the Texas Hill Country on Bee Cave Road just past 360. Sunsets are popular at the original County Line On the Hill.

Franklin Barbecue

Location: 
900 E. 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: (512) 653-1187

Franklin Barbecue was recently named "The Best BBQ Restaurant in America" by Bon Appetit magazine. Franklin Barbecue sells sandwiches, BBQ plates and brisket, sausage, pork ribs and pulled pork barbeque in Austin TX by the pound. The brisket at Franklin Barbecue is oak smoked Angus brisket with a peppery crust and thick smoke ring. This best BBQ restaurant Austin Texas started as a trailer on the east side of IH-35 and 34th Street. Owner Aaron Franklin began his BBQ career when his parents owned a BBQ joint for a few years when he was a kid. After rekindling his love of BBQ in his own backyard, he worked for John Mueller at his BBQ restaurant on Manor Road before it closed. A few years later the owner of Owl Tree Roasting suggested he move a trailer to sell BBQ into the parking lot of Owl Tree and Franklin was an immediate hit with BBQ connoisseurs in Austin who say they no longer have to drive to Taylor or Lockhart for outstanding Austin Bar B Que. Franklin Barbecue is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 AM until they sell out daily (usually around 2 PM), so it is not unusual to see BBQ lovers lining up before they open.

Green Mesquite

Location: 
1400 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX
Phone: (512) 479-0485

Green Mesquite barbecue in Austin Texas is a green mesquite wood smoked BBQ joint close to Zilker Park that has been featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" show. A favorite is the 3 meat plate with selections such as brisket, ribs or pulled pork. Green Mesquite BBQ has live music Thursdays through Sundays. The atmosphere is down home Texas charm. There is also an outside area picnic tables giving the feeling of a backyard Austin Bar B Que.

Iron Works Barbecue

Location: 
100 Red River
Austin, TX

Iron Works BBQ is located inside the location of the Weigl Iron Works, a family operated ornamental iron works company operating in Austin during the 1930's through the 1970's. The building was converted into The Iron Works BBQ in 1978 and it was not long after that the State Historical Commission registered the property as a historical site. The weather vane located on the peak of the Iron Works BBQ roof was made by Lee Weigl in 1922 at the age of 13. Examples of Weigl Iron Works craftsmanship can be seen in the halls of the State Capital, Laguna Gloria Art Museum and many of the historical homes around Austin. Iron Works BBQ is located on Red River right around the corner for the convention center and stays busy during the March SXSW convention and other big conventions throughout the year.

Kreuz Market

Location: 
619 North Colorado Street
Lockhart, TX
Phone: (512) 398-2361

Kreuz Market was started in 1900 by Charles Kreuz as a meat market and grocery store. The smoked meat was sold on butcher paper without sauce or utensils. Charles passed the business along to his sons and son-in-law who ran it until 1948, when Edgar Schmidt, who had worked there since 1936, bought the market from the Kruez family. In the sixties, Edgar closed the grocery store and kept the BBQ, later selling the business to his sons, Rick and Don Schmidt. The building itself was always owned by the Kruez family and in 1999 the Schmidt family lost its lease on the building and moved the business from its original home of 99 years to a bigger facility a quarter mile north of the old location. Meat is ordered by the pound in the smoke room and served on butcher paper without sauce.

Lambert's Downtown Barbeque

Location: 
401 West 2nd Street
Austin, TX
Phone: (512) 494-1500

Lambert's Downtown Barbeque serves BBQ in an upscale style in the historic Schneider Brothers Building in downtown Austin close to Lady Bird Lake and the Town Lake Hike and Bike Trail. The J.P. Schneider Store is a historic building in downtown Austin built in 1873 that over the years has housed a mercantile storage, a saloon after prohibition, electrical and lumber companies and an art gallery. The Schneider Brothers Building is the only historic building in the area that has not been torn down and is adjacent the new City Hall. The Schneider Brothers Building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Lambert's gives BBQ a gourmet twist with oak smoked and oak grilled beef, pork, chicken and seafood. Lambert's often has live music upstairs and has a small dance floor. Lambert's has been featured on the Food Network show "Meat and Potatoes" with host Rahm Fama.

Live Oak Barbecue

Location: 
2713 E. 2nd Street
Austin, TX 78702
Phone: (512) 524-1930

Live Oak Barbecue is one of Austin's newer BBQ restaurants and features patio dining on picnic tables on Austin's East side. Pit master Tom Spaulding has been cooking barbecue for 10 years, including a stint at Ruby's BBQ. Live Oak BBQ serves meat by the pound on butcher paper without plates. The menus is traditional Texas-style barbecue including brisket, sausage, ribs, pork steak, chicken, pinto beans, potato salad, cole slaw, and cucumber salad. The barbecue sauce is a vinegar based red type mop sauce. Live Oak Barbecue also serves beer by the bottle, wine singles and retro and Mexican sodas.

Louie Mueller Barbecue

Location: 
206 West 2nd Street
Taylor, TX
Phone: (512) 352-6206

Opened in 1949 in Taylor, Texas by Louie Mueller, Louie Mueller Barbecue made it's first appearance in Texas Monthly Magazine in 1976 and has been written about in countless magazine articles since. Louie Mueller Barbecue has been a set location for three feature films, profiled in several documentaries and featured in Food Network "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" with Guy Fieri. Louie Mueller Barbecue was also named "Official Best Barbecue in Texas" in 2008. Inside the smokey interior of Louie Mueller BBQ are meats sold by the slice or by the pound on butcher paper. BBQ sauce, sliced bread or crackers, pickels and onions are sides that come along with the meat. World famous Austin guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn and his older brother Jimmy Vaughn did a photo shoot for their album “Family Style” at Louie Mueller BBQ shortly before the untimely passing of Stevie Ray Vaughn in a helicopter crash in 1990.

Meyer's Elgin Smokehouse

Location: 
188 E. Hwy. 290
Elgin, TX
Phone: (512) 281-3331
The recipe for the famous Meyer's Elgin Sausage originally came from Germany with Henry Meyer in the late 1800s. Henry's son R.G. founded Meyer’s Sausage Company in 1949. Today, Meyer’s Sausage Company and Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse is the self-proclaimed "Cue-topia of Texas" and is run by the fourth generation of the Meyer family. A favorite at Meyer's is the three-meat combo, which may include two links of beef sausage, a couple slices of smoked turkey, two pork ribs, barbecue sauce, German-style potato salad, very spicy beans, a pickle slice and a medium-sized drink for less than $12. Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse is located on US Hwy 290, 24 miles east of Austin.

Ruby's Barbecue

Location: 
512 West 29th Street
Austin, TX
Phone: (512) 477-1651

A long time University of Texas area favorite since 1988, Ruby's BBQ has pit smoked BBQ from natural all beef brisket. The pits at Ruby's BBQ in Austin TX are the only brick pits in Austin Texas still used to smoke BBQ. Ruby's BBQ also has vegetarian items and other non-traditional side dishes for BBQ.

Rudy Mikeska's Bar-B-Q

Location: 
300 W. 2nd Street
Taylor, TX
Phone: (512) 365-3722

Originally immigrants from Czechoslovakia, the Mikeska family settled in the farming coimmunity of Taylor at the end of the 19th century. The family meat business began in the 1920's and after World War II Rudy Mikeska began a catering business at the Taylor Country Club and became famous for his high profile clients including President Lyndon Johnson, State Senators, US Congressman, Hollywood actors, and the British Royal family. In the fifties and sixties, Rudy and his brothers opened BBQ stands all over Central Texas. In 1971, Rudy Mikeska combined all his businesses into one massive restaurant and catering complex in Taylor, Texas known as Rudy Mikeska's Bar-B-Q. Texas Monthly Magazine named the Mikeska family The First Family of Texas Barbecue. Mikeska's Bar-B-Q has been featured on numerous network and cable television programs including the Food Networks Food Nations Program with chef host Bobby Flay, PBS, the Discovery, the CBS Early Show and the Travel Channel with Chef Andrew Zimmern. The restaurant in downtown Taylor is now closed, but Mikeska brand meat products are available online and the Mikeska family still operates restaurants in Temple, Belton, Cameron, Killeen, El Campo and Columbus, Texas.

Rudy´s Country Store and Bar-B-Q

Location: 
2451 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.
Austin, TX
Phone: 512-329-5554

Rudy's “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q began in the small community of Leon Springs outside of San Antonio in 1989. Rudy's Bar-B-Q is a dry spice rub BBQ style smoked with oak wood in pits.

Salt Lick

Location: 
18001 FM 1826
Driftwood, TX
Phone: (512) 858-4959

The original Salt Lick in Driftwood, Texas is an internationally known Austin Bar B Que restaurant and has been featured numerous times on television programs on the Food Network and the Travel Channel. The Salt Lick was started in 1967 in the hill country outside of Austin by Thurman Roberts, Sr. and his wife Hisako T. Roberts on the ranch where Thurman Sr. was born. The Salt Lick has expanded over the years with space to accomodate weddings and corporate functions and is operated today by their son Scott. The famous Salt Lick BBQ menu is meat cooked slowly in a wood fired open pit accompanied by a sweet BBQ sauce and Asian style cole slaw. The original Salt Lick in Driftwood is about a 45 minute drive from downtown Austin. There can be an hour to two hour wait for seating and there is no alcohol license at the Driftwood restaurant, but you can bring your own and many patrons choose to pass the time waiting for a table sitting outdoors with an ice chest of libations. On weekends there is often live music.

Sam's Bar-B-Cue

Location: 
2000 East 12th Street
Austin, TX
Phone: (512) 478-0378

Sam's Bar-B-Cue is open until 10 PM Sunday through Thursday and is open after hours Friday and Saturday nights until 3 AM. Besides being a downtown late night eatery on the east side, Sam's BBQ is also close to many Austin historical sites frequented by visitors during the day, including the Texas State Cemetary and the LBJ Library. Sam's Bar-B-Cue has been voted best barbecue in Austin over the years many times in the Austin Chronicle Reader's Poll and is known for it's brisket, ribs, chicken and mutton. Owner Dan Mays purchased Sam's Bar-B-Cue many years ago from the original Sam, who owned the nightclub next door. Mays was known as Sam ever since. His daughters Waunda and Kay run Sam's now. Besides the homemade barbecue sauce, plates are served with a sweet, Southern-style potato salad and spicy beans. The late guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan was a devoted Sam's customer, even making some long distance call in orders for Sam's specialties while he was on the road.

Smitty's Market

Location: 
208 South Commerce Street
Lockhart, TX
Phone: (512) 398-9344
Nina Schmidt Sells established Smitty's Market in 1999 in the building that housed her father's Kreuz Market for more than 50 years. The market sits in the same location where barbecue has been sold in Lockhart since the turn of the last century. Smitty's Market features brisket, coarsely ground handmade sausage,pork chops and boneless prime rib. Meats are sold by the pound on butcher paper without sauce. Lockhart is about a 45 minute drive outside of Austin.

Southside Market and BBQ

Location: 
1212 Highway 290 East
Elgin, TX
Phone: (512) 281-4650
Southside Market & Barbeque was founded in 1882 and changed hands several times until 1968 when it was purchased by the Bracewell family. Since then, three generations of the Bracewell family have prepared the 100% beef coarse ground sausage with black pepper, and cayenne known as Elgin Hot Sausage. The hot in hot sausage refers to the way it's smoked, not it's spiciness. All of the meat at Southside Market & Barbeque is slow-cooked on a pit using real Texas Post Oak wood and served both by the pound on butcher paper and as part of a plated meal. The menu includes the famous Original Elgin Beef Sausage, beef brisket, beef ribs, beef steaks, pork spareribs, baby back pork ribs, pork steaks, chicken and mutton. After a meal a hand-dipped cone of Blue Bell ice cream is available at the ice cream counter. Elgin is a 45 minute drive from Austin.

Stubb's Bar-B-Q Restaurant

Location: 
801 Red River Street
Austin, TX
Phone: (512) 480-8341

Stubbs BBQ Restaurant is one face of the multi level entertainment corporation C-3, the same folks behind the Austin City Limits Festival. The original C.B. Stubblefield was a Black Korean War vet who opened a BBQ stand in Lubbock, Texas in 1968 across from the county fairgrounds. He apparently made some really good BBQ in the hickory pit behind his place and filled the jukebox with vintage blues music. Unfortunate circumstances led him to Austin, Texas in 1985 and he began to sell BBQ outside of Antone's Blues Nightclub and eventually opened a restaurant in Austin on Interstate 35 in 1986. After Stubblefield died in 1995 his name and likeness was purchased for the current incarnation of Stubbs BBQ Restaurant on Red River. Besides having indoor restaurant seating for the BBQ restaurant, Stubb's is also an 1800-seat stone ampitheatre that hosts a variety of rock, blue grass, punk, reggae and other music acts including such artists as Rebelution, Counting Crows, Blue October and Pete Yorn. Stubb's BBQ also has a separate indoor stage that often features Austin area musicians. Sundays there is a gospel brunch with live Gospel music and a southern-style buffet with grits, migas, fried catfish, and brisket.

Vic's Bar-B-Que and Catering

Location: 
3502 Burleson Road
Austin, TX
Phone: (512) 445-4250
A local hole in the wall, Vic's Bar-B-Que and Catering serves oak smoked chicken, ribs, brisket, Elgin sausage and daily meat specials on the southeast side of Austin. Vic's also serves breakfast tacos and caters.

 

 

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