Austin’s barbecue is a mighty thing indeed. It is both imitated and revered worldwide. People come from near and far to experience it, and for good reason. It’s not just Franklin BBQ that inspires line-waiting devotion. Austin possesses scores of truly exemplary barbecue joints.

In honor of May being National Barbecue Month, read on for a list of some of our favorites AND enter to win $50 gift card to Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q…

Rudy’s Bar-B-Q
Since 1989, Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q has been serving up tasty BBQ throughout the Southwest. Each plate of Rudy’s Bar-B-Q is 100% wood fired with oak and a dry spice that’s perfectly ready when you add their famous “Sause”. Click here for the full menu. Also take note that Rudy’s is serving up Brisket Breakfast Tacos for a limited time!

photo from Rudy’s Facebook page

EastSide Tavern
Boasting a diverse menu assembled by BBQ aficionado Cade Mercer and offering a rustic-yet-modern eating environment, EastSide Tavern is perfectly positioned to become one of Austin’s best new BBQ hangouts. Menu highlights include the Brisket + Cheddar Tater Tots, the Seasonal Gulf Seafood Tacos, and the pulled pork. However, the tavern’s hidden ace lies deep in the depths of their menu: the indomitable Heartstopper Burger, a gargantuan stack of brisket, pulled pork, sausage, bacon, jalapeno, onions, and queso. Heed the warning: as the name would imply, it’s not for the faint of heart.

Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue
Recently placed on Texas Monthly‘s esteemed list of Best New Barbecue,Brotherton’s Black Iron is worth the drive up to Pflugerville. We recommend the Brisket Grilled Cheese sandwich – it’s worth every penny and then some. Other nontraditional BBQ eats include a moist and spicy Brisket and Kimchi Bahn Mi and a Texas Reuben – or you can just go market-style and order meat by the pound.

LeRoy & Lewis
New school BBQ and old school service come together at LeRoy & Lewis, one of the newest (and best) BBQ places in town. The creative sides and delicious BBQ at this trailer are all made from locally sourced ingredients from nearby farms and ranches. The mac and cheese is a crowd favorite and will definitely stick to your ribs – get it as a side with the peppery beef cheeks.

Photo from the LeRoy & Lewis website

Franklin BBQ
Yes, Franklin BBQ is every bit as delicious as the magnanimous reputation that precedes it. The brisket is succulent. Each and every menu item is bursting with painstakingly tuned flavor. If you’re willing to wait in their line, we can assure you that Franklin is worth each moment spent waiting for it.

Iron Works
People love Iron Works BBQ‘s seasoning, rubs, and sauces so much that they went ahead and started bottling and selling it. That should give some indication as to the quality of the flavors that this Red River St. restaurant contains within. Whatever Iron Works is doing, it’s working.

La Barbecue
While it honors Bobby Mueller’s legacy, La Barbecue is proud to have recipes uniquely its own. This spot also boasts the awesome fact that they source their beef from a local ranch, where it’s lovingly grass-fed and completely free of hormones. Trust us—you’ll taste the difference.

Photo from La Barbecue’s Facebook page

This Austin smokehouse is a bit different. Here you’ll find a blend of an Asian smokehouse and classic Texas barbecue, lovingly crafted by the culinary geniuses behind Uchi (Chef Tyson Cole) and Franklin Barbecue (Aaron Franklin). The rustic-casual South Lamar location is complete with a large outdoor patio and daily happy hours – it’s a great place to stay a while and work your way up to the meat with drinks and inventive appetizers.

Cooper’s Barbecue
This family owned and operated restaurant has long been a barbecue destination in Llano, and Cooper’s opened their first Austin location at 217 Congress in 2014, bringing a taste of Texas Hill Country BBQ to downtown Austin. In addition to the ‘cue you can get frozen margaritas, beer, wine, and cocktails.

Slab BBQ
There’s nothing wrong with injecting a little regional variety into barbecue, and Slab BBQ & Beer makes a perfect case for this. Slab serves as a delicious crossover between traditional Texas barbecue and diverse flavors found from Memphis, the Carolinas, and Alabama. Take note that every Wednesday is Family Night where kids (ages 12 & under) eat for free from 4pm – close.

Photo from the Slab BBQ Facebook page

Rollin Smoke BBQ
Fifth generation Texan and Pitmaster Kyle Stallings has been operating this barbecue trailer on East 6th Street for about four years. Rollin Smoke is open weekly during the evening serving BBQ sandwiches, tacos, and more, and open for lunch for Friday and Saturday all the way till 3 am.

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
The Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew team is led by owner Shane Stiles and pitmaster Lance Kirkpatrick, who has over fifteen years of industry experience. The eatery set in the historic Violet Crown Shopping Center on N. Lamar, designed to host a nostalgic atmosphere that transcends back to the old Austin neighborhood-style eatery which combines exceptional Texas BBQ, great atmosphere, and cold Texas craft brews.

Black Box Barbecue
Did we mention it’s John Mueller’s Black Box Barbecue? That’s right! This place is owned by notorious pitmaster John Mueller. The entire menu at Black Box is mouthwateringly good, from the cheesy squash to brisket sandwiches and pork ribs.

Micklethwait Craft Meats
Micklethwait Craft Meats is a small trailer with a lot of heart. Well, technically it’s a small trailer with a lot of BBQ. Not one to be deterred by its relatively compact size, Micklethwait offers a selection of meats and sides worthy of a much larger brick and mortar location.

Photo from the Micklethwait Facebook page

–> WIN a $50 gift card to use at any Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ location. 

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