Ultimate Guide to Austin BBQ: 15+ Must Try Spots!

A Story By

In case you were in search of it, here it is. This is the Ultimate Guide to Austin BBQ! We donโ€™t take smoked meats lightly around here, after all, we do live in Texas!

So, if you’re in the mood for fall-off-the-bone ribs, slow-smoked brisket, cheesy mac n cheese, or the sweetest banana pudding, these Austin BBQ joints will not disappoint. Looking to try something different? Weโ€™ve got it covered here too! Did someone say Fried Shrimp Poboys, Brisket Kerlaches, and Chopped Salads?ย 

Keep reading and find your new favorite BBQ go-to!

Guide To Austin Bbq

Franklin BBQ

Franklin BBQ has topped barbecue lists for years which is why it is only right we have it at the top of our list.

Known for their beef ribs that are almost impossible to get, due to the high asking volume. Be sure to get there early to get your chance to try ’em (or their other delicious meats and sides).

Pro Tip: Most people camp out as early as 5-6am to be able to get some of the delicious goodness. It’s great to go in groups, to take turns guarding your spot.

๐Ÿ—“ TUEโ€“SUN | 11AMโ€“2PM (or until sold out)ย 
๐Ÿ“ 900 E 11th St Austin, TX 78702

Guide To Austin Bbq

Terry Black's Barbecue

You can’t beat the outdoor seating and perfect Texas ‘cue that Terry Black’s has to offer. Enjoy a late lunch after a nice day at Barton Springs or Zilker Park with friends and family.ย 

๐Ÿ—“ SUNโ€“THUR | 10:30AMโ€“9:30PM
๐Ÿ—“ FRI & SAT | 10:30AMโ€“10PM
๐Ÿ“ 1003 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78704

Guide To Austin Bbq

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

Enjoy delicious BBQ and house-made sides while drinking your choice of craft beer.ย Want to switch it up a bit from bbq? Everything on their menu is EXTRA delicious. Let’s talk about those Sticky Icky Wings, Fried Shimp PoBoys, Steak Fingers, and sooo many more. Be sure to save room for the tasty, homemade peach cobbler and ice cream!

๐Ÿ—“ TUEโ€“THU | 11AMโ€“8PM
๐Ÿ—“ FRI & SAT | 11AMโ€“8:30PM
๐Ÿ—“ SUN | 11AMโ€“8PM
๐Ÿ“ 6610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78757ย 
๐Ÿ“ 800 W Whitestone Blvd Suite A-1, Cedar Park, TX 78613

Guide To Austin Bbq

la Barbecue

If you’re looking for some of the best sausage, La Barbecue is the answer. While you’re there, don’t miss out on their amazing barbecue sandwiches like El Sancho Loco or la Frito Loco!ย 

New Menu Item alert! Devour and warm your soul up with the Chopped Brisket Ramen.

๐Ÿ—“ WEDโ€“SUN | 11AMโ€“6PM
๐Ÿ“ 2027 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin TX, 78702

Guide To Austin Bbq

Black's Barbecue Austin

The original barbecue joint is located in Lockhart, Texas, and has been around for three generations. The family owners have expanded their location to Austin, and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

Located right outside of campus, enjoy the taste of UT Longhorn life paired with some great tasting brisket and ribs.ย 

๐Ÿ—“ SUNโ€“THU | 11AMโ€“9PM
๐Ÿ—“ FRIโ€“SAT | 11AMโ€“10PM
๐Ÿ“ 3110 Guadalupe St Austin, TX 78705

Guide To Austin Bbq


Lamberts offers Austin the finer side of BBQ with creative menu items and offers live music often! How about those Happy Hour specials? Monday through Friday from 4-6pm at the Bar and half-priced Whiskey and Ribs on Mondays!

Enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch or dinner plate with an extensive cocktail, wine, and beer list. You don’t want to miss this spot while in Austin. Trying to eat healthier? The Marjorie’s Chopped Salad is always refreshing!

๐Ÿ—“ MON – SUN | 11AMโ€“10PM
๐Ÿ“ 401 W 2nd St Austin, TX 78701

Guide To Austin Bbq

LeRoy & Lewis Barbecue

LeRoy & Lewis offers up the most diverse BBQ in Austin in our opinion. Not only is the barbecue near perfection, but their variety of sides make this place an Austin icon.

When visiting, be sure to try their kale caesar slaw, pork hash, and rice as slides. For dessert, we recommend their Cheddar Cheesecake.

Come here for a new type of BBQ experience!

๐Ÿ—“ WEDโ€“SUN | 11AMโ€“9PM
๐Ÿ“ 121 Pickle Rd Austin, TX 78704

Untitled Design 68 1 1 Ultimate Guide To Austin Bbq: 15+ Must Try Spots! 2022

Iron Works Barbecue

Located in a historic, former iron shop, this BBQ eating experience is made by its location (and tasty BBQ, of course)! ย 

Order by the plate or pound, and don’t miss out on the wine and beer list.ย 

๐Ÿ—“ MONโ€“SAT | 11AMโ€“9PM
๐Ÿ“ 100 Red River, Austin, TX

Guide To Austin Bbq

Brown's Bar-B-Que

Brown’s Bar-B-Que is located in a food truck parked next to Corner Bar on South Lamar Boulevard. They’ve got you covered with tasty brisket, chicken, and dutch oven peach cobbler.ย 

๐Ÿ—“ TUES – SAT | 11AMโ€“7PM
๐Ÿ—“ SUN | 11AMโ€“5PM
๐Ÿ“ 1901 South Lamar Boulevard Austin, TX 78704

Guide To Austin Bbq
Guide To Austin Bbq

Kerlin BBQ

Kerlin BBQ never disappoints. Head here to get a well-rounded meal and a great Texas atmosphere. You can get some traditon bbq or switch things up with a frito pie topped with brisket! How about trying a few delicious Kerlaches? Honestly, we could have about 100 of them!

๐Ÿ—“ FRIโ€“SUN | 11AMโ€“3PM (or until sold out)
๐Ÿ“ 1700 E Cesar Chavez St Austin, TX 78702

Guide To Austin Bbq

The Salt Lick BBQ

Located in Driftwood visitors can take in the Texas Hill Country while enjoying a delicious meal. From time to time, they offer live music and have a cool Kid’s Ranch. It’s great for the kiddos to play around while you wait for your spot and get to devour your yummy brisket! Did we mention it’s dog-friendly?

This popular spot for locals and visitors, the Salt Lick is BYOB so guests can bring coolers full of wine and beer to enjoy with their meal or you can purchase some on site. And in case you’re a little hungry and the wait time is high, they now offer snacks for purchase!

There are also locations in Round Rock and at Austin-Bergstrom Airport but we enjoy and love the vibes at Driftwood!

๐Ÿ—“ SUNโ€“THUR | 11AMโ€“9PM
๐Ÿ—“ FRI & SAT | 11AMโ€“10PM
๐Ÿ“ 18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619

Other BBQ Spots We Love Around Austin

BBQ in East Austin, 7 Spots to Enjoy Today!

Bbq In East Austin

BBQ in Downtown Austin Thatโ€™s Finger Licking Good

Bbq In Downtown Austin

Looking for more?

Donโ€™t forget toย saveย orย bookmark this guide. That way youโ€™ll be able to reference it when you’re looking for the Ultimate Guide to Austin BBQ! (Finger-lickin’ good!)

If youโ€™re looking for more events and things to do in Austin check out theย UNATION website. Thereโ€™s something there for everyone!ย  If you want to follow theย Stuff to Do in Austinย adventures, be sure to follow us onย Instagram,ย Twitter,ย TikTok, andย Facebook!
Samantha Sanchez

Samantha Sanchez

Samantha is a UNATION team member and author of the Stuff to Do City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do near you, subscribe for updates and follow be sure to follow us on social!