The Kerlins are newbies, but have made a strong showing right off the bat: They use sweet-smelling pecan wood and crank out pork ribs and sausage to die for.
Located in the former Lewis' BBQ, Danny's has begun its own tradition with pork roast, ribs (and tips), chicken, brisket, and all your favorite sides.
1814 Harvey, 512/236-0858
Bite down into some of the juiciest ribs, chicken, brisket, and tenderloin around at the closest family-style barbecue to the fairgrounds. This place also serves a mean breakfast.
10003 FM 969, 512/928-0229
You'd better circle the wagons early if you want to snag some of Aaron Franklin's famous brisket. After an auspicious start as a trailer, this brick-and-mortar location is serving what's regularly called the best barbecue in Texas, if not the country. The Franklins are devoted to producing the best-tasting barbecue they possibly can, and they won’t sacrifice that quality to feed more customers. Try the ribs.
900 E. 11th, 512/653-1187