No one refutes the dominance of Franklin or la Barbecue in the hearts and minds (and tummies) of barbecue lovers both local and nationwide. But what if you need to quench your meat craving and you don't have time for the long lines? The mom-and-pop team at Kerlin (just a hop and a skip away from the big two) has you covered. They may have come from Arizona, but they know a good thing when they see one, and they took to the Central Texas tradition quick. They make superlative sausage and beautifully barked brisket, and you won't want to snooze on their bleu cheese coleslaw and jalapeño dill potato salad.
1700 E. Cesar Chavez, 512/412-5588, www.kerlinbbq.com