Announcing The Austin Chronicle’s Battle of the Briskets!

30 local brisket masters compete for Best Brisket in Austin title

Whether you're sampling these menus for the first time or revisiting old favorites, go eat the brisket and vote for your favorite starting June 7 at

Stay tuned for more details on each of the following 30 contenders in next week's Battle of the Briskets issue, where we'll also announce the divisions. In the June 15 issue, we'll name the Division Champions and have even more barbecue-related content. Finally, on June 22, we'll award the overall champion with the coveted Best Brisket in Austin title.

Where do you, dear reader, come in? Just visit these local favorites and take notes on which spot's brisket is the most tender, boasts the best bark, and totally nails that smoked beef flavor. Vote for your top choice in each division starting on June 7.

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The Contenders

Black’s BBQ – 3110 Guadalupe, 78705

Brown’s Bar-B-Que – 1901 S. Lamar, 78704

Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que – 217 Congress Ave, 78701

Donn’s BBQ – 2617 S. I-35, 78741

Franklin Barbecue – 900 E. 11th, 78702

Freedmen’s – 2402 San Gabriel, 78705

Green Mesquite BBQ – 9900 S. I-35 Ste. M-700, 78748

House Park Bar-B-Que – 900 W. 12th, 78703

Iron Works BBQ – 100 Red River, 78701

J. Leonardi’s Barbeque – 1124 E. 11th, 78702

Keith’s BBQ – Check their website for daily locations.

Kerlin BBQ – 1700 E. Cesar Chavez, 78702

la Barbecue – 2027 E. Cesar Chavez, 78702

Lamberts – 401 W. Second, 78701

LeRoy and Lewis Barbeque – 121 Pickle Rd., 78704

Louie’s BBQ – 4329 S. Congress, 78745

Micklethwait Craft Meats – 1309 Rosewood, 78702

Oakwood Barbecue – 307 E. Braker, 78753

Pok-e-Jo's Smokehouse – 4109 Capital of Texas Hwy. S. Ste. 100-B, 78704

Rogers Boyz BBQ – 804 E. Braker, 78753

Rollin Smoke BBQ – 1501 E. Sixth, 78702

Sam’s BBQ –2000 E. 12th, 78702

Scotty’s BBQ – 2730 E. Cesar Chavez, 78702

SLAB BBQ & Beer – 7101 Hwy. 71 W., 78735

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew – 6610 N. Lamar, 78752

Stubb’s – 801 Red River, 78701

Terry Black’s Barbecue – 1003 Barton Springs Rd., 78704

Texas Ranch BBQ – 3632 S. Congress, 78704

Uncle Billy’s Brewery & Smokehouse – 1530 Barton Springs Rd., 78704

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ – 11500 Manchaca Rd., 78748

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