SLAB BBQ & Beer
7101 W. Hwy 71, 512/243-8000
Photo by John Anderson
When asked to describe the style and flavor profile at SLAB (which stands for Slow, Low, and Bangin'), Mark Avalos responds, "It's Memphis meets Carolina meets Texas." Go through a cafeteria-like line and the meats – brisket, pork, sausage, chicken, or St. Louis-style pork ribs – are chopped or sliced to order for sandwiches, wraps, or sliders.
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