9300-F S. I-35, 512/282-7427
Hours: Mon.-Thu., 4-10pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 11am-10pm
Stop by for melt-in-your-mouth ribs. Warm up with an order of Rattlesnake Bites. Hire a driver.
If Mom's barbecue sauce doesn't bring you back, Joe Bob's Beans will. You'll also feast on ribs, brisket, sausage, turkey, ham, and even barbecued bologna.
7811 S. First, 512/444-2333
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.
2617 I-35, 512/382-6720
Valentina's serves two of Austin's great loves out of one truck: Tex-Mex and barbecue. That means you can have smoked brisket in a sandwich with mesquite barbecue sauce, or lovingly wrapped in a hand-rolled tortilla with tomato serrano salsa. (Just get both.) Don't sleep on the breakfast tacos, served until 11am.
11500 Manchaca Rd., 512/221-4248