Your waitress may resemble a runaway who's lost her clothing, but don't call the cops – just order the ribs.
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.
This place will bring you a platter of sweetly sauced beef ribs, tender brisket, and peppery sausage along with potato salad, coleslaw, and beans until you tell them to please stop.
Best known for chicken and ribs, this place also serves up sides such as macaroni and cheese, fried okra, and onion rings.
One of Austin's favorite barbecue dives – it may look seedy, but the menu is extensive and the food is terrific.
Dishing out huge portions of Southern-style home cooking including jerk pork ribs, pork chops, and amazing sides, Hoover Alexander's neighborhood mainstay still draws crowds.
The Works retains its neighborly charm with modest prices and self-serve beer on ice in tin coolers. You can have the barbecue shipped to your house later if you'd like.
The Pig in a Prom Dress sandwich with a warm Carolina vinegar sauce is stellar, and for dessert, a big-as-my-toddler's-face Butterfinger and chocolate chip cookies. They're on the crunchy side, and they taste like butter and brown sugar had a baby.
This former food trailer is now a full-fledged brick-and-mortar, but they’re still consistently delivering some of the best smoked meats in the city. The sides are real good, too.
Once the historic landmark anchoring Liberty Lunch’s footprint, Lamberts was established in 2006 by Larry McGuire, Tom Moorman Jr., and Will Bridges in the revamped J.P. Schneider Store, built in 1873. Now it's a legit barbecue joint downstairs, and a swanky bar upstairs, complete with a stage for enjoying nightly live music, local beers, and slow smoked barbecue.
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.
Milestone 20th anniversary hitting in 2016, Stubb’s filled the void left by the 1999 closing of Liberty Lunch, itself the local replacement for the Armadillo World Headquarters. Taking its name and recipes from legendary Lubbock cook Christopher “Stubb” Stubblefield, who established the first Stubb’s in his hometown in 1968, the dual-level venue and celebrated barbecue joint boasts indoor and outdoor stages, with the latter holding upward of 2,000 souls. Booked by C3 Presents co-founder Charles Attal and unsung ACL Fest talent doyenne Amy Corbin, both stages host names big (Bob Dylan) and bigger (Metallica).
After putting in some years working the pits at the family's renowned Lockhart temple, brothers Mike and Mark Black struck out to make their mark in Austin. The chopped beef sandwich is perfectly satisfying – piled with tender, flavorful meat that was not too fatty and plenty of pickles. Other standouts: The pork ribs impress, as does the lean brisket.
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