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10 BBQ Joints in Austin That Will Quite Possibly Change Your Life

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The BBQ joints in Austin have been deemed some of the best barbeque restaurants in the United States. There’s no denying that the people of Texas know how to cook meat the right way. It may be difficult to decide where to go amidst the sea of barbeque places around the city, so we’ve compiled a list of the ten best BBQ joints in Austin.

10. Kerlin BBQ

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Food stand Kerling BBQ is a meat lover’s paradise. The menu features prime Angus brisket, pork ribs, pork shoulder, and beef hot links. An honorable mention goes out the sides, including blue cheese coleslaw, jalapeno dill potato salad, and creamed corn with chipotle and bacon.

9. John Mueller Meat Co.

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John Mueller Meat Co. serves their BBQ out of a trailer. But don’t let that fool you; their food is of a very high quality. Aside from homemade beef and jalapeno cheese sausages, they offer pork ribs, pork shoulder, brisket, sandwiches, cheesy squash, and pinto beans.  

8. Micklethwait Craft Meats


Also a trailer with outdoor seating, Micklewait Craft Meats wins over customers by serving some of the most unique food in the city. Their menu features pulled goat, brisket frito pie, lemon poppy seed coleslaw, barbacoa, and moon pie.

7. La Barbeque

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Aside from the staples you would expect from a BBQ joint, La Barbeque makes killer sandwiches. La Frito Loco, for example, features pulled pork, chopped beef, chipotle slaw, black bean salad, fritos, cheese, and jalapenos. And that’s all on a single sandwich.

6. Sam’s Bar-B-Cue


It doesn’t get much more old school than Sam’s BBQ. It has all the charm you would expect from a small restaurant that serves up beef, pork ribs, mutton, sausages, and chicken in a no-fuss manner. Don’t forget to get a good look at the pictures that grace the walls of Sam’s Bar-B-Cue to see many famous and friendly faces.

5. Freedmen’s


Located inside a historic building, Freedmen’s is classy yet comfortable and offers customers retro cocktails and smokehouse barbeque. What more could you want? Their menu features three different kinds of brisket, pork spare ribs, house-made sausage, pulled pork, smoked beets and house-made pickles.

4. Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ


You can find Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ trailer behind Star Bar, where they serving up smoked brisket tacos, cerveza beef fajitas, smoked carnitas, pulled pollo tacos, and sandwiches with brisket, pork, and chicken. Their guacamole is something you won’t want to miss out on.

3. Brown’s Bar-B-Que


The Brown’s Bar-B-Que trailer redefines comfort food. You can get your favorite meat by the pound or in both sandwich and wrap form; including turkey, pulled pork, chicken, beef shoulder, sausage, brisket, beef ribs and pork ribs. And as for their desserts, you can choose between banana pudding and peach cobbler.

2. Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew


Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew is a local hotspot thanks to their craft beer and delicious menu options. Stiles Switch delivers on everything you would want out of a BBQ joint; pork loin, turkey breast, brisket, beef chunk ribs, pork spare ribs, spicy and mild sausages, Texas frito pie, and mac and cheese.

1. Franklin BBQ


Franklin BBQ seems to make it’s way on every barbeque list out there. The restaurant’s menu shows you why; they have some of the best brisket, ribs, pulled pork, turkey, and sausage in the country. Usually, a two to five-hour wait for their lunch only serving, the food at Franklin is well worth it.

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