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A Beginner’s Guide To The Best BBQ In Austin

A crash course in the best BBQ in Austin, TX. Bonus points if you’re willing to wait in line for three hours.

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Your Austin barbecue experience is dependent on one crucial factor: how long you’re willing to wait in line. Many people assume that the quality of barbecue is directly proportional to the time you have to sacrifice for it - but that’s simply not true.

There’s enough excellent BBQ in Austin that you don’t need to spend three hours waiting to get insanely delicious feast of meats. That being said, we understand your need to have that seminal experience. So whether you’re looking for a crash course in Austin BBQ, or you’re looking for a new place to either kill a few hours or get meat into your system immediately, this list has you covered.

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County Line on the Lake

$$$$ 5204 Ranch Road 2222

The County Line makes excellent barbeque. If you’re on a boat in Lake Austin, drive up to the dock and get some. If you’re on 2222, keep driving until you see that massive parking lot. With its festive environment, County Line is great for big groups, graduations, and all those other need-to-please everyone gatherings.

Franklin Barbecue

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BBQ  in  East Austin
$$$$ 900 E 11th St

Franklin Barbecue is unbelievable. Seriously, you may not be able to believe what your mouth is telling your brain, because you’ve probably never had meat that’s been so perfectly smoked. So, yes, Franklin is worth the three-plus hour wait. That being said, if you enjoy eating BBQ regularly, and you’re not self/un-employed, you should probably find a new go-to (start with this list) that you can actually get your hands on in a normal amount of time.

La Barbecue

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SouthernBBQ  in  Holly
$$$$ 2027 E Cesar Chavez St

La Barbecue is also cranking out best-of-the-best barbecue that has stirred up a frenzy of its own. Thanks to the fact that the whole city (and a good portion of the country) knows about La Barbecue by now, the line will definitely be long. Really long. Consider yourself lucky if you have the chance to eat it, especially if you’re there in time to catch their legendary beef ribs.

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Rudy's Country Store & Bar-B-Q

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BBQ  in  Barton Creek
$$$$ 2451 S Capital of Texas Hwy

Located inside a gas station/convenience store, this place serves solid barbecue for great prices. They also make serviceable breakfast tacos if you’re in need. It’s a little outside of the main spectrum of town, but not a far drive with locations north and south.

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

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BBQ  in  AllandaleNorth Loop
$$$$ 6610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78757

Located in the corner of a North Austin shopping center, Stiles is a newer spot that’s already developed a major cult following. The beef ribs and sausage here are must-orders, and the diverse beer selection is a big plus. Avoid at lunch time on most days as the secret is definitely out on this one.

Lambert's Downtown BBQ

$$$$
$$$$ 401 W 2nd St

Lambert’s serves what you would call fancy barbecue. And while BBQ snobs might disagree, we think it’s pretty great. Lambert’s is practically a steakhouse, but hipper, and with food you’ll be more excited to eat. It’s also a great place to watch live music.

House Park BBQ

$$$$ 900 W 12th St

If pulled pork sandwiches are your jam, this is your spot. It feels like a place Coach Taylor might go brood in after a loss, as it’s next to a big high school football stadium.

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