8.5
ATX

La Barbecue

Perfect For: Big Groups Day Drinking Impressing Out of Towners Lunch Outdoor/Patio Situation
PHOTOS: Sandy Noto

An ignorant, infrequent Austin visitor might try to convince you that La Barbecue is the poor/impatient man’s Franklin. But just because it doesn’t get the same degree of Kanye and Obama-driven press coverage, doesn’t mean it isn’t worth your time. In fact, it’s the opposite - La Barbecue is just as good as Franklin’s, and it’s stirred up quite a frenzy of its own. Consider yourself lucky if you have the chance to eat it, especially if you’re there in time to catch their legendary beef ribs.

Owned by the granddaughter of the Taylor Texas smoked meat legend, Louie Mueller, La Barbecue - like so many other things in this town - started as a small trailer on South 1st street. The pit master came from the aforementioned Franklin BBQ, and they quickly made a name for themselves with their brisket, ribs, and house made sausage.

Today, La Barbecue has an indoor space at the convenience store/restaurant Quickie Pickie. It has indoor seating, air conditioning, and plenty of room, which are all incredible upgrades from the old days of waiting in a long, hot line for your chance at some of Austin’s best BBQ. The brisket and pork ribs here are particularly outstanding, and there’s still a line, but at least it’s more comfortable while you wait. And we saved the best for last: you can skip the line entirely if you pre-order.

Food Rundown

Brisket

So, so, so good. The bark-to-meat ratio is perfect. Go fatty or lean - they’re equally great.

Pulled Pork

Basically perfect. This one is lightly doused in a tangy, vinegary sauce.

Beef Rib

What La Barbecue is most known for. This thing is, in fact, giant - but also ridiculously juicy and flavorful.

Sausage

Sausage is the most underrated BBQ meat. This one is great, with a nice kick to it.

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