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La Barbecue

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

La Barbecue

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.

The newest location on Caesar Chavez is situated in an empty lot, and 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. If you're looking for a more mellow experience, we recommend going early and on a weekday. But if you can't muster that, their meat and six will still definitely be worth the wait, especially with some local beer in hand, which you can grab at one of the convenience stores nearby. For an optimal experience, get a helping of brisket, a scoop of pulled pork, at least one of the sausages, and several beef ribs (or pork if they've run out). Ask for a few slices of Wonder Bread and sides of pickles, onions, and potato salad and you've got yourself a look at an ideal last meal on earth.

Food Rundown


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

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