There’s a time and place to wait in line at a food truck for award winning brisket. However, there’s also a time and place to drive to a gas station and have a tray of freshly sliced barbecue in front of you in less than five minutes. When you’re after the latter, go to Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q. It’s the only fast food option on this list, and it’s perfect for when you want to avoid all the BS that often comes with getting barbecue in Austin.
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Franklin Barbecue has earned a reputation as the best place for smoked meats in the entire country, and rightfully so.
Loro is an Asian smokehouse from the teams behind Franklin Barbecue and Uchi. And yes, it’s exactly as great as you’d expect.
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The Salt Lick BBQ
The single best overall BBQ experience in Austin (which isn’t actually in Austin) is The Salt Lick.
Micklethwait Craft Meats
Micklethwait is a BBQ trailer in East Austin. It’s not a classic yet, but these guys know what they’re doing.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina’s churns out a beautiful fusion of our city’s greatest cuisines: Tex-Mex and barbecue. It’s absolutely worth the trip to Manchaca.
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