Austin’s Best BBQ Joints

When it comes to barbecue in Austin, the only thing Chowhounds can agree on is that anyone wanting to find the best should leave time to try as many spots as possible. Behold, in alphabetical order, 12 places that have racked up praise on Chowhound in the past nine months.

BLACK'S BARBECUE
215 N. Main Street, Lockhart
512-398-2712
It's worth a drive just for the beef ribs.
#1 on map

COOPER'S OLD TIME PIT BAR-B-QUE
604 W. Young Street, Llano
325-247-5713
A nice drive in the springtime, go for the mesquite barbecue brisket and sausage.
#2 on map

FRANKLIN BARBECUE
900 E. 11th Street, Austin
512-653-1187
Featured on CHOW Tour Austin, it's a current barbecue hot spot. Get there early.
#3 on map

JMUELLER BBQ
1502 S. First Street, Austin
512-948-8935
Great barbecue served out of a trailer, and many think it's the best in town.
#4 on map

KREUZ MARKET
619 N. Colorado Street, Lockhart
512-398-2361
In the barbecue business for over 100 years, the brisket is served well done but still tender.
#5 on map

LIVE OAK BARBECUE
2713 E. Second Street, Austin
512-524-1930
The great ribs, convenient hours, and central location make this East Austin joint a Chowhound favorite.
#6 on map

LOUIE MUELLER BARBECUE
206 W. Second Street, Taylor
512-352-6206
Featured on CHOW Tour Austin, go for the tender, juicy brisket.
#7 on map

LULING CITY MARKET
633 E. Davis Street, Luling
830-875-9019
The pork ribs and sausage make the drive from Austin worth it.
#8 on map

THE SALT LICK
18300 FM 1826, Driftwood
512-858-4959
Draws disparate opinions from locals, but the barbecue sauce is the best around.
#9 on map

SMITTY'S MARKET
208 S. Commerce Street, Lockhart
512-398-9344
Venture into this smoky restaurant for perfectly moist brisket.
#10 on map

SNOW'S BBQ
516 Main Street, Lexington
979-773-4640
Worth the trip if you're ready to start lining up at 9 a.m.
#11 on map

STILES SWITCH
6610 N. Lamar Boulevard, Austin
512-380-9199
Great brisket and sausages, it's a good bet for barbecue within Austin city limits.
#12 on map

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