I can't find any discussion of Live Oak barbecue on the board so I thought I'd share my recent experience.
Straight to the food: we had brisket, sausage and pork ribs. The ribs were our favorite as they were tender and smokey and all around good--not sure I've had a better pork rib inside city limits. The brisket was tender and smokey but was lacking that transcendent quality that elevates Franklin and others into saintly grounds. I enjoyed the sausage more than others in our party. It was lightly packed with a solid spice mix. Note the links are bigger than the typical Elgin style. One is enough for 2-3 people.
They had sauce in a cup that reminded me of Cooper's thin, vinegar tang but overall we found it pretty lacking. They offer throwback Big Red and other real sugar based drinks, plus they have an assortment of beers. We sampled their beans and they were true borracho style as we could taste the yeasty flavor of beer in them.
Overall, I'd give it a B in my rating with the ribs getting to the A- range. Below Franklin but better than most other cue in the city.
As for intangibles, this is barbecue that you can go to and eat and leave in 30 minutes unlike Franklin. We arrived at noon on Saturday and there was no crowd. In fact, given their hours (open until midnight), I'm not positive this is a daytime barbecue place. Has anyone been at time when they are consistently crowded? I saw on twitter they day we went they had some specials (homemade Chorizo and short ribs) that weren't ready until 1pm. Perhaps their best cue comes off the pit at 7 or 8pm? That's worth further investigation.
If you've been, please sure your thoughts--I know heyzeus212 has been since we was part of our group...
Live Oak Barbecue
2713 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78702