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. [Note: This post was updated with closures and new links on January 5, 2018.]
215 N. Main Street, Lockhart
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
A nice drive in the springtime, go for the mesquite barbecue brisket and sausage.
#2 on map
900 E. 11th Street, Austin
Featured on CHOW Tour Austin, it’s a current barbecue hot spot. Get there early.
#3 on map
JMUELLER BBQ — CLOSED (but check out Black Box Barbecue in Georgetown, TX)
1502 S. First Street, Austin
Great barbecue served out of a trailer, and many think it’s the best in town.
#4 on map
619 N. Colorado Street, Lockhart
In the barbecue business for over 100 years, the brisket is served well done but still tender.
#5 on map
LIVE OAK BARBECUE — CLOSED
2713 E. Second Street, Austin
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
Featured on CHOW Tour Austin, go for the tender, juicy brisket.
#7 on map
LULING CITY MARKET
633 E. Davis Street, Luling
The pork ribs and sausage make the drive from Austin worth it.
#8 on map
THE SALT LICK
18300 FM 1826, Driftwood
Draws disparate opinions from locals, but the barbecue sauce is the best around.
#9 on map
208 S. Commerce Street, Lockhart
Venture into this smoky restaurant for perfectly moist brisket.
#10 on map
516 Main Street, Lexington
Worth the trip if you’re ready to start lining up at 9 a.m.
#11 on map
6610 N. Lamar Boulevard, Austin
Great brisket and sausages, it’s a good bet for barbecue within Austin city limits.
#12 on map
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