12 Mouth Watering Austin BBQ Joints You Have to Try

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In Texas, barbecue isn’t just a food, it’s a way of life. And Austin is all about the meat life. Smoky, saucy, or spicy, look no further than the capital city. There are hundreds of great joints in Austin to satisfy a BBQ craving and here are just a few in no particular order of greatness.

1. Stubb’s BBQ

Live Music at Stubb's BBQ

Photo: Flickr/ Nan Palmero

The history of Stubb’s is as steeped in live music as the city of Austin. Honing his skills as a mess sergeant in the army, C.B. “Stubbs” Stubblefield opened his first restaurant in Lubbock back in 1968 where up-and-coming blues singers would sing for their supper. After relocating to Austin in the mid-80s, Stubbs upheld the tradition of saucy BBQ with a side of blues.

2. Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ


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Originally a country store providing all the necessities of life, barbecue was wisely added to Rudy’s Country Store’s list of amenities in 1989. Now there are locations all throughout the southwest including four in the Austin area.

3. Chi’lantro’s Korean BBQ

Chi'lantro Korean BBQ Food Truck

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Although a Korean BBQ place may not be the first thing to come to mind when mentioning Texas and BBQ, it certainly shouldn’t be dismissed. Chi’lantro’s brilliant fusion of Korean and Mexican cuisine is worthy of any Austin foodie’s “must eat” list. With four restaurant locations (and another opening in September) plus a food truck, checking this one off the list is easy.

4. The Salt Lick

Salt Lick BBQ Pit

Photo: Flickr/Wally Gobetz

The Salt Lick is certainly one of Austin’s most notable BBQ joints and with good reason. Since 1967, The Salt Lick has been smoking up some of Austin’s best BBQ with classic Hill Country flare. A short drive out of Austin to the original restaurant in Driftwood brings you to the pit where it all began. Be sure to bring your cash and favorite beverage because this place excepts cash only and is BYOB.

5. Micklethwait Craft Meats


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