The women-owned pitmasters have taken over as Austin’s go-to for barbecue—you’ll nearly always see lines around the block on weekends and evenings. La Barbecue’s recipes are uniquely their own. They cook their brisket low ‘n’ slow over Texas post oak for 14 to 16 hours for the ultimate melt-in-your-mouth experience that no BBQ shack can rival. The meat is sourced locally, lovingly grass-fed, and completely free of hormones. Come hang on the East Side joint’s patio, surrounded by picnic tables with some enormous old trees for shade, accompanied by something from their hefty beverage menu.
If there’s one kind of cuisine Austin does best, it’s barbecue. Of the many things to do in town, chomping on slabs of meat ranks high on the agenda for tourists and locals alike. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that the brisket here is tender, the ribs juicy, and the sides as flavorful as the main event: corn on the cob, coleslaw, mac & cheese, and green beans, by the pint with extra butter…that’s how we do it in Texas! Austin’s pitmasters are some of the most talented on the restaurant scene. Most utilize Central Texas BBQ traditions like smoking, salt and pepper rubs, and heat, while a few update them with modern twists, all executed with plenty o’ Southern TLC. Ready to get the meat sweats? Here are the best BBQ joints in Austin. When you’re done, you’re gonna want to head to some of Bat City’s best bars for a refreshing beverage or walk off those calories with a hike on one of the many trails.