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At the top of most people’s list of things to do in Austin is a visit to one of the city’s top BBQ joints. Or multiple visits. Austin (and nearby San Marcos) is something of a brisket fiend’s Mecca; while we have plenty of time for the fancy dishes and fancy chefs at some of the best restaurants in Austin, it’s the local pitmasters who reign supreme over the city’s food scene. Who among them is pushing out the best BBQ in Austin? The guys at the restaurants below. All insist they’re staying true to the same traditional Central Texas BBQ methods (same wood for smoking, same simple salt and pepper rub with very few added ingredients, generally similar cooking temperatures)—so how do they stand out from the pack? In some cases, it’s the ambience or convenience of a locale, and in others it’s how they present the total package (i.e. the quality or original twists of the sides offered). But most of all, it’s about the care they’re putting into their cooking. Enjoy the best BBQ in Austin…and if you need a refreshing beverage after working up your meat sweats, we’ve got you covered with the best bars in Austin. You’re welcome.