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Kerlin BBQ

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  • East Cesar Chavez
  • price 2 of 4
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended
  1. Photograph: David Brendan Hall
    Photograph: David Brendan Hall
  2. Photograph: David Brendan Hall
    Photograph: David Brendan Hall

Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Though Bill Kerlin and wife Amelis are technically still newbs on the Austin BBQ scene—they relocated here about three years ago from Arizona—their meats are among the most enticing in town. They employ the standard Central Texas methods, and those certainly succeed: post oak makes for less smoke penetration in the brisket and pork, which better preserves the meats’ natural flavors; pork spare ribs feature a pepper-heavy rub and formidable bone-to-meat ratio; and sausage delivered daily from Smokey Denmark’s down the street is spicy-sweet and juicy throughout, without ever crossing into way-too-rich territory. The sauce, however, needs work: it’s a bit too heavy on the apple cider vinegar. And the sides aren’t for everyone; bleu cheese coleslaw will appeal only to the funk-inclined, and the jalapeño-dill potato salad leans a bit too heavily on pickled-zest.

Written by
David Brendan Hall


1700 E Ceasar Chavez
Cross street:
between Chalmers Ave and Chicon St
Opening hours:
Fri–Sun 11am–2pm (or sold out)
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