Come for the essential brisket, pork ribs and sausage, but stay for the sides (and occasionally, the free beer). At this East Side trailer, surrounded by a few simple picnic tables with some enormous old trees for shade, it’s the chipotle coleslaw—zestier than most with a kick to match the house-made chipotle sausage—and fresh black bean salad (complete with corned, diced tomatoes, onions, cilantro and serranos) that raise the total-package bar a cut above. Perhaps it’s also the humble, genuinely friendly nature of 21-year-old pitmaster Dylan Taylor (raised in Arlington, Texas, but cooking in Austin for almost three years) that gives La Barbecue’s meats the highest-quality edge. Or it could be that dash of granulated garlic they add to the traditional salt and pepper rub. “Central Texas BBQ is definitely its own style, but within that you have a lot of different flavors,” says Taylor. “Ours is more southern-rooted—we flirt with the line of tradition by adding chipotle to a few things. We try to look at the whole package…BBQ isn’t just sliced brisket. It’s a whole beautiful tray with all the sides and homemade ingredients: the bigger picture.” In any case, there clearly isn’t a lack of reasons why no one in ATX cooks it up better. Just make sure to arrive early—when the meat sells out, they close for the day.
|Venue name:||La Barbecue|
1906 E Cesar Chavez St
|Cross street:||at Chicon St|
|Opening hours:||Wed-Sun 11am-6pm (or sold out)|
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