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The Salt Lick BBQ

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

Photograph: David Brendan Hall


Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

The Salt Lick, which is technically located just outside of Austin city limits in nearby Driftwood, is the most sought-after local BBQ joint (next to Franklin, maybe) by tourists. The reasons why are somewhat of a mystery. Yes, the fatty brisket is mouthwatering, and the beef ribs have an almost turkey-leg-richness to them. And of course, the authentic Hill Country vibe—screened-in porch seating with large, family-style picnic tables adjacent to the bustling pits—is ideal. But the drive to and from is brutal (don’t plan on drinking with your meal), and every single meat is served sauced, a huge taboo among Central Texas BBQ aficionados. Sauce is fine in some cases, but it needs to remain optional. That said, it’s a fantastic choice for eating late—it’s one of the only BBQ eateries open past 9pm every night of the week.

Written by
David Brendan Hall


18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826
Cross street:
at Camp Ben McCulloch
Opening hours:
Daily 11am–10pm
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