If you have recently relocated to Austin, you probably already know one of the things Austin is known for is its great selection of Texas style BBQ. If you haven’t ventured out to devour this saucy, meaty, messy Texas delicacy, now is your chance. Check out one or all of these great Austin BBQ joints.

By Kristen Schniederjan

Freedmen’s Bar and Smokehouse

2402 San Gabriel St., Austin, TX 78705

If you are looking for a laid back, unique BBQ experience, Freedmen’s Bar and Smokehouse is your spot. The cocktail lounge-beer garden-smokehouse hybrid restaurant is located in a historical building in West Campus and offers BBQ by the half pound, plated, and on sandwiches. If you are really in for a BBQ treat, try the Holy Trinity Plate featuring brisket, pork spare rib, and house-made sausage.

Franklin Barbecue

900 E. 11th St., Austin, TX 78702

One of Austin’s most famous BBQ joints is Franklin Barbecue. Since it’s known for its long lines and wait times, make sure to plan ahead by claiming a spot in line early as it is only open until they sell out. The BBQ is sold by the pound or on sandwiches and is known to be tender, moist, and “totally worth the wait.” Make sure to try the bourbon banana pie for dessert!

La Barbecue

Aztec Food Park, 1906 E. Ceasar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702

Served up food truck style, La Barbecue is a true BBQ hotspot. The long line is made more bearable with free beer for those 21 years and older and the wait is forgotten once you sink your teeth into a juicy beef rib or in-house made sausage link. BBQ is offered by the pound or in sandwiches. Try the La Frito Loco if you are in for a delicious BBQ sandwich with a twist.

Iron Works BBQ

100 Red River St., Austin, TX 78701

A classic BBQ restaurant, Iron Works BBQ serves plates including your choice of meat, potato salad, beans, pickles, onions, bread, and sauce. Also on the menu is BBQ served by the pound, in sandwiches, or as a family takeout. This joint is a casual BBQ eatery great for family and friends to gather for smoky, meaty BBQ goodness.

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