Below is a list of the top and leading BBQ Restaurants in Austin. To help you find the best BBQ Restaurants located near you in Austin, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Austin’s Best BBQ Restaurants:
The top rated BBQ Restaurants in Austin are:
- Terry Black’s Barbecue – is born and raised in Lockhart, Texas
- Stiles Switch BBQ – offers cozy private room
- Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ – is a family-owned business
- Micklethwait Craft Meats – was founded in 2012 by pitmaster Tom Micklethwait
- Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que – is a home of the original world-famous Big Chop
Terry Black’s Barbecue
Terry Black’s Barbecue is born and raised in Lockhart, Texas, Terry Black passed down generations of barbecue knowledge learned from his experience in the Lockhart BBQ scene. His twin sons Michael and Mark Black bring their very own style of Central Texas BBQ from Lockhart to Austin and now to you and your family to enjoy. When it comes to catering legendary Texas BBQ, nobody brings it home quite like Terry Black’s BBQ. They currently offer large pickup orders, delivery, and full-scale catering. Let them know what interests you and they will get in touch by email.
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“Are you tired of dry, sad brisket? Do you yearn for ribs that have more meat than bone? Would you like sausage than isn’t old and limp? Search no further than Terry Black’s. The brisket is just the right mix of lean and fatty, with a peppery black crust lining the edge. The pork ribs don’t need any BBQ sauce – they are thick, juicy, and exploding with flavor. The sausage is juicy and has a perfect snap. Don’t forget their incredible Mac n Cheese – it ain’t no Kraft. Do yourself a favor and go to Terry Black’s. You will not be disappointed.” – Paul G.
Stiles Switch BBQ
Stiles Switch BBQ team is lead by Taylor, Texas native, and owner Shane Stiles along with lead pitmaster Lance Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick brings over 15 years of industry experience and an impressive resume to the establishment. Shane’s inspiration for Stiles Switch BBQ is acquired from his admiration of the Texas BBQ Legends, Shane was raised on growing up in Central Texas.
In their cozy private room they serve up their famous BBQ family-style for up to 85 guests and you choose the menu. Incorporated in this full-service dining experience, you will have a committed wait staff together with a private bar with a bartender to serve your guests selections of wine and beer.
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“Outstanding BBQ. Definitely do not judge this book by its cover. Not much to look at from the outside but oh my the inside. Great flavorful BBQ tangy sauce with a kick. Seasoned French fries are outstanding. The brisket was meaty and tender. Beer and soft drinks are available. One of these opened near us and has been standing room only ever since. Give it a try you’ll like it.” – Jim B.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ is a family-owned business. Miguel has always had a great love for family, and in his family that also came with a love for food. He has spent the past 17 years in the service industry where Miguel has taken his family values and applied them to his work environment. Credit is given highly to his tightly-knit family who prides themselves on cooking great food for every occasion.
Miguel and his wife Modesty run the trailer from day-to-day. The Vidal family strongly encourages love and passion for family and friends. It has been a long-standing family tradition to BBQ at get-togethers and holidays, where every family member plays a role in creating the menu and preparing the made from scratch foods. Fresh hand-rolled flour tortillas, spicy salsa, avocado, cilantro, and lime are a family favorite when it comes to accompanying the BBQ. He brings this spirit and tradition to Valentina’s.
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“Angel and the staff took great Care of us. We really appreciated you looking out on the brisket and it was 86ed. Best Bbq we’ve had in a minute.” – Drae W.
Micklethwait Craft Meats
Micklethwait Craft Meats was founded in 2012 by pitmaster Tom Micklethwait, it offers an oak-fired Central Texas barbecue served from a vintage Comet trailer nestled in the heart of East Austin. They pride themselves on serving high-quality smoked meats, inventive sausages, made-from-scratch sides, and fresh baked goods.
Micklethwait Craft Meats is fiercely dedicated and independent of integrity, top quality, and good humor. With a catered buffet, their experienced staff handles every element of setup, service, and breakdown. They take special care in the preparation and transport of your menu choices, ensuring the highest quality so you can enjoy your event.
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“Definitely one of the best BBQ places in Austin, up there with La Barbeque and Franklin’s. The brisket is amazing, as it has to be at this level, but what really surprised me was the pulled pork. It’s hard to find high-quality pork BBQ in Texas, but you won’t go wrong here.” – Matthew W.
Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que
Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que is honored to be one of the best in the barbecue business and home of the original world-famous Big Chop. The Wootan & Cooper Family has provided its bbq to hundreds of thousands of hungry diners over the years at its family-owned and operated restaurant. Today, you can get a taste of Texas Hill Country BBQ that restaurant reviewers have raged about. It features a live music stage, a rooftop garden, and a beautiful oak-shaded back patio. They provide fully staffed, offsite catering for 100 people or more and drop-off catering for smaller groups.
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“This was so amazing. Best BBQ that we were able to try on our short trip to Austin. Had the brisket (moist) and beef ribs. Can’t speak to the other meats, but based on the BBQ we did get to try I’d think it would be safe to say you can’t go wrong. Also, the peach cobbler was tasty as well” – Jonathan R.
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