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Best BBQ in Austin, Texas

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The skinny on Austin's BBQ scene. Some of Texas' finest barbecue can be found in Austin, from classic, no-frills to the ones with an Austin twist.
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900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702, USA
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"Franklin Barbecue in Austin may be the most popular barbecue joint in the world," says Daniel Vaughn, the barbecue editor for Texas Monthly. "It actually made the local news when the line was short due to crazy cold temperatures. They make my...
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18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619, USA
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I have dreams about the family style BBQ from the Salt Lick, it's that good. Located beneath the oak trees in a sprawling space in Driftwood, Texas, it is the perfect place to gather with friends and family and celebrate all things Texan. On the...
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206 W. Second Street, Taylor, TX 76574, USA
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"This would be where I eat my last BBQ meal," says Daniel Vaughn, barbecue editor of Texas Monthly. "It's a beautiful old building without heat or A/C, and they're known for giant peppery beef ribs. It's like going to meat mass at a barbecue...
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2402 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705, USA
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Tucked way in West Campus in an awesome converted home; Freedmen's is a laid-back lounge, beer garden, and smokehouse serving barbecue and retro-inspired cocktails. Happy Hour is from 4 to 7 pm, Tuesday through Friday, and includes $2 Lone Star,...
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516 Main St, Lexington, TX 78947, USA
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At this small-town barbecue joint in Lexington, Texas, 78-year-old pit master Tootsie Tomanetz turns out spectacular ribs, chicken, and, of course, brisket, says Daniel Vaughn, barbecue editor of Texas Monthly. Get there early—Snow's is only open...