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Kerlin BBQ Named Best Barbecue in the Country

Don’t worry, Franklin also made the list.

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Kerlin BBQ
Kerlin BBQ
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

East Austin barbecue trailer and kolache masters Kerlin BBQ was named the best in the country in Johnny Fugitt's new book The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America, according to Man Up Texas BBQ. The Missouri-born writer visited 365 restaurants in every state minus Hawaii and Alaska for a year. To finalize his rankings, he told Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn in September that he "put together a rubric where I have so many points for meat, sides, sauces, service, price, and what I call ‘the barbecue it factor.’"

It was Kerlin's brisket that won him over, according to a press release. Franklin, Blue Ox (which is still looking for a new location), Freedmen's, Valentina's Tex-Mex, and Black's Barbecue in Lockhart also made the list. The book is now available for purchase.


2402 San Gabriel Street, , TX 78705 (512) 220-0953 Visit Website

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ [Relocated]

7612 Brodie Lane, Austin, TX 78745 (512) 363-8520 Visit Website

Franklin Barbecue

900 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 653-1187 Visit Website

Kerlin BBQ

2207 East Cesar Chavez Street, , TX 78702 (512) 412-5588 Visit Website