Popular South Austin barbecue trailer Whitfield’s is back open again after a seemingly long hiatus this year. Now it’s solely under the command of pitmaster and former football player Kasey Studdard, located again at 9001 Brodie Lane in the far south Austin area.
Whitfield’s, which opened in May 2018, stopped operating sometime in February because of “unforeseen circumstances,” which were never detailed. It reopened as of Friday, August 2.
The new menu is much like the original one: barbecue staples like brisket, ribs, pulled pork or chicken, turkey, and sausages by the half-pound or within sandwiches or tacos. Then there are the pickled goods, of which Texas Monthly was a fan when it visited earlier this year, from strawberries to broccoli.
The founding Whitfield’s team included chef Josh Watkins (who briefly ran Chavez in the now-no-longer Radisson Hotel and was the executive chef of the Carillon), Studdard (who was a Longhorn when the football team won the BCS National Championship Game in 2006 and played for the Texans in the NFL), and Scott Fogle (who hailed from Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ and Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew). Watkins left several months after it opened. During the truck’s break, Fogle joined Dripping Springs distillery Treaty Oak Distilling’s restaurant, Alice.
Whitfield’s new hours are from 11 a.m. until sold out, Thursday through Sunday.