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9 Outstanding Barbecue Sandwiches in Austin

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Some people may prefer combination plates of brisket, ribs, and other proteins to sate their barbecue cravings. However, at many Austin joints, barbecue sandwiches are the most efficient and flavorful pathways to meat coma bliss.

Here are nine of Austin's best barbecue sandwiches, from the iconic Tipsy Texan at Franklin Barbecue to the no-holds-barred behemoth at Slab BBQ to the brisket grilled cheese at Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue. This update includes choices at Interstellar Barbecue and LeRoy & Lewis Barbecue.

For more barbecue needs, look through Eater's picks for essential barbecue, new barbecue, breakfast and brunch barbecue, ribs, sides, desserts, and more. For other sandwiches that aren't necessarily filled with smoked meats, check out Eater's sandwich guide.

Any favorite sandwiches missing from the list? Make a case for it over the tipline or within the comments.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Gangster of Love at Interstellar BBQ

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12233 Ranch Rd 620 N Ste. 105
Austin, TX 78750
(512) 382-6248

Naturally, Noble Sandwich Co.’s far northwest barbecue restaurant would have great barbecue sandwiches. Opt for the Gangster of Love, which is part-barbecue sandwich, part-Frito pie. There’s jalapeno-cheddar sausages, a jalapeno garlic spread, plus Fritos.

2. Brisket Grilled Cheese at Brotherton's Black Iron BBQ

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15608 Spring Hill Ln #105
Pflugerville, TX 78660

The Pflugerville barbecue shop serves up creative sandwiches up north. For example: the ooey, gooey brisket grilled cheese. The brisket kimchi banh mi is worth a try too.

The brisket grilled cheese sandwich from Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue
The brisket grilled cheese sandwich from Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue
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3. The Donk at Slab BBQ

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9012 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78758
(512) 351-9977
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It’s pretty safe to assume that sandwich’s name at Slab BBQ is short for ri-donk-ulous. The one-pounder is stacked with every smoked meat has in house, plus pickles, onions, Fritos, jalapenos, queso, and every one of Slab’s house sauces. Come extra hungry and add a side and a drink for a few extra bucks.

A pile of barbecue on top of a slice of bread
The Donk sandwich at Slab BBQ
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4. Buford T’s Diablo at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

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6610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78757
Austin, TX 78757
(512) 380-9199
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This brisket and spicy pork sausage at the Brentwood barbecue joint doubles down on the heat factor with a generous helping of jalapenos and red sauce. For a more sanguine yet still generous option, check out the turkey sandwich, heaped high with tender poultry and pickles.

Buford T’s Diablo sandwich at Stiles Switch
Buford T’s Diablo sandwich at Stiles Switch
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5. The Tipsy Texan at Franklin Barbecue

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900 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 653-1187
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Moist chopped brisket and a couple of links of sausage are lightened up with crunchy coleslaw and briny pickles, culminating in the alpha and omega of barbecue sandwiches, found at the legendary Central East Austin barbecue joint.

6. The Bobby Dawg at La Barbecue

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2027 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

Make your peace with that therapist and/or cardiologist before embarking upon this behemoth that is an ode to La Barbecue owner LeAnn Mueller’s her father Bobby Mueller. The jalapeno sausage is served on a Martin’s potato roll and topped with pinto beans, pulled pork or chopped beef, plus diced onions, shredded cheese, and yellow mustard.

La Barbecue’s Bobby Dawg
La Barbecue’s Bobby Dawg
LeAnn Mueller

7. Vegetarian Barbecue at Jo's Coffee

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1300 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 444-3800
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Wheat gluten is magically transformed into a vegetarian barbecue lover’s delight at this iconic South Austin coffee shop. Skip the bun and enjoy it as Frito pie.

8. Barbecue Sandwich Leroy & Lewis Barbecue

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121 Pickle Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 945-9882
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The barbecue sandwiches at the South Austin new-school truck come with kimchi, herbs, and beet barbecue sauce.

The brisket barbecue sandwich at LeRoy & Lewis
The brisket barbecue sandwich at LeRoy & Lewis
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9. Pulled Chicken Sandwich at Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

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11500 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78748
(512) 221-4248
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Valentina’s is known primarily for its south-of-the-border approach to brisket, but why not lighten things up a bit with this savory little plucker, which incorporates tangy guacamole, crunchy slaw, and jalapenos.

Pulled chicken sandwich at Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Pulled chicken sandwich at Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
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1. Gangster of Love at Interstellar BBQ

12233 Ranch Rd 620 N Ste. 105, Austin, TX 78750

Naturally, Noble Sandwich Co.’s far northwest barbecue restaurant would have great barbecue sandwiches. Opt for the Gangster of Love, which is part-barbecue sandwich, part-Frito pie. There’s jalapeno-cheddar sausages, a jalapeno garlic spread, plus Fritos.

12233 Ranch Rd 620 N Ste. 105
Austin, TX 78750

2. Brisket Grilled Cheese at Brotherton's Black Iron BBQ

15608 Spring Hill Ln #105, Pflugerville, TX 78660
The brisket grilled cheese sandwich from Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue
The brisket grilled cheese sandwich from Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue
Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue/Facebook

The Pflugerville barbecue shop serves up creative sandwiches up north. For example: the ooey, gooey brisket grilled cheese. The brisket kimchi banh mi is worth a try too.

15608 Spring Hill Ln #105
Pflugerville, TX 78660

3. The Donk at Slab BBQ

9012 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758
A pile of barbecue on top of a slice of bread
The Donk sandwich at Slab BBQ
Slab BBQ/Facebook

It’s pretty safe to assume that sandwich’s name at Slab BBQ is short for ri-donk-ulous. The one-pounder is stacked with every smoked meat has in house, plus pickles, onions, Fritos, jalapenos, queso, and every one of Slab’s house sauces. Come extra hungry and add a side and a drink for a few extra bucks.

9012 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78758

4. Buford T’s Diablo at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

6610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78757, Austin, TX 78757
Buford T’s Diablo sandwich at Stiles Switch
Buford T’s Diablo sandwich at Stiles Switch
Stiles Switch/Facebook

This brisket and spicy pork sausage at the Brentwood barbecue joint doubles down on the heat factor with a generous helping of jalapenos and red sauce. For a more sanguine yet still generous option, check out the turkey sandwich, heaped high with tender poultry and pickles.

6610 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78757
Austin, TX 78757

5. The Tipsy Texan at Franklin Barbecue

900 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

Moist chopped brisket and a couple of links of sausage are lightened up with crunchy coleslaw and briny pickles, culminating in the alpha and omega of barbecue sandwiches, found at the legendary Central East Austin barbecue joint.

900 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

6. The Bobby Dawg at La Barbecue

2027 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
La Barbecue’s Bobby Dawg
La Barbecue’s Bobby Dawg
LeAnn Mueller

Make your peace with that therapist and/or cardiologist before embarking upon this behemoth that is an ode to La Barbecue owner LeAnn Mueller’s her father Bobby Mueller. The jalapeno sausage is served on a Martin’s potato roll and topped with pinto beans, pulled pork or chopped beef, plus diced onions, shredded cheese, and yellow mustard.

2027 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

7. Vegetarian Barbecue at Jo's Coffee

1300 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704

Wheat gluten is magically transformed into a vegetarian barbecue lover’s delight at this iconic South Austin coffee shop. Skip the bun and enjoy it as Frito pie.

1300 S Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78704

8. Barbecue Sandwich Leroy & Lewis Barbecue

121 Pickle Rd, Austin, TX 78704
The brisket barbecue sandwich at LeRoy & Lewis
The brisket barbecue sandwich at LeRoy & Lewis
LeRoy & Lewis/Facebook

The barbecue sandwiches at the South Austin new-school truck come with kimchi, herbs, and beet barbecue sauce.

121 Pickle Rd
Austin, TX 78704

9. Pulled Chicken Sandwich at Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

11500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78748
Pulled chicken sandwich at Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Pulled chicken sandwich at Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ [Official]

Valentina’s is known primarily for its south-of-the-border approach to brisket, but why not lighten things up a bit with this savory little plucker, which incorporates tangy guacamole, crunchy slaw, and jalapenos.

11500 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78748

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