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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.

Gangster of Love at Interstellar BBQ

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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.

Brisket Grilled Cheese at Brotherton's Black Iron BBQ

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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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The Donk at Slab BBQ

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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.

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The Donk sandwich at Slab BBQ
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Buford T’s Diablo at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

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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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The Tipsy Texan at Franklin Barbecue

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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.

The Bobby Dawg at La Barbecue

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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

Vegetarian Barbecue at Jo's Coffee

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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.

Barbecue Sandwich Leroy & Lewis Barbecue

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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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Pulled Chicken Sandwich at Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

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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
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ [Official]

Gangster of Love at Interstellar BBQ

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.

Brisket Grilled Cheese at Brotherton's Black Iron BBQ

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.

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 Donk at Slab BBQ

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.

A pile of barbecue on top of a slice of bread
The Donk sandwich at Slab BBQ
Slab BBQ/Facebook

Buford T’s Diablo at Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

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.

Buford T’s Diablo sandwich at Stiles Switch
Buford T’s Diablo sandwich at Stiles Switch
Stiles Switch/Facebook

The Tipsy Texan at Franklin Barbecue

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.

The Bobby Dawg at La Barbecue

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.

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

Vegetarian Barbecue at Jo's Coffee

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.

Barbecue Sandwich Leroy & Lewis Barbecue

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.

The brisket barbecue sandwich at LeRoy & Lewis
The brisket barbecue sandwich at LeRoy & Lewis
LeRoy & Lewis/Facebook

Pulled Chicken Sandwich at Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

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.

Pulled chicken sandwich at Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Pulled chicken sandwich at Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ [Official]

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