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Where to Find Tempting Barbecue Side Dishes in Austin

Grits, cheesy squash, casseroles

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Barbecue is practically the official cuisine of Austin, and many, if not most, local barbecue joints rely on traditional preparations of sides like pinto beans, potato salad, and coleslaw to serve alongside carefully-crafted meats. With that, Eater gathered the best places to find barbecue sides in Austin. Some spots, like Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew and Micklethwait Craft Meats, tweak those old favorites to add just a little bit more interest to the barbecue experience. Others, like Salt Lick, offer up the classics. This update adds Kerlin BBQ, Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ, LeRoy & Lewis, and pitmaster John Mueller's new Georgetown home Black Box Barbecue.

For more barbecue needs, there are Austin's best barbecue spots, barbecue heatmap, ribs, sandwiches, desserts, brunches, and much more.

Everything below is listed in an unranked order. Is a favorite side and/or barbecue joint with stellar sides missing below? Hit up the tipline, the comments, or the forum.

With updates by Nadia Chaudhury

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Micklethwait Craft Meats

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1309 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 791-5961
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Barbecue meets comfort food with a side order of creamy, kicky jalapeno cheese grits, tempered with the refreshing tang of lemon poppyseed coleslaw.

2. 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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Bring your vegetarian friend with you, because there are tons of meat-free sides here to keep them satisfied. The star of the sides here is the corn casserole, with macaroni and cheese running a close second. Don’t skip the banana pudding, either.

3. The Salt Lick

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18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826
Driftwood, TX 78619
(512) 858-4959
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The Driftwood icon’s unusual vinegar-based German-style coleslaw and chunky, savory potato salad sides are classics in the barbecue world.

4. Opie's BBQ

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9504 E State Hwy 71
Spicewood, TX 78669
(830) 693-8660
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Head out to Spicewood for barbecue served alongside tater tot casserole and free, self-serve butter beans, only on Fridays and Sundays.

5. Kerlin BBQ

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1700 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 412-5588
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Cheese and vegetables are good on their own, but mixed together for Kerlin's blue cheese coleslaw results in a tangy flavor that pairs well with barbecue and barbecue klobasnek.

6. Freedmen's

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2402 San Gabriel St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 220-0953
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Barbecue dinner gets a sinus-clearing kick with horseradish potato salad, which goes down best with an excellent whiskey and smoked banana pudding.

7. LeRoy & Lewis

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121 Pickle Rd
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 945-9882
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The fledgling barbecue trailer focuses on new school barbecue, which extends over to its sides as well. The oft-changing menu has featured potato and golden beet salad, rainbow carrot slaw, and kimchi deviled eggs.

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8. Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

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11500 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78748

The smoked corn is Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ's standout side, where the elote-style corn kernels are mixed with chile salt and topped with crema.

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9. Black Box Barbecue

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201 E. 9th Street
Georgetown, TX 78626

Pitmaster John Mueller has a new home up in Georgetown, and he brought his cheesy squash along with him.

10. Café Mueller by HEB

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1801 E 51st St
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 236-1020
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You’re trying to get dinner sorted with a minimum of fuss. That doesn’t mean you have to skimp on good sides. Order barbecue from the Mueller HEB cafe with a side of brisket beans and go home happy and quickly.

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1. Micklethwait Craft Meats

1309 Rosewood Ave, Austin, TX 78702

Barbecue meets comfort food with a side order of creamy, kicky jalapeno cheese grits, tempered with the refreshing tang of lemon poppyseed coleslaw.

1309 Rosewood Ave
Austin, TX 78702

2. Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

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

Bring your vegetarian friend with you, because there are tons of meat-free sides here to keep them satisfied. The star of the sides here is the corn casserole, with macaroni and cheese running a close second. Don’t skip the banana pudding, either.

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

3. The Salt Lick

18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619

The Driftwood icon’s unusual vinegar-based German-style coleslaw and chunky, savory potato salad sides are classics in the barbecue world.

18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826
Driftwood, TX 78619

4. Opie's BBQ

9504 E State Hwy 71, Spicewood, TX 78669

Head out to Spicewood for barbecue served alongside tater tot casserole and free, self-serve butter beans, only on Fridays and Sundays.

9504 E State Hwy 71
Spicewood, TX 78669

5. Kerlin BBQ

1700 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Cheese and vegetables are good on their own, but mixed together for Kerlin's blue cheese coleslaw results in a tangy flavor that pairs well with barbecue and barbecue klobasnek.

1700 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

6. Freedmen's

2402 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705

Barbecue dinner gets a sinus-clearing kick with horseradish potato salad, which goes down best with an excellent whiskey and smoked banana pudding.

2402 San Gabriel St
Austin, TX 78705

7. LeRoy & Lewis

121 Pickle Rd, Austin, TX 78704
Leroy & Lewis’ kimchi deviled eggs LeRoy & Lewis/Official

The fledgling barbecue trailer focuses on new school barbecue, which extends over to its sides as well. The oft-changing menu has featured potato and golden beet salad, rainbow carrot slaw, and kimchi deviled eggs.

121 Pickle Rd
Austin, TX 78704

8. Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ

11500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78748
Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ/Official

The smoked corn is Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ's standout side, where the elote-style corn kernels are mixed with chile salt and topped with crema.

11500 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78748

9. Black Box Barbecue

201 E. 9th Street, Georgetown, TX 78626

Pitmaster John Mueller has a new home up in Georgetown, and he brought his cheesy squash along with him.

201 E. 9th Street
Georgetown, TX 78626

10. Café Mueller by HEB

1801 E 51st St, Austin, TX 78723

You’re trying to get dinner sorted with a minimum of fuss. That doesn’t mean you have to skimp on good sides. Order barbecue from the Mueller HEB cafe with a side of brisket beans and go home happy and quickly.

1801 E 51st St
Austin, TX 78723

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