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13 Hot New Barbecue Spots in Austin

So much brisket, beef ribs, and Thai barbecue chicken

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Barbecue is forever in Austin. While the city already has its tried and true places, there are new smoked meat joints popping up every which way. To help sort through noise, Eater gathered the best new barbecue spots in the city, from trailers to restaurants, offering everything from traditional Texas takes to Thai iterations to halal versions.

This includes sold offerings from the returning Whitfield’s, Micklethwait Craft Meats’s Smithville restaurant, Thai rotisserie chicken at Dee Dee, excellent pastrami from Mum Foods Deli, and more.

Looking for more barbecue? Try Austin’s essential spots, the best ones out in the Hill Country, take advantage of Eater’s guide to Lockhart, aka the barbecue capital of Texas, and much more.

For the purposes of this map, only places that have opened, expanded, or revamped within the past year have been included. Is Eater missing a new barbecue joint? Let us know through the tipline or within the comments.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. TLLT BBQ

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11301 Lakeline Blvd
Austin, TX 78717
(512) 357-7777

Lakeline got a new restaurant dedicated to Chinese and Hawaiian barbecue with TLLT BBQ. This means chicken, beef, lamb, and quail, plus a whole bunch of skewers.

2. Interstellar BBQ

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

Essential shop Noble Sandwich Co. branched into barbecue with its newest venture in far northwest Austin, Interstellar BBQ. Along with meats by-the-pound like brisket, pork shoulder, and Saturday-only beef ribs, there are sausages, half-chickens, and meaty sandwiches. The sides aren’t to be skipped either, ranging from scalloped potatoes to mac and cheese.

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Sliced sausage from Interstellar BBQ
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3. Usta Kababgy

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9717 N Lamar Blvd Unit C2
Austin, TX 78753
(512) 465-2720
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For halal barbecue, head to North Lamar Mediterranean restaurant Usta Kababgy where you’ll find skewers of grilled lamb, beef, and chicken, as well as wraps and whole lamb chops.

4. Whoa BBQ

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5530 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

A relatively recent barbecue joint took over Hey Cupcake’s shuttered space in Allandale. The small menu features smoked meats like brisket, pork, and chicken, which are available in sandwiches or bowls.

5. Fowler’s Smokin Soul Food

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5811 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 300-0226
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The menu at the casual family-style MLK restaurant is dedicated to barbecue and Southern fare. Of the former, there’s everything from brisket to sausage to ribs to all sorts of sides like ham and cabbage, yams, and peach cobbler.

6. Mum Foods Delicatessen

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2113 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722
(512) 913-1206
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Some of the city’s best pastrami can be found at the tiny deli in Cherrywood. Order the smoked meat by the pound or use it within sandwiches layered with cheese or mustard. Mum also serves up brisket, beef ribs, and half-chickens.

Pastrami from Mum Foods
Pastrami from Mum Foods
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7. Ted’s Farm

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6014 Techni Center Dr Suite 2-101
Austin, TX 78721
(512) 740-1617
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The roaming food truck combines Texas barbecue and Vietnamese fare. This means banh mi, rice bowls, and sandwiches made with chopped brisket, pork belly, and/or jalapeno-cheddar sausages.

Ted Farm’s rice bowls
Ted Farm’s rice bowls
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8. Oseyo

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1628 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702
(512) 368-5700
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For a new Korean barbecue option, hit up the slightly-more-upscale East Austin restaurant Korean restaurant Oseyo. The grilled meats include bulgogi, chicken thighs, whole mackerel, and beef short ribs, served with rice, dips, and greens meant for wrapping.

Kalbi (marinated beef short rib) at Oseyo
Kalbi (marinated beef short rib) at Oseyo
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9. Gabrick Barbecue

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12345 Pauls Valley Rd
Austin, TX 78737

Gabrick Barbecue relocated into a new space within Last Stand Brewery, serving up the same brisket, ribs, sausages, and pulled pork, plus sandwiches, salads, chili, smoked chicken dumpling soup, and white queso Dorito mac and cheese.

A tray of barbecue from Gabrick Barbecue
A tray of barbecue from Gabrick Barbecue
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10. Dee Dee

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4204 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745

South Austin truck Dee Dee added Thai barbecue to its Sunday menu. The centerpiece is its rotisserie chicken, which is spatchooked with a lemongrass rub. Various accompaniments include sticky rice, sauces, and pickled salads.

11. Whitfield's

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3499-3495 Davis Ln
Austin, TX 78748
(512) 466-7180

After a long hiatus, south Austin barbecue trailer Whitfield’s is back under pitmaster Kasey Studdard, with smoked meats by the half-pound, sandwiches, and tacos, plus all sorts of pickled fruits and vegetables..

A paper tray of sliced brisket, pickle slices, and onions from Whitfield’s
Barbecue from Whitfield’s
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12. Hawai’i Nei Cafe

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7800 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78745
(808) 232-8620
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The barbecue options at the South Austin Hawaiian food truck includes slow-cooked kalua pork, beef bulgogi, and barbecue shoyu chicken, among others.

13. Micklethwait Market and Grocery

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114 NE 2nd St
Smithville, TX 78957
(512) 798-7019
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Essential Central East Austin barbecue truck Micklethwait Craft Meats opened a physical restaurant out in Smithville. Expect the same great barbecue at Micklethwait Market and Grocery, including barbacoa and Saturday-only prime ribs. There are sandwiches, baked Frito pies, baked potatoes, and more too.

Barbecue plate from Micklethwait
Barbecue plate from Micklethwait
Micklethwait Craft Meats/Facebook

1. TLLT BBQ

11301 Lakeline Blvd, Austin, TX 78717

Lakeline got a new restaurant dedicated to Chinese and Hawaiian barbecue with TLLT BBQ. This means chicken, beef, lamb, and quail, plus a whole bunch of skewers.

11301 Lakeline Blvd
Austin, TX 78717

2. Interstellar BBQ

12233 Ranch Rd 620 N Ste. 105, Austin, TX 78750
The inside of a sausage cut length-wise
Sliced sausage from Interstellar BBQ
Interstellar BBQ/Facebook

Essential shop Noble Sandwich Co. branched into barbecue with its newest venture in far northwest Austin, Interstellar BBQ. Along with meats by-the-pound like brisket, pork shoulder, and Saturday-only beef ribs, there are sausages, half-chickens, and meaty sandwiches. The sides aren’t to be skipped either, ranging from scalloped potatoes to mac and cheese.

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

3. Usta Kababgy

9717 N Lamar Blvd Unit C2, Austin, TX 78753

For halal barbecue, head to North Lamar Mediterranean restaurant Usta Kababgy where you’ll find skewers of grilled lamb, beef, and chicken, as well as wraps and whole lamb chops.

9717 N Lamar Blvd Unit C2
Austin, TX 78753

4. Whoa BBQ

5530 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756

A relatively recent barbecue joint took over Hey Cupcake’s shuttered space in Allandale. The small menu features smoked meats like brisket, pork, and chicken, which are available in sandwiches or bowls.

5530 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX 78756

5. Fowler’s Smokin Soul Food

5811 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78723

The menu at the casual family-style MLK restaurant is dedicated to barbecue and Southern fare. Of the former, there’s everything from brisket to sausage to ribs to all sorts of sides like ham and cabbage, yams, and peach cobbler.

5811 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78723

6. Mum Foods Delicatessen

2113 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
Pastrami from Mum Foods
Pastrami from Mum Foods
Holly Postler/Mum Foods/Facebook

Some of the city’s best pastrami can be found at the tiny deli in Cherrywood. Order the smoked meat by the pound or use it within sandwiches layered with cheese or mustard. Mum also serves up brisket, beef ribs, and half-chickens.

2113 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

7. Ted’s Farm

6014 Techni Center Dr Suite 2-101, Austin, TX 78721
Ted Farm’s rice bowls
Ted Farm’s rice bowls
Ted’s Farm/Facebook

The roaming food truck combines Texas barbecue and Vietnamese fare. This means banh mi, rice bowls, and sandwiches made with chopped brisket, pork belly, and/or jalapeno-cheddar sausages.

6014 Techni Center Dr Suite 2-101
Austin, TX 78721

8. Oseyo

1628 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
Kalbi (marinated beef short rib) at Oseyo
Kalbi (marinated beef short rib) at Oseyo
Courtney Pierce/EATX

For a new Korean barbecue option, hit up the slightly-more-upscale East Austin restaurant Korean restaurant Oseyo. The grilled meats include bulgogi, chicken thighs, whole mackerel, and beef short ribs, served with rice, dips, and greens meant for wrapping.

1628 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78702

9. Gabrick Barbecue

12345 Pauls Valley Rd, Austin, TX 78737
A tray of barbecue from Gabrick Barbecue
A tray of barbecue from Gabrick Barbecue
Gabrick Barbecue/Facebook

Gabrick Barbecue relocated into a new space within Last Stand Brewery, serving up the same brisket, ribs, sausages, and pulled pork, plus sandwiches, salads, chili, smoked chicken dumpling soup, and white queso Dorito mac and cheese.

12345 Pauls Valley Rd
Austin, TX 78737

10. Dee Dee

4204 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745

South Austin truck Dee Dee added Thai barbecue to its Sunday menu. The centerpiece is its rotisserie chicken, which is spatchooked with a lemongrass rub. Various accompaniments include sticky rice, sauces, and pickled salads.

4204 Manchaca Rd
Austin, TX 78745

11. Whitfield's

3499-3495 Davis Ln, Austin, TX 78748
A paper tray of sliced brisket, pickle slices, and onions from Whitfield’s
Barbecue from Whitfield’s
Whitfield’s/Facebook

After a long hiatus, south Austin barbecue trailer Whitfield’s is back under pitmaster Kasey Studdard, with smoked meats by the half-pound, sandwiches, and tacos, plus all sorts of pickled fruits and vegetables..

3499-3495 Davis Ln
Austin, TX 78748

12. Hawai’i Nei Cafe

7800 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78745

The barbecue options at the South Austin Hawaiian food truck includes slow-cooked kalua pork, beef bulgogi, and barbecue shoyu chicken, among others.

7800 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78745

13. Micklethwait Market and Grocery

114 NE 2nd St, Smithville, TX 78957
Barbecue plate from Micklethwait
Barbecue plate from Micklethwait
Micklethwait Craft Meats/Facebook

Essential Central East Austin barbecue truck Micklethwait Craft Meats opened a physical restaurant out in Smithville. Expect the same great barbecue at Micklethwait Market and Grocery, including barbacoa and Saturday-only prime ribs. There are sandwiches, baked Frito pies, baked potatoes, and more too.

114 NE 2nd St
Smithville, TX 78957

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