Barbecue is essential to the Austin experience, so, naturally, it would top most South by Southwest (SXSW) attendees’ list of things to eat. The city has a wealth of ridiculously tasty smoked meat options. With that in mind, this is an updated guide to nationally ranked and under-the-radar barbecue found in the city without having to trek too far from the center of the festival.
Try Kerlin’s barbecue trailer for meaty kolaches or sit down for a spell at South Austin barbecue restaurant Terry Black’s, with indoor seating. Stay in the SXSW action at Cooper’s downtown or escape from the chaos and duck into South Lamar barbecue truck Brown’s BBQ. Spend a pretty penny at fancy downtown barbecue restaurant Lambert’s or stop by La Barbecue, found within East Cesar Chavez market Quickie Pickie. And, of course, there’s always the ever-famous Franklin Barbecue.
Whatever your budget, timeframe, and particular cravings are, remember Austin during SXSW is a different type of Austin. The traffic is worse. The lines are longer. And the meat sells out faster. Eater’s advice? Expect to wait in very long lines, call ahead to make sure meat is still available, and never, ever ask for sauce.
For more dining and drinking ideas, check out the rest of Eater’s SXSW coverage. For more barbecue needs, scope out Austin’s essential barbecue spots, new barbecue places, ribs, barbecue sandwiches, desserts, and for some day-trips: the best barbecue spots in the Hill Country and a guide to Texas’s barbecue capital, Lockhart.
With updates by Nadia Chaudhury.Read More