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Austin is full of great BBQ spots, but with so many to choose from, it’s hard to decide sometimes. The top choices in the city provide plenty of menu options, as well as features that help each location stand out. Anyone looking for some excellent barbecue will want to consider these favorite places.

LeRoy and Lewis

This favorite BBQ option includes alternative meat cuts like beef cheek that help bring out the flavor, as well as options with conventional meat cuts. Daily specials and unique side dishes like barbecue fried rice help add to this food truck’s appeal. Another treat available here is a collection of bagels, and cream cheese served daily at breakfast, making this fusion food truck worth a visit.

Micklethwait Craft Meats 

Another option is this trailer that specializes in scratch cooking that includes homemade sausages. All the classic sides like beans are here, and they also offer a Frito pie as a Texas treat. The location stays open every Tuesday through Sunday until everything sells out.

Smokey Denmark’s

The location is part of a family-owned meat processing company that has been around since 1967. One of their specialties is a sausage featuring jalapeno cheese. There are also several types of regional sauces to go with the meat collection that includes everyone’s favorite barbecued meats. 

Lamberts Downtown Barbecue

Lamberts offers service from brunch until late at night. Chopped brisket and all the usual favorites are available as plates or sandwiches, with sides that include fresh coleslaw. Another nice touch is that a full cocktail menu is available, perfect for that post-work gathering.

Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

This favorite food truck is part of the popular fusion trend that has entered the culinary world in recent years. Some of the top options include mesquite-seasoned brisket, smoked carnitas tacos, smoked corn, and homemade tortillas. The menu selections provide a diverse range everyone will love.

Kerlin BBQ

Kerlin’s creations are served two food trucks, with one serving barbecue and the other serving pastries. The star attraction of the pastry truck is a brisket-stuffed kolache, which has become a breakfast staple for many Austin residents. Some of the BBQ meat options visitors can look forward to include ribs, sausage, and brisket, with sides like coleslaw.