The following is a guide to Central Texas barbecue Meccas – use our tips to take your own delicious, sticky fingers jaunt across barbecue heaven. Visit www.tourism-tools.com/texasbbq for more
information. And don’t forget the napkins!
2027 E. Cesar Chavez; 512-605-9696
Closed every Monday and Tuesday, but
open every Wednesday through Sunday
11:00 AM to 6:00 PM (or until they sell out),
La Barbecue has been serving up Central
Texas barbecue since 2012. Famous for their
combination of salty and savory rubs, with
absolutely no sugar added to their coleslaw.
Don’t forget the pickles!
3110 Guadalupe St; 512-524-0801
Besides its reputation for great barbecue,
Black’s is also known as the oldest major
barbecue restaurant in Texas continuosly
owned and operated by the same family.
Founded in 1932 by Edgar Black, Sr., who
was then joined by Edgar Black, Jr. and his
wife, Norma Black in 1949, this barbecue
institution has a slogan of “Open 8 Days a
Week,” and the sign out front says it, too.
Even though Black’s is open seven days a
week, Norma Black says “if you’re here
as much as we are,
you will find
a few extra days in that time. It’s easier to
remember when we’re closed – Thanks-
giving and Christmas – than when we’re
open.” That dedication comes through in
the barbecue – slow-smoked beef brisket,
pork ribs, giant beef ribs, pork loin, turkey,
homemade sausage, chicken, a range of
sandwiches and classic sides like black-eyed
peas, cole slaw, pinto beans, creamed corn
1901 S. Lamar; 512-445-9500
Brown’s BBQ serves up “old school
barbecue” from the bright red trailer parked
ouside of Corner Bar in South Austin.
Enjoy delicious brisket, sausage, turkey,
and pulled pork sandwiches with a side
of beans, coleslaw, mac & cheese, cabbage
or potato salad. Save room for the banana
pudding and peach cobbler for dessert.
They are worth the calories.
Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que
217 Congress Ave; 512-474-4227
The original location and still the most
famous of all the Cooper’s outlets (there’s
also one in New Braunfels and in Fort
Worth), Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que is
usually tops on the list for obsessed barbeque
fans. Known for its “Big Chop” – a 2-inch-
thick, center cut juicy pork chop cooked over
mesquite coals – the Llano institution that’s
“All About the Meat” invites guests to pick
their favorite from a number of huge grills
just outside the front door, whether it’s ribs,
brisket, pork, sausage or that famous chop.
Walk inside to add beans, cole slaw, potato
salad, pickles and all the fixins’ inside, and
then enjoy your feast at family-style tables.
The County Line
County Line on the Hill:
6500 W. Bee Cave Rd.; 512-327-1742
County Line on the Lake:
5204 FM 2222; 512-346-3664
Founded in 1975, The County Line is an
Austin barbecue institution. The restaurant’s
barbecue philosophy has just four principles:
Deliver the highest quality smoked barbecue
– ribs, brisket, sausage and
chicken – with traditional
sides of cole slaw, potato
salad and beans;