two kinds of beans (black and BBQ), several
kinds of cole slaw, collard greens, and such
Cajun classics as chicken/sausage gumbo,
red beans, and jambalaya.
Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q
11570 Research Blvd.; 512-418-9898
2451 S. Capital of Texas Hwy.; 512-329-5554
7709 Ranch Road 620; 512-250-8002
2400 N IH 35 Round Rock; 512-244-2936
Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q had
its early beginnings in Leon Springs – a
small community founded just outside
of San Antonio in the 1800s by Max
Aue. Max’s son Rudolph later opened a
one-stop gas station, garage, and grocery
store. It took a while, but barbecue was
added to the operation in 1989, and
Rudy´s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q
was born. Rudy’s uses 100 percent wood-fired pits with oak, a slower burning
wood than mesquite, and cook brisket,
sausage, turkey and more with a dry spice
for unique flavors. Add Rudy’s famous
“Sause,” dill pickles, onions and white
bread, and a tasty meal is minutes away.
Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew
6610 N Lamar Blvd
Named after the historic 1800s I. & G.
N. railroad stop Stiles Switch and owner
Shane Stiles, the inspiration for this
barbeque is derived from Stiles’ admiration
of the Texas BBQ legends he was raised
on while growing up in Central Texas.
Daily specials that change every week keep
customers guessing and coming back again
and again. Enjoy a nice local craft beer to
wash it all down.
801 Red River; 512-480-8341
“Stubb’s is the delicious brainchild of Christopher B. Stubblefield of Navasota, Texas, who
learned to cook in the 1930s when the family
moved to Lubbock to pick cotton – and Stubb
started working in local restaurants and hotels.
Those skills translated into his own restaurant, which he opened in Lubbock in 1968
– cooking barbecue on a hickory pit behind
his place and playing the blues on the jukebox.
The Lubbock location closed – and an Austin
location followed. It soon became as much
known for good music as for good barbecue,
with musicians like Joe Ely and Stevie Ray
Vaughn, Muddy Waters, Willie Nelson,
Johnny Cash, and others playing there regularly. Today, it’s still about the food, music and
cold beer – try the brisket, pork ribs, chicken,
pork loin, turkey or sausage plate – and definitely add the sauce made in-house, and the
beans, cole slaw and potato salad.
Schmidt Family Barbecue
Hill Country Galleria
12532 FM 2244; 512-263-4060
Legendary Lockhart barbecue has come
to Bee Cave, TX and folks are excited.
Schmidt Family Barbecue is built on a 75
year family tradition of cooking methods
and choice cuts of meat to achieve the
flavor that so many have come to expect.
Moist, tender, delicious barbecue runs in
the family and is served up daily. Expect
no glazes, just smoke and spice. They are
passionate about two things in this world -
family and barbecue! Customers can enjoy
live music on the weekends, during the
summer months. Catering and private room
for parties are also available.
Valentinas Tex Mex BBQ
11500 Manchaca Rd; 512-221-4248
Combining two Texas classics, Valentinas
Tex Mex BBQ serves up favorites from sliced
brisket and pulled pork sandwiches with tangy
slaw and mesquite smoked BBQ sauce, to
smoked carnitas with caramelized onions and
cilantro tomatillo habanero salsa. Open for
breakfast lunch and dinner seven days a week.
The Salt Lick
18300 FM 1826; 512-894-3117
Founded in Driftwood 1967 by the Roberts
family, The Salt Lick has a long history of
serving great barbecue. People drive from
all over Central Texas and beyond to relax
among the picnic tables at the rustic outdoor
pavilion and enjoy juicy brisket, ribs, and
more. Specialties include the family-style
meal, which includes huge servings of beef,
sausage, and pork ribs served with potato
salad, cole slaw, beans, bread, pickles and
onions. Homemade pecan pie and peach
cobbler round out the simple and delicious
menu – and those who have cravings but
who don’t live in Central Texas can order
complete meals online that are shipped
directly to their door.
Southside Market & Barbecue
1212 U.S. 290 East; 512-281-4650
This more-than-100-year-old sausage factory
is one of the main reasons Elgin is known as
the “sausage capital of Texas.” Great varieties of sausage and $2 per pound brisket