There’s a time and place to wait in line at a food truck for award winning brisket. However, there’s also a time and place to drive to a gas station and have a tray of freshly sliced barbecue in front of you in less than five minutes. When you’re after the latter, go to Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q. It’s the only fast food option on this list, and it’s perfect for when you want to avoid all the BS that often comes with getting barbecue in Austin.
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LeRoy & Lewis
LeRoy & Lewis is a barbecue truck located at Cosmic Coffee that serves all the classics, along with things like al pastor and brisket cookies.
Slab BBQ on Research Boulevard is a chill, inexpensive North Austin barbecue spot that creatively mashes up different barbecue styles.
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The Salt Lick BBQ
The single best overall BBQ experience in Austin (which isn’t actually in Austin) is The Salt Lick.
Micklethwait Craft Meats
Micklethwait is a BBQ trailer in East Austin. It’s not a classic yet, but these guys know what they’re doing.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
Valentina’s churns out a beautiful fusion of our city’s greatest cuisines: Tex-Mex and barbecue. It’s absolutely worth the trip to Manchaca.
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