Being born and raised in Texas, I’ve been eating BBQ as long as I can remember. One of my favorite BBQ memories growing up was my family’s frequent trips to Pok-e-Jo’s. We spent many special family occasions celebrating birthdays, Fathers Day or any other holiday. BBQ had a way of bringing our family together.
The BBQ phenomenon was not something that happened with just my family. BBQ in Texas has had a way of bringing families together for generations. Recipes and techniques have been handed down from generation to generation often times kept as a family secret. Although their recipes may remain secret, some families have turned their BBQ into a profitable business. In fact, there are hundreds of BBQ joints that have succeeded to do just that.
It would take a lot of time and effort to find all of these wonderful BBQ joints, but author Gloria Corral has made this easy for us by creating a comprehensive guide for Austin-area BBQ. Investing more than two-years of hands on research, the Barbecue Lover’s Guide to Austin puts the Central Texas BBQ scene at your finger tips. The Guide features, not only the famous BBQ joints you’ve heard of, but all the hole-in-the wall joints, shacks and trailers you may not know about. We thoroughly enjoyed reading through the book and would recommend it for any BBQ lover out there.
Thanks to the folks over at Music Box Media, we have an extra copy to give away to one lucky reader. To be entered in the drawing simply leave a comment about your favorite BBQ Joint by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March,10. Be sure to include a valid email address so we can get in touch with you. Winner will be chosen randomly using random.org.
Rudy’s. Where else can you get chopped beef and gasoline all in one stop!?!
Yum! Hope Artz Ribhouse is represented, because they have my favorite baby back ribs!
Louis Mueller in Taylor (though my Yankee husband thinks Salt Lick is the holy grail…)
Congratulations Maggie! You are the winner. I’ll contact by email this afternoon to workout the details.
On my 21st birthay, March 10th, my friends and I are heading to SALT LICK (my fav) for some BBQ. This book would be the best present ever.
Hate to be “trendy”, but Franklin has BBQ worth waiting for. The brisket and chopped beef are lights out.
Salt Lick although at times I’m not a fan of the drive after a long night out. 🙂
My vote goes to Ironworks – love the turkey!
My all-time fav is County Line. I grew up eating those delicious baby back ribs!
Ruby’s on Guadalupe. Awesome, centrally located and no long lines.
Franklin’s belongs in a different category I think. It is them and then all the rest. Black’s BBQ in Lockhart might top that next list.
Live Oak on E. 2nd is pretty new and dang tasty
Kreuz’s in Lockhart. Their pork chop, sauce-free of course, sandwiched between bread with jalapeño jack cheese – heaven!
If you find yourself in Southwest Austin, Don’s at the Y in Oakhill is pretty fantastic for a whole-in-the-wall joint… but I think the bread at County Line pushes it over the top for the win.
hole-in-the-wall…. I’m sure Don can spell better than I can.
For pulled pork, I’m for Whole Foods. Live Oak’s ribs and brisket are pretty darned tender.
PoK-e-Jo’s not only has great barbecue, they are the only place in town that actually has good sides to go with them. So in addition to great pork ribs, moist brisket and sausage, they have fantastic green bean casserole, potato salad, and banana pudding.
Franklins is the best imo but I love trying new places. Need to try Johnny Muellers next. Snow’s in Lexington is also very good.
Thanks everyone who entered! We enjoyed reading all of your comments and look forward to trying some of the places you mentioned.