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6 More Under-the-Radar Barbecue Joints

By Megan Giller
March 25, 2014

A while back, we featured eight under-the-radar barbecue joints around town, and while they are delicious, it didn’t even begin to cover the host of places here in this smoky city. Because we love barbecue almost as much as we love you, here are six more to visit immediately, if not sooner.

  • Brown’s Bar-B-Que

    Why It’s Awesome: The experts agree that Brown’s food truck makes some mean smoked meat, but for some reason this place hasn’t gotten the recognition it deserves. Also, their big plates are affordable: $12 for an enormous three-meat dinner.

    What to Order: The Brisket Man blog’s Matt Gross says their prime brisket “has taken them from good to great.” Also try their smoked chicken.

    Where to Find It: 1901 S. Lamar, 512-517-8520

    Extra Tip: On Sundays, the entire menu is free from 3 PM to 10 PM. What?!?!

  • Cafe Mueller at H-E-B  

    Why It’s Awesome: At the newest H-E-B in Austin, the cafe uses all-natural, antibiotic-free, grass-fed beef for their brisket, which makes them stand out against a sea of Cisco trucks.

    What to Order: Juicy ribs, chicken and fatty brisket, as well as colorful red vinegar slaw.

    Where to Find It: 1801 E. 51st St., 512-474-2199

  • Jasper’s  

    Why It’s Awesome: Because sometimes you want an upscale atmosphere with your brisket and ribs. Though Jasper’s is a fancy New American restaurant, chef Kent Rathbun knows how to smoke meat the right way.

    What to Order: For happy hour, go for the brisket tacos, and for dinner, hit up the slow-smoked babyback ribs with creamy baked potato salad and a smoky ancho barbecue sauce.

    Where to Find It: 11506 Century Oaks Terrace, 512-834-4111

    Extra Tip: Bon Appetit named Jasper’s ribs one of the top three best ribs in America.

  • BBQ Revolution

    Why It’s Awesome: Listen, even vegans need good barbecue. This trailer uses vegan approaches and pays attention to nutrition to create a new style of barbecue for Austin’s plant-based lifestylers.

    What to Order: Wheat roast brisket and garbanzo-tempeh ribs, as well as sides like beans, coleslaw, potato salad and mac 'n' cheese.

    Where to Find It: 701 E. 53rd St., 512-584-7659

    Extra Tip: Check out this video from Fox 7.

  • Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

    Why It’s Awesome: In addition to outstanding smoked meat, the fusion trailer also makes amazing homemade tortillas. Plus it’s open late and conveniently located at Star Bar on West Sixth Street for your midnight snack.

    What to Order: Try the brisket and pulled pork on those thick flour tortillas, and you’ll never go back to buns.

    Where to Find It: 600 W. Sixth St., 512-221-4248

  • Vic’s BBQ  

    Why It’s Awesome: Two words: air conditioning. Especially in the summer. Oh, and traditional Texas barbecue done right.

    What to Order: Brisket, ribs and sausage, plus all the usual sides.

    Where to Find It: 3502 Burleson Rd., 512-445-4250

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