Best Outdoor BBQ Restaurants in Austin

Eat BBQ alfresco at these spots for smoky, saucey 'cue
November 14, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Sample smoky brisket and gooey mac 'n' cheese at these BBQ spots with patios and outdoor seating.

Franklin Barbecue
Barbecue · East Austin · $$
Food 4.8 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.3

“Believe the hype” that’s built up around this East Austin “experience” , in which “melt-in-your-mouth” brisket, “unbelievable” ribs and pulled pork are doled out in modest digs from 11 AM till the eats run out (usually early) at what many claim is “hands-down” the “best” BBQ joint in town and "possibly the world" ; fans agree the “hours” -long waits are “well worth it."
Stiles Switch
Barbecue · Brentwood · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.4

Brentwood is home to pitmaster Lance Kirkpatrick (of Mueller’s fame), who turns out “amazing” , “moist brisket” , “hot” sausage and other “tasty” BBQ backed by “cold” craft beer on draft; contrary to trend, they cook and stay open all day, and (perhaps the best part) you “don't have to wait in line for five hours” to get in.
Micklethwait Craft Meats
Barbecue · East Austin · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.4

Barbecue fans “highly recommend” this East Austin food trailer doling out specialty sausages, “tender” brisket and “insane” beef ribs; customers eat at picnic tables next to the cheerily painted trailer.
Uncle Billy's Brewery & Smokehouse
Brewpub · Zilker · $$
Food 3.7 · Decor 3.8 · Service 3.8

This rustic brewpub-cum-smokehouse in Zilker is a popular gathering spot for a “twenty/thirtysomething crowd” that digs the “awesome” house-brewed beers and “delish” BBQ; the “sweet” atmosphere owes in part to the big “dog-friendly” patio that’s often host to live bands.
Cocktail Bar · West Campus · $

“Outstanding” barbecue and “amazing” cocktails are the calling cards of this West Campus saloon; the historic setting comprises a rustic-chic interior decked with marble-top tables, an early-1900s South Texas soda-fountain counter and antique lighting, plus an “incredible” patio outside.
Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ
Barbecue · $

Barbecue meets tacos at this fusion trailer, where smoked brisket comes topped with guacamole and tomato-serrano salsa on a flour tortilla, while sides include smoked corn, red potato salad and queso. A lively setup on Manchaca offers people-watching.