Best Pulled Pork in Austin

Piggin' Out
October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Try the most mouth-watering pulled pork Austin has to offer at these eateries.

Black's BBQ
West Campus · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

It’s “worth the drive” to eat at this “venerable” “BBQ heaven” where fans “get down and dirty” over “stellar" ribs and brisket, plus sausage and sides, all served “cafeteria-style” ; the “folks” at the counter are “super-friendly” , and the circa-1932 Lockhart original's “old-time decor” (jackalopes, signs for high school sports teams) is "appropriate for the location."
Brown's BBQ
Bouldin Creek · $

Expect acclaimed brisket, pork ribs, chicken and sausage out of this cherry-red South Lamar barbecue trailer, which also plates unusual sides such as braised cabbage with bacon. The unassuming locale next to the Corner Bar makes it easy to grab a beer with the boxed meal.
FoodHeads
Breakfast · West Campus · $

Breakfast tacos, daily soup specials and a variety of sandwiches on freshly baked bread are the signatures of this West Campus bungalow. Patrons nosh in several cozy dining rooms, on the porch or in the colorful front and side yards, which feature rustic vintage furniture, terra cotta potted plants and oilcloth Mexican tablecloths.
Franklin 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."
Green Mesquite BBQ
Zilker · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

“Mighty tasty” BBQ and other simple “comfort foods” fill out the menu at these longtime favorites set in rustic, “old-school Austin” spaces with outdoor seating; even if it’s “not the best BBQ in town” , most agree it’s “good quality for the price.”
Lamberts
Brunch · 2nd Street District · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.0

“Fancy” barbecue and “great beers” are what’s on tap at this “lively” Second Street District destination that’s also known for its “fantastic cocktails and happy hour” ; set in the “historic” Schneider Brothers Building and outfitted with leather banquettes, it’s offers an “upscale” feel to go along with “good live music” in the bar upstairs.
MAX's Wine Dive
Downtown

At the Downtown outpost of this mini-chain, “knowledgeable” servers help to pair “awesome” comfort food with a “wide variety” of wines, yielding fun combos like “tasty” fried chicken and champagne; it’s popular “after work” for happy hour as well as for “drinks and dinner.”
Micklethwait Craft Meats
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.
The Green Mesquite BBQ
Southpark Meadows · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.1

“Mighty tasty” BBQ and other simple “comfort foods” fill out the menu at these longtime favorites set in rustic, “old-school Austin” spaces with outdoor seating; even if it’s “not the best BBQ in town” , most agree it’s “good quality for the price.”
Torchy's Tacos
Tex-Mex · Oak Hill · $
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.1

What started as a trailer in South Austin is now “a bona fide institution” with locations across town serving up “addictive” , “inventive” tacos (fillings include fried avocado, jerk chicken and smoked beef brisket) alongside “to-die-for” queso; the no-frills outposts have a “laid-back feel” and “patio seating” ; P.S. the “breakfast tacos are also delicious.”