Best Ribs in Austin

Rack Stars
August 22, 2016
by Zagat Staff

Find top-tier racks of ribs at these Austin joints. 

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.
Salt Lick Cellars
Southeast Austin · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

This airport spin-of off the “landmark” bastion of beef provides a “quintessential Texas BBQ experience” thanks to “moist” brisket, “terrific” ribs, “first-rate” sausage and its famous “tangy” sauce. The restaurant features a large wrap-around wooden bar, Texas wines and beer along with retail rubs, sauces and whole briskets to go.
Stubb's Bar-B-Q
Barbecue · Downtown · $$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“An Austin classic” in “the heart of Downtown” , this BBQ mainstay serves up traditional smoked meats and sides, plus its famed sauce, in a stone-and-brick building dating to the 1830s; adorned with longhorns and band posters, the “festive” digs are made all the more so thanks to “fantastic” nightly live music and a Sunday gospel brunch.