How to get killer BBQ in Austin without waiting in line for hours
- Franklin's (4-6 hr wait) and La Barbecue (1-2 hr wait on the weekends) are two of the top spots for BBQ in Austin. Both of these places have some crazy good BBQ but also have crazy lines.
- La Barbecue will take pre-orders, but you have to get it in at least 3 days in advance.
- Most of our BBQ places stay open until they sell out that day.
- Below are our recommendations for dope BBQ with less of a wait (approximate wait times are for weekends):
Brown's BBQ (30 minute wait)
Superb BBQ from an Austin food truck that is a little out of the way (South Lamar) with the shortest wait we know of. (Map)
Micklethwait (30 minutes to 1 hour wait, can pre-order)
Somehow pronounced "Micklewait" but has less of a line than the big two. High quality, artisan-type meats similar to Franklin and La Barbecue. If you're organized enough to order in advance for your group (and we recommend you do), you can make a pre-order on their website (minimum $200). (Map)
Kerlin BBQ (30 minutes to 1 hour wait)
Served out of a trailer right next to Veracruz Tacos. (Map)