If Austin and Texas know anything well, it's barbecue. If you love some killer Q, here are some of the best barbecue spots in Austin!

Franklin Barbecue

Texas Monthly says that Franklin Barbecue "serves the best barbecue in the known universe," But don't just take it from us- take it from the master! Restaurant founder Aaron Franklin is widely regarded as one of the most influential pitmasters in the U.S. From the Tipsy Texan sandwich to the Bourbon Banana pie, Franklin's Barbecue never disappoints.

Rudy's Bar-B-Q

Offering the premiere brisket in Austin, Rudy's Bar-B-Q does plenty right when it comes to the kitchen. Rudy's pits are 100% wood fired with oak, a slower burning wood than the mesquite used by others. Along with time and oak, they cook with a dry spice that ensures each plate of Rudy's Bar-B-Q is perfectly ready for you. Apply some of their famous " Sause" and dinner is served.

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Terry Black's Barbeque

Terry passed down generations of barbecue knowledge to his two twin sons who founded Terry Black's Barbeque in Austin. From the Sausage Sandwich to the baked potato salad, Terry Black's legacy is living on through this awesome barbecue spot.

Terry Black's also serves desserts from Mini Pecan Pies to banana pudding with ice cream. They also have "family packs," so feel free to stop by for a cheap but delicious meal with all of your friends.

La Barbecue

La Barbecue is anything but fancy. Owner Lean's father Bobby Mueller was a great pitmaster and won a James Beard Award in 2006 before barbecue was trendy. The restaurant's recipes honor his traditions while adding twists. Some favorites are their brisket, house-made spicy sausage, giant ribs, and all of their delicious sides. From the Chipotle Sausage to the Jalapeno Sausage, La Barbecue also serves up hot dogs with all of the best BBQ toppings you could imagine.

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Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew

Named after the historic railroad stop, Stiles Switch, this delicious barbecue pays homage to the heart of Texas. Stiles Switch also offers daily specials  Wednesday through Sunday! Come in on Thursday for their Smoked Brisket Burger or on Sunday for their smoked fried wings special. Their Hawg Rub Fries are an amazing side for any of their entrees.

Micklethwait Market & Grocery

With a name that's unlike any other, one thing does translate, and it's that their barbecue is also like no other. With menu items such as the Brisket Frito Pie to the Lemon Poppy Slaw and Jalapeno Cheese Grits to the Buttermilk Pie, Micklethwait Craft Meats is a mouthful in the best possible way. What started as a career in baking, Tom Micklethwait realized there was a common thread between his passion for baking and barbecue!

Next time you're craving barbecue, hit up one of these Austin restaurants for the best barbecue in the region.

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