Awesome Austin: BBQ

-Shawn Baker; Vice President, Small World Community and BBQ Pitmaster extraordinaire

Barbecue is a food category near and dear to the hearts of many Texans. If you’ve traveled much around the U.S, you probably know that BBQ varies from region to region, with specific identifiers that make the BBQ unique.

This week, our Awesome Austin Series takes a look at some of the best BBQ in the city (and possibly the state) to prepare you for your time in Austin at PersoniFest:

  • Franklin Barbecue
    From Jimmy Kimmel to President Barack Obama, Franklin’s BBQ is a top destination and experience in the city. Owner and “chief firestarter” Aaron Franklin received the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef in the Southwest for 2015. And while the lines are long and start early, I can attest—it is worth the wait! An insider tip: If you’re looking to skip the line, you can place a preorder here.
  • Black’s BBQ
    Legendary Lockhart, Texas is home to some of the most iconic BBQ joints and Pit masters in the world. But you don’t have to drive all the way to Lockhart. Twins Mike and Mark Black, opened the Austin location to honor their father, Terry Black in 2014 and the BBQ landscape in Austin has never been the same. This family-run pit sells out of meat most days, so get there early and order the brisket and smoked turkey—you’ll thank us later!
  • Lamberts Downtown Barbecue
    Less than a block away from the JW is Lamberts Downtown Barbecue. This fancier barbecue is open for lunch, dinner, brunch. They’re even open late nights, where a chopped brisket sandwich and sweet Texas rockabilly waft through the surrounding downtown streets.
  • Micklethwait Craft Meats
    You haven’t lived until you’ve had a barbecue plate out of a food trailer! Micklethwait serves some of the best house made sausage and craft meats in the state and was named to Austin Monthly’s Best of ATX list ! And don’t forget the Frito Pie. They are closed on Mondays, but will make for a great stop on the way to the airport after the conference!

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