If Texas had a national food, it would be brisket. Smoky, meaty, melt-in-your-mouth goodness that can best be described as happiness on a plate. In honor of National Brisket Day (not that we needed an official excuse, but here we are) presenting our list of the best brisket within Austin city limits:

la Barbecue

“Just Meat It” is the motto, and we’re totally on board. Find la Barbecue’s incredible brisket at Quickie Pickie on east Cesar Chavez. Order for pickup here: https://www.toasttab.com/la-barbecue/v3

Micklethwait Craft Meats

Named one of the top 10 BBQ joints in Texas by Texas Monthly, Micklethwait is serious about their smoked meats. The brisket is some of the best we’ve ever had. Order online here: https://my-site-102670-100455.square.site/


Out of this world BBQ tucked away in northwest Austin, Interstellar builds their brisket on quality meats and wood, cooked low and slow in small batches. Order online for pickup here: https://www.theinterstellarbbq.com/s/order

Stiles Switch

Find BBQ and brews at this spot located off N Lamar. Besides brisket, they offer the “Cadillac of the menu” which are insanely tender and perhaps life-changing Beef Ribs for $24 per pound. Order online at http://www.stilesswitchbbq.com/

J Leonardi Barbecue

This east side BBQ joint is so legit, they smoke their brisket overnight for a perfect slice of savory meat. Pro tip: they sell out daily, so be sure to order early to get your fix. Call or text 512-774-0639 to order curbside & pickup.

The Original Black’s Barbecue

Black’s means business when it comes to brisket, they’ve been smoking since 1932. Order online for pickup or delivery here: https://www.blacksbbq.com/delivery.html

Leroy & Lewis

New school barbecue with old school service, Leroy & Lewis has quickly gained a large cult following in Austin. Their expert pitmasters smoke some of the best meats available like 44 Farms Beef Cheeks and Akaushi Brisket. Just, woah. Order online here: https://my-site-103543-104592.square.site/


A Texas family business through and through, Valentina’s serves up “tex mex bbq” that we can’t get enough of. They source their beef from Texas family farms, and don’t miss the smoked brisket taco. Order online here https://www.toasttab.com/valentinastexmexbbq/v3#!/order


An asian smokehouse gloriously brought forth by Tyson Cole and Aaron Franklin, the Loro brisket is a taste to behold. Pair your brisket with a refreshing frozen G&T. Order online at https://www.toasttab.com/loro/v3#!/
Born and raised in Austin, Emily thrives off sunlight and a good happy hour. In her free time she enjoys finding hidden spots along the greenbelt and frequent trips to Austin Pets Alive! She graduated with a degree in PR and has spent the past four years as a social media manager and writer.