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Brown’s Bar-B-Que

Brown’s Bar-B-Que has one of the best briskets in Austin, and one of the best side items in Texas. When we visited a year ago (at their previous location) we found the brisket to be the weak link, but no longer. Pitmaster Daniel Brown has found the sweet spot in his trailer mounted steel smoker, and Austin is the beneficiary.

The box of meat was quickly redeemed with our first bite of the juicy pork rib. It was thick with a nice dark bark. The seasoning was simple, but it had a nice sweetness to the glaze which provided a good counterpoint to the bold smokiness. That good smoke carried over to the brisket as well. We got a few thick slices of mostly brisket flat, or lean brisket which can easily dry out. Instead these slices were slick with rendered fat. The salt and pepper crust provided a good texture variation, and a rush of flavor. All taken together, this is brisket that can hang with the big boys of Austin.

City: Austin

Cuisine:

Method: Post oak in an offset smoker

Pitmaster: Daniel Brown

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 1901 S Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX, 78704

Hours: Tues-Wed 11-7, Thur-Sat 11-11

Phone: (512) 517-8520

Year Opened: 2012

Last updated: June 16, 2014

Reviews

  • Ben Woodson

    Happened to visit Brown’s today for the 1st time. Excellent moist brisket, terrific chicken thighs & some of the best pork ribs in all of Austin.

  • Angela Gutierrez

    Best BBQ in town….. friendly service ….. good prices!