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Stiles Switch

Photograph by Wyatt McSpadden

Only a year after taking over the corner of a little shopping center, pitmaster Lance Kirkpatrick seems to have the hang of his surroundings. A loyal customer base now packs the long wooden tables during lunch hours. On our last visit, the fatty brisket and beef ribs were the standout items, but the pork ribs and sausage weren’t far behind. The key is not to bother with the lean brisket, which came out dry and uninspiring; the superb fatty is what you want. We also loved the beef rib’s peppery crust, which balanced nicely with the tender interior.

City: Austin


Method: Post oak; indirect-heat pit

Pitmaster: Lance Kirkpatrick

Pro-tip: Ask for your Thorndale sausage "dry," meaning smoked longer.

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 6610 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin, TX, 78757

Hours: Sun & Tue-€“Thur 11-€“9, Fri & Sat 11-€“10

Phone: 512-380-9199

Website: stilesswitchbbq.com

Year Opened: 2011

Last updated: May 3, 2013