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Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ

Photograph by Daniel Vaughn

Mesquite smoke is a constant perfume around the trailer since the smokers always seem to be fired up, and owner Miguel Vidal has found a way to temper that smokiness in the meat. Nothing ever tastes over smoked. The barbecue at Valentina’s is available in a taco, on a sandwich, or by the pound. If ordering a taco, the brisket comes chopped unless specified. Ask for sliced. They don’t skimp on the meat, so that allows you to sneak a slice off for a pre-taco snack. After a bite of the smoky and lusciously moist brisket, you might feel compelled to order it by the pound so nothing gets between you and the brisket. Fear not, bulk meat orders come with tortillas and homemade salsa in case you change your mind mid-pound. While they offer their own barbecue sauce, I would stick with the excellent salsas. They work better with the meat, and provide just enough heat.

City: Austin


Method: Wood-fired offset smoker with mesquite

Pitmaster: Miguel Vidal

Price: $

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 11500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX, 78745

Hours: M 7:30-9, W-Sun 7:30-10 (or sold out)

Phone: (512) 363-8520

Website: www.valentinastexmexbbq.com

Year Opened: 2013

Last updated: December 9, 2013


  • Jimmy

    Great review! I knew a review was in the works, and I was going to try to beat you to it. Oh well. Either way, I have to try this place.

  • David

    I’ve been fortunate to visit Valentina’s for their beef short ribs. A single short plate rib 8″ long with a minimum of two inches of succulent meat sits atop the bone. Reminded me of a big o’l grizzly bear sleeping on a log. One was enough to almost forget about the home made tortillas and sliced brisket. But that wasn’t going to happen.