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10 barbecue places in Austin that aren't Franklin

Five hour wait? No thanks.

by Briana Seftel

Austin's Franklin Barbecue is famous for its brisket and 5 hour plus wait time (the line even has its own Twitter account). If you’re not feeling the wait, we recommend these 10 alternative spots for pulled pork, beans and cornbread to satisfy a BBQ craving. Thank us later.

Upscale BBQ with a nice patio and live music upstairs.

- Not For Tourists

Iron Works 78

100 Red River St

Some of the best barbecue in Austin is served in one of the most unusual settings.

- Frommer's

Smitty's Market 80

208 S Commerce St

“Locally owned” by members of a longtime BBQ family (the owner's father ran Kreuz Market at this site), this Lockhart meat market/restaurant is praised for its “outstanding” brisket and pork ribs.

- Zagat

Stubb's Bar-B-Q 77

801 Red River St

The Sunday gospel brunch with fried catfish and a make-your-own Bloody Mary bar is guaranteed to elicit a resounding hymn of praise.

- Gayot

Threadgills 81

6416 N Lamar Blvd

This historic 1930s restaurant housed in a former gas station serves American diner food with a Texan twist.

- DK Eyewitness

Chez Zee American Bistro 79

5406 Balcones Dr

“It’s all about the brunch” and “outstanding” desserts at this “awesome” “neighborhood” Northwest Hills American.

- Zagat

Ranch 616 85

616 Nueces St

You can really taste the chipotle chilies in the tartar sauce that comes with some of the best crispy oysters this side of the Mason-Dixon line.

- Frommer's

Hoover's Cooking 83

2002 Manor Rd

You need to fast for days before eating here. Heavy Southern home cookin.

- Not For Tourists

Salt Lick BBQ 89

18300 Fm 1826

World-Famous BYOB BBQ. 20 mins from downtown.

- Not For Tourists

County Line on the Hill 78

6500 Bee Cave Rd just past 360

Opened in 1975, this scenic hillside bbq restaurant is the original of the County Line chain.

- Frommer's

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