On the east side of Austin, right off of Cesar Chavez, you’ll find La Barbecue smoking meat in its newish location. Set in a trailer park that has plenty of seating, and a great place to people-watch and listen to the traffic passing by on IH-35 just above. It’s open Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.- Sold Out, so do yourself a favor and just get there early. Some days they could be open for a while, but you may miss out on some meats like I did and I arrived at 2 p.m.
John Lewis is pit master here, and you can watch him walk hurriedly between meat smoking cabin to serving station. He’s also part owner, along with LeAnn Mueller (yes THAT Mueller family), so the barbecue ties run deep.
And, again, it’s the east side; A booming epicenter for creativity, some old-meets-new Austin, great art spaces, and barbecue. The east side is home to Franklin’s, Kerlin’s BBQ, Micklethwait Meats, John Mueller Meat, Live Oak Barbecue and Sam’s BBQ to name a few.
On this particular grey-day, the sliced brisket, and both beef and pork ribs ran out before I reached the window, so instead, I went with the chopped brisket; still plenty juicy, and able to satisfy. I also went with the Texas hot guts and some buttermilk potato salad. No beer available today, so I went with the all-classic-bbq-drink: Big Red. (See attached menu for pricing)
With ample barbecue options to be had in the Austin area, it doesn’t hurt to try them all. When you live in central Texas you’re bombarded with barbecue. I wish I could make it seem worse than it actually is, but because of its surge in popularity, some places are going to have a line. La Barbecue is one of those places, but well worth the wait.
We are on an exploration of great food and great beer, so let us know if you pay La barbecue a visit and send us some pics!