Amigos BBQ Grill
Eat fajitas, tacos and a barbecue sandwich all in one spot at this Pflugerville eatery. Or opt for a classic meat plate with traditional Mexican cuisine side items, such as ranchero beans, Mexican rice and tortillas.
1100 Grand Ave. Parkway, Ste. 108, Pflugerville. 512-989-0123. www.amigosbbqgrill.com
Brotherton’s Black Iron Barbecue
In addition to traditional barbecue menu items, Brotherton’s also has housemade boudin, unique sandwiches such as the “Pflugerville Pfilly,” and interesting sides such as wasabi coleslaw, green chili mac and cheese, and tater tot casserole.
15608 Spring Hill Lane, Ste. 105, Pflugerville. 512-547-4766. https://pflugervillebarbecue.com
This long-standing spot about 7 miles east of Pflugerville is open Thursday and Friday night for dinner and on Saturdays during lunch. The beloved barbecue saloon’s claim to fame is that its meats are only sprinkled with salt and pepper. The rest of the flavor comes from its seasoned brick pit that was built in 1964.
18726 Cameron Road, Manor. 512-869-9340. www.celestore.com
Crave Hot Dogs & BBQ
This restaurant takes a unique approach to barbecue by offering all beef hot dogs, brats, and hot and mild sausages that can be topped with any of its 20-plus toppings in addition to its barbecue classics. Other delicious options include mac and brisket sandwiches, brisket bowls, and a self-serve beer wall that sometimes includes wine and cocktails.
21315 N. SH 130, Ste. 150, Pflugerville. 512-291-6182. https://iwantcrave.com
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
For a quick fix for barbecue cravings, head to this Dallas-based chain restaurant for the slow-smoked Texas-style barbecue Dickey's has been serving for 80 years.
661 Louis Henna Blvd., Round Rock. 512-244-2877. www.dickeys.com
This downtown barbecue establishment serves classic Central Texas barbecue in an eclectic farmhouse environment. Appetizers such as the deviled eggs with bacon bourbon jam and “trash fries” will hold diners over until they make it to the main menu, which is full of options “from the butcher block.”
103 E. Main St., Round Rock. 512-433-6330. https://libertybbqrrtx.com
This Austin-based chain's Round Rock location is Pok-e-Jo’s second oldest. Over 150,000 pounds of brisket is smoked there each year. It has an extensive selection of smoked meats that can be ordered as a plate with sides and toast, or by the pound, plus a variety of hot and cold sides.
1150 N. I-35 Frontage Road, Round Rock. 512-388-7578. https://pokejos.com
Pustka Family Barbeque
This Hutto food truck boasts a simple menu of four meats and four sides. Choose from prime brisket, ribs, handmade sausage or half a chicken, and grab all the sides: brisket beans, Granny’s mustard potato salad, jalapeno green apple slaw and charred corn “elotes” salad.
209 Farley Street, Hutto. 512-466-5949. www.facebook.com/pustkafamilybarbeque
Rudy’s Country Store & Bar-B-Q
This joint has several meat and side options and a choice of banana or chocolate pudding for dessert. It also sells breakfast tacos, pigs in blankets and sausage wraps.
2400 N. I-35, Round Rock. 512-244-2936. https://rudysbbq.com/menu
Salt Lick BBQ
Many locals know and love Salt Lick, and the eatery has a mouthwatering weekend special. For $24.95, diners get a half rack of baby back ribs with potatoes au gratin, beans and green bean casserole.
3350 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. 512-386-1044. https://saltlickbbq.com/round-rock
Saté Texas Indonesian BBQ
For an out-of-the-box take on Texas barbecue, try this Pflugerville food truck that grills Indonesian cuisine Texas-style. It's open on Saturdays and Sundays from 4 p.m. until it is sold out. A fan favorite is its chicken skewers that come with peanut sauce, sambal and pickled veggies.
310 E. Pecan St., Pflugerville. 512-843-1809. www.facebook.com/satetexas
Shaw’s Country Kitchen
This family-owned restaurant serves homemade barbecue and has daily specials. Order a meat plate with two sides, a brisket baked potato or brisket nachos, and add additional meats that vary by day.
5230 Hwy. 79, Round Rock. 512-487-9903. www.facebook.com/shawcountrykitchen
Smokey Mo’s BBQ
This Texas chain offers barbecue meat plates, sandwiches, combos, brisket and barbecue wraps, family packs, comfort food sides, stuffed baked potatoes, salads, Frito pie, and an extensive dessert menu.
1601 S. I-35 Frontage Road, Ste. 320, Round Rock. 512-828-4050. https://smokeymosbbq.com
Southside Market & Barbeque
This Texas barbecue staple known for its premium seasoning blends and sauces was established in Elgin in 1882 and opened a location in Hutto with an outdoor patio and drive-thru in 2020. Its menu features daily meat specials, such as pulled pork and pork belly, that can be ordered as a plate with sides, on a loaded baked potato or in a sandwich.
106 Co Op Blvd., Hutto. 512-518-2117. https://southsidemarket.com
For diners who think of turkey legs when they think of barbecue, this is the place to go. Stuff ‘em is known for its turkey legs and Texas-sized spuds. Patrons can build a plate with a choice of smoked turkey leg, fried turkey leg, jerk turkey leg, smoked potato or salad, and any toppings from its list of 17 options.
1202 FM 685, Ste. B5-B6, Pflugerville. 512-969-3018. https://order.stuffematx.com