Texas has arguably some of the best BBQ in the country, maybe even in the world. And the place to go in Texas for good BBQ and a good time, is the Austin area. Lucky for Dripping Springs residents, there are some amazing, mouth-watering, local options for some good Texas BBQ.
Even people who aren’t BBQ fans will discover some delicious options as some places are known for their cornbread and other special dishes. Here are some places to visit for some good ol’ Texas BBQ and the fixin’s.
You can get smokin’ good BBQ right here in Dripping Springs at Pig Pen BBQ (1005 US-290 W., Dripping Springs, TX 78620). They’ve been working for more than 20 years to perfect their seasoning and BBQ techniques.
You’ll find all the regulars on the menu like brisket, pork ribs, turkey, and baked potato salad. Some unique items they have include jalapeño sausage, beef ribs, piggytails candied bacon, jalapeño mac and cheese, nachos, and tacos. Visit PigPen BBQ on Facebook for the latest information.
Since 1982, the Sherrill Family has been serving up slow-cooked barbecue at Railroad Bar-B-Que (1111 West Hwy. 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620). Railroad’s menu includes beef brisket, smoked sausage, pork ribs, turkey, chicken, and chopped BBQ. All of these can be sandwiches and come with two of your favorite BBQ side dishes.
Considering this is Texas where everything is bigger, you’ll find huge baked potatoes there! Railroad also serves chicken fried steak, and salads. The kids menu contains chicken strips and corndogs. Plus, you can call ahead and pick up your order.
Salt Lick BBQ
Located just 5 miles from Dripping Springs in Driftwood, Salt Lick BBQ (18300 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619) is a must-visit as it’s widely known. According to the website, the recipes originated after the Civil War in 1867. That’s when the Roberts family loaded a wagon and traveled from Mississippi to Driftwood, Texas. During this trip, they barbecued meat by searing it and then slow-cooking it over coals over a pit made with rocks.
One hundred years later, Thurman Roberts built a barbecue pit that’s still in use today. The secret is in the caramelization, as the tomatoes don’t burn or turn bitter. For something different, check out the bison ribs. They also have an on-site store selling their sauces, rubs, salsas, and apparel.
The Switch BBQ
The Switch BBQ (166 Hargraves Dr., Suite G-100, Austin, TX 78737) is a short 10-minute drive from Dripping Springs where you’ll find traditional smoked meats as well as some unforgettable specialty dishes like Truck Stop Brisket Enchiladas, Smoked Chicken Philly, Dirty Birdie Burrito, and Crispy Pitroom Brisket Tacos.
A few specialty items they offer include Buford T’s Diablo, a brisket with spicy sausage served on a buttered toasted bun, sweet serrano fried Brussel sprouts, sweet corn casserole, and cucumber tomato salad. Kids who aren’t ready to try BBQ can enjoy kid favorites like chicken tenders and grilled cheese. They also serve a variety of margaritas and signature cocktails.
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