Four “No Line” Texas BBQ Alternatives – Austin


This past weekend I was fortunate enough to be invited by my buddy Sav, that runs the Menuette app (@finddeliciousfood), to do a short 4 to 5 stop BBQ Tour. We decided to hit 4 spots that don’t typically have wait times longer than 10 minutes with out sacrificing quality of meat and preparation. Photos provided by

These locations included:

Brotherton’s Black Iron BBQ

Brotherton’s is located about 15 minutes north of Austin Texas in Pflugerville. I showed up about 15 minutes before they opened and got the opportunity to explore the smoker. Once they opened their doors, patrons exited their cars and formed a line. They serve you meat that is ready to take to your table so the line is very quick. We ordered a sample tray that consisted of Turkey, Pulled Pork, Brisket, Pork Ribs, and 3 different types of Sausage. I am not a sausage fan but the Jalapeno Cheddar made me rethink my existence. The best part about Brotherton’s was the Pork Ribs in my opinion. They were cooked to fall off the bone and the flavors were so juicy and overall perfect. The Mac N Cheese we got was a little spicy as well but in a good way. The consistency was not what i’m used to but overall it was worth it. Make sure to click on the images to visit their Yelp Page and read their reviews.

Kerlin BBQ

Kerlin is located off of East Cesar Chavez down the street from Juan in a Million. We went at the peak of lunch time on a Saturday and there was not many people in line. The location is at a food truck co-op and they have some rustic props and murals around the lot. This was not your traditional type of Texas BBQ. If i’m not mistaken, the owners are originally from Arizona and wanted to fuse Mexican style spices with BBQ. They have a nice smoker tucked away behind the food truck so I wasn’t able to take a look at what they were using. They are open from 11am-4pm or until they are sold out. Here I was able to try the Prime Angus Brisket, Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder, Beef Hotlink and Burnt Ends. In my opinion this place is definitely worth the trip to the East side but my personal pallet was fighting with the seasoning on Brisket and Burnt Ends. My partners love the food here and vouch for it wholeheartedly so I still recommend this location. However, the pork shoulder Kolache is out of this world and will be back to try the Pork Shoulder and Sliced Brisket Sandwich in a follow up. Make sure to click the Header to visit their yelp and see what others are saying.

Rollin’ Smoke ATX

Now Rollin Smoke is my all time favorite BBQ food truck in Austin. I have yet to find one that makes the meat taste they way they do! I have reviewed this food truck solo in a previous post so click here if you want to read more. They offer the Playboy Sandwhich with incorporates their brisket and sausage with their house made BBQ sauce. They have a state of the art smoker just out back that you can watch the chef’s prep and smoke the meats. Click the Header to visit their Yelp reviews and see why they have a 4.5 out of 5 star rating!

JNL Barbecue

Last but surely not least is JNL BBQ. They are located off East 7th street at the Buzz Mill Shady Location. I had the opportunity to speak with the owner and his wife Ben and Sarah Lambert. Buzz Mill offers some of the top draft beers in Austin and when you pair that with some top notch BBQ, you have found your new home. There are so many activities in this area and it makes for a great date night! Knowing that the Pitmaster’s learned from Franklins BBQ, you feel safe knowing you have some of the best meat in the area. Ben let me in on a secret as to why their potato salad is so good. He said, “Sarah (his wife) is not a fan of Potatoe salad, so he let her make her own recipe, figuring if she liked it, others would like it”. And he wasn’t wrong. Along side from their flavorful brisket, the burnt ends melt in your mouth. But what really took me by surprise was their green beans! I’m not a fan of green beans by any means and if I had these at home, I would eat more vegetables. Make sure to stop by, enjoy a beer, play some games, and indulge in some Austin authentic BBQ. Click the link to read more about JNL Barbecue in the Austin Chronicle.

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