Austin's 4 top spots to score barbecue on a budget

Rollin Smoke BBQ. | Photo: Da W./Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on May 18, 2020.

Looking to sample the best barbecue around town?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable barbecue hot spots in Austin, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture when cravings strike.

1. Rollin Smoke BBQ

PHOTO: vinod k./YELP

Topping the list is Rollin Smoke BBQ. Located at 1501 E. Sixth St. in East Cesar Chavez, the food truck is the highest-rated budget-friendly barbecue spot in Austin, boasting 4.5 stars out of 236 reviews on Yelp.

"Dedicated to bringing East Austin barbecue during the late hours of the night as well days on the weekends," notes the business's Yelp profile.

(You can check out the full menu, which features sandwiches, tacos and more, here.)

2. Lula Mae's Catering and BBQ

PHOTO: lula mae's catering and bbq/YELP

Next up is Upper Boggy Creek's Lula Mae's Catering and BBQ, situated at 3842 Airport Blvd. With five stars out of 31 reviews on Yelp, the spot to score barbecue has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an affordable option.

The casual spot serves barbecue plates, sandwiches and meats by the pound, and for dessert, there's lemon meringue, cheesecake and peach cobbler available. 

3. Smokey J's Barbeque

PHOTO: carlos s./YELP

Smokey J's Barbeque, a spot to score barbecue and more, is another affordable go-to, with four stars out of 99 Yelp reviews. Head over to 7008 Ranch Road 620 N to see for yourself.

Yelper Dawn H., who reviewed Smokey J's Barbeque on Feb. 7, wrote, "The breakfast tacos are some of the best around and their scratch smoked beef jerky is phenom."

And Galen E. wrote, "Hands down the best sausage and egg taco I've had in Texas."  

4. Bar-B-Q Heaven

PHOTO: corine m./YELP

Downtown, check out Bar-B-Q Heaven, which has earned four stars out of 80 reviews on Yelp. Check it out for yourself by heading over to 519 E. Seventh St. 

The food truck serves barbecue and soul food dishes, such as ribs, brisket sandwiches, sausage, burnt ends and tacos.

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