Stops on the Austin BBQ Tour, clockwise from top left: John Mueller Meat Co., Franklin Barbecue, La Barbecue and Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew. (Photos by Tom Fox/DMN)

The Dallas Morning News just posted Gary Jacobson's story on our recent Austin BBQ Tour on both and the DMN iPad app. The print story will appear on the in the newspaper's travel section on Sunday.

This may have been the best single day of barbecue we've ever had on tour, sampling four meats from each joint visited. As a collective group, the brisket, ribs, sausage and turkey from La Barbecue, Franklin Barbecue, John Mueller Meat Co. and Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew were outstanding. We had a fifth joint on the itinerary, but Micklethwait Craft Meats had run out of meat for the day by the time we got there at 2 p.m.

Gary writes:

It would be easy to get carried away by what’s happening in Austin barbecue.

Amid a fertile startup environment, young pitmasters are creating a smoked-meat renaissance, using only wood-fired pits and adopting old-school ways to cook for a new generation. A case could even be made that Austin has replaced Lockhart as the capital of Texas barbecue.

Click here to see the story and tour slideshow on

Also, you can join us for an online chat about the Austin BBQ Tour at 1pm-2pm on Monday, April 29th. Click here for the link to the chat on

Austin BBQ Tour

6:30 a.m.: Leave Dallas
9:30 a.m.: Franklin Barbecue, 900 E. 11th St.; 512-653-1187. Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. until the meat runs out.
Noon: La Barbecue, 1502 S. First St.; 512-605-9696. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. until sold out.
1 p.m.: John Mueller Meat Co., 2500 E. Sixth St. Open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:30 a.m. until sold out.
2 p.m.: Micklethwait Craft Meats, 1309 Rosewood Ave.; 512-791-5961. Open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
3:30 p.m.: Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, 6610 N. Lamar Blvd.; 512-380-9199. Open Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
5 p.m.: Wheels up for Dallas


11 years ago

I'll mention that Stiles Switch has had, in my experience, an awesome quality to inconvenience ratio. They aren't quite as good as the other places you mention (in my experience), but they really are running a restaurant more than a stand. They are open until the evening, and usually actually have product to sell that entire time.

Jim Rossman

11 years ago

Agree on all points. Stiles Switch is the real deal and I'd eat there any day.

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