AUSTIN | La Barbecue is one of the most highly regarded barbecue spots in Austin, if not all of Texas, and has a long and complex story behind it. It was originally set up by John Mueller, of the famous Mueller barbecue family, as JMueller BBQ until a family spat caused John and his sister LeAnn to go their separate ways. LeAnn changed the name to La Barbecue (her name is where the “La” comes from) and hired John Lewis (ex Franklin Barbecue) as pitmaster.
There’s nothing bad on the menu, but the USDA black Angus prime beef brisket is one of the highlights here, with Lewis cooking it for twelve to fifteen hours at about 275°F resulting in a fall-off-the-fork tender, succulent piece of meat. Make sure you go for a bit of lean and a bit of fatty – both are excellent. Another highlight for us is the pulled pork, which has a more succulent texture than most, and is coated with a dangerously addictive vinaigrette. For sides, the pinto beans and chipotle slaw are perfect accompaniments to the meat.
La Barbecue is quite popular, and you can expect lines while you wait for the good stuff. Thankfully the lines aren’t as long as at Franklin, and you shouldn’t be waiting any more than an hour at most. There’s also free cold Lonestar beer if you want a drink while you wait.
1906 E Cesar Chavez Street
Wed – Sun: 11:00am to 6:00pm (or until sold out)