AUSTIN | Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ falls into that group of barbecue joints that like to do things that aren’t exactly traditional barbecue. In this case, it’s pitmaster Miguel Vidal and business partner Michael Lerner fusing barbecue and Tex Mex flavours and foods to create their own thing.
The food at Valentina’s is San Antonio influenced, which is also where the use of mesquite to smoke the meat comes from. The meats are available in a taco, on a sandwich, or by the pound, meaning you can have a more traditional barbecue offering if you want (you still get tortillas and salsa on the side). The hand rolled tortillas are made from scratch on site and are divine with just the right amount of stretch and thickness while the meat, well that’s a thing of beauty.
The award winning brisket is fantastic here, it’s not overly smoky, and melts in your mouth while the pulled pork is also a thing of wonder and works wonderfully with slaw and salsa in taco form. Even if you’re not convinced, the brisket taco, covered in salsa and fresh guacamole and wrapped in a warm tortilla is something you need to order when you come here. Trust us.
Although we’ve not tried this particular menu item, the Real Deal Holyfield is the thing of legends – huevos rancheros full of refried beans, potatoes, egg and bacon, topped with a slice of beef brisket in a tortilla. Oh yes.
If you can’t make it to the original truck, there’s a second location on W 6th street, Violet Taco, which has a similar but more limited offering than the original.
Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ
7612 Brodie Lane
Mon – Sun: 8:00am to sold out