In Texas the best way to start a fight is to proclaim a certain BBQ joint the best there is but sometimes you just have to tell it like it is. Either way when you come to Austin for SXSW you need to get some real barbecue while you are here.
So here are my top picks for this SXSW 2014 -
Pick #1 - La Barbecue
6th and Waller labarbecue.com/
If you want to really know what is going on follow them on twitter @la_barbecue Ali will keep you informed. The lines are going to be long but there is a good chance you can get some. They open at 11am. Get in line at 10am. They are the best in Austin, the best in Texas and therefore the best in the world in my opinion. That is John Lewis's brisket and handmade Hot Guts in the picture above in the soundcloud file.
Pick #2 - Kerlins BBQ
1700 E. Cesar Chavez 78702
www.facebook.com/KerlinBBQ - Kerlin tends to update FB more than twitter. But they are on twitter as well. https://twitter.com/kerlinbbq
This is a new kid on the block open less than 6 months but already making waves in the Austin BBQ scene. Plus I am picking Bill cause he will be in the heart of the SXSW scene. Open at 11am. For SXSW I would get there at 10am as well. Hey, what is the worse case you are first in line and you start drinking beer a little early.
Pick #3- Mann's BBQ
This is not a food trailer and you will not have to wait and hour to get food.
Plus Kathleen Mann is one of only 2 female pit masters in the entire state of Texas and she is doing a fine job if you ask me. I will let her tell you her story.
The best part about Mann's is that it is a restaurant and away from the crowds. You will have to get in line with the usual lunch time crowd but you will not have to contend with a bunch of SXSW peeps - generally. They have a full selection of smoked meats and a wide variety of side dishes. My recommendation is to make sure you get some of the homemade cornbread to go with your pulled pork. Pro Tip: Get there early if you want ribs. They go the fastest.
I hope you get to enjoy some fine Texas BBQ while you enjoy our city.
If you do tweet me your pics. @wheninaustin