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Trying to find the best barbecue in Austin? It is a major food group and pretty much an art form in Texas, and 10Best has you covered. Our editors search the city and surrounding towns (many of which have a barbecue legacy), and ask for locals' recommendations, to find the top BBQ spots around Austin and Central Texas. Keep in mind that these are not rated in any particular order; and we readily admit that in selecting only 10, there are other equally terrific barbecue restaurants not on this list. Here we've showcased restaurants with a national reputation such as Franklin, and we highlight eateries with great user reviews, like Freedmen's and Stiles Switch. We've covered a large geographic territory, from East Austin and the University of Texas area to nearby towns famous for their barbecue, such as Driftwood and Lockhart, so that you not only get terrific dining recommendations, but you also have choices to boot. Some of these spots have been around for generations, and some are newer; and we've highlighted both restaurants and food trailers. After all, if you're going to eat, you may as well do it right and take advantage of Austin's best.