Over the last five years, Austin has experienced a barbecue renaissance (much tastier than the one with all the paintings!) of momentous proportions, which has included a rapid pace of change in the local hierarchy.
Since Austin BBQ is too momentous a topic for any one man (or lady!) alone, we’ve taken a different approach. We turned the voting over to a distinguished panel of chefs, bartenders, sommeliers, and service industry pros with discriminating tastes when it comes to food, service, and atmosphere, with each of them giving us their top five selections (places were awarded 5 points for a first-place vote, 4 for a second, and so forth). Below are the panel’s meaty selections for your next barbecue pilgrimage: