A Photo of The Salt Lick BBQ pit from Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait
Texas is well known for it’s BBQ and Austin has it’s fair share of BBQ joints. Perhaps none is more famous or more popular than the Salt Lick BBQ, just south of town in Driftwood, Texas. This place is always packed full of people on weekends, and there is usually a wait. However, most people view the wait as part of the experience.
The Salt Lick is in a dry county, meaning that alcohol cannot be sold there. As a result customers at the Salt Lick BBQ are encouraged to bring their own beer (BYOB). Cheap alcohol and a cool location inspires many to turn the Salt Lick experience into an all afternoon affair, drinking on the spacious outdoor patio area followed by stuffing their face full of all you can eat meats including pork sausage, beef brisket, and pork ribs.
There are other dishes at the Salt Lick that aren’t on the all you can eat menu, such as BBQ turkey and pulled pork, but most people go for the never ending meat fest I described above.
If you are in Austin for a while, head down to Driftwood for a fun afternoon, but go prepared to wait at least 30 mins to eat with a beer in hand. The Salt Lick does do have a north location at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock that doesn’t have a long wait, but the Driftwood location is the original location known for it’s atmosphere (and BYOB policy).
Not a fan of crowds? if you are more into making your own BBQ, check out this article on how to cook a brisket on the Austin based TastingBuds Food Blog.