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Iron Works BBQ

BBQ Joint$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
175 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • brisket
  • ribs
  • authentic
  • good for groups
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  • Tatiana F.
    Tatiana FedorovaOctober 27, 2014
    Authentic Austin restaurant with amazing brisket. Great atmosphere! A balcony with a view to a channel with turtles and fish. Love it!!!
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightSeptember 26, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The pork ribs here are top notch. Lines start forming out the door at 11:30am (especially during SXSW) but they move quickly. Iron Works is deceptively larger than it looks from the outside, trust me.
  • Thanos G.
    Thanos GoulasAugust 12, 2016
    To put it simply... OMG! Having visited countless BBQ places, this one beats them all. I've never tasted such a tender and moist brisket, heavenly ribs. Unfortunately the sausage is kind average.
  • Salvador .
    The brisket and sausages were good but not great. Really liked the cole slaw and potato salad. Also make sure to get some banana pudding for desert.
  • Karina G.
    Karina GotuzzoSeptember 27, 2013
    Delicious brisket and pork ribs, but don't seat on the deck area, it's infested with termites on the wood floor!! I was wearing sandals and a lot termites climbed on my feet.
  • Spooner
    SpoonerNovember 11, 2012
    The sausage is legit. Get it and get some to take home. Everything else I've ever had here on multiple occasions has been dried out beyond belief, though. Props for glass bottle sodas.
  • Casey L.
    Casey LauMarch 12, 2015
    Get the sampler platter if it's your first time here - it looks huge but you'll eat it all and be happy you did.
  • Danyel S.
    Danyel SmithMarch 17, 2014
    so. excellent. the brisket. the pork ribs. the chicken. the pinto beans. the sweet creamed corn. the baked yam when they have it. plate > sandwich. ALL OF THE SAUCES!
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Reader tip: It was packed with celebrities who appreciated the SXSW open, casual, shared dining experience. You won't be disappointed. I promise. Read more
  • Adam G.
    Adam GambrelDecember 7, 2014
    Great BBQ that is way overpriced. The food was excellent and authentic, but a two meat plate with sides was $18 for lunch.
  • Abner A.
    Abner AcevesFebruary 15, 2015
    This is the best sauce in all of the ATX BBQ scene. Takes the meat to a whole different level! Check this place out. Delicious.
  • Luke H.
    Luke HvassOctober 14, 2014
    Best BBQ I have ever eaten in my life. The sampler after is bomb, and the atmosphere is great. Can't wait to come back!
  • Melania S.
    Melania SpagnoliMarch 8, 2015
    Very authentic BBQ place! The atmosphere is great and very friendly. Try the brisket!
  • Blair B.
    Blair BenefieldNovember 25, 2014
    Nothing fancy about this place..paper plates, very simple menu...but none of that will matter when u take one bite of the most tender beef brisket you've ever had. Use spicy BBQ or ur making a mistake
  • Denis R.
    Denis RoyMarch 8, 2014
    The Sampler is a must! Love the place. Got the t-shirt. #sxswqc
  • Dustin P.
    Dustin PollyNovember 25, 2014
    Had the Beef-Brisket plate with Mac-N-Cheese and Green Beans. The brisket was so tender, and the spicy BBQ sauce made it complete.
  • Henry B.
    Great BBQ. Mac cheese not so good. Lovely atmosphere - authentic and wonderfully simple. Sampler plate is v large.
  • Deborah A.
    Deborah Au-YeungMarch 8, 2013
    Get the sampler to get a taste o beef ribs, brisket and smoked sausage. The beef ribs are to die for.
  • Amanda Rose
    Amanda RoseApril 3, 2015
    Brisket and sausage were phenomenal! Creamed corn was great, too. Could've skipped the beef ribs, though.
  • Camden A.
    Camden ArmsbySeptember 3
    The brisket was great, but the pulled pork didn't compare to other BBQ spots. Sides can be skipped
  • Gennifer B.
    Gennifer BorgstedtAugust 7, 2013
    Food is amazing! Don't expect a smile or decent customer service from the cashier; she apparently hates her life and anything that comes in contact with it.
  • Shadi
    ShadiDecember 13, 2015
    This is what a BBQ joint needs to be. No fancy stuff, no service; but amazing food! Beef brisket,brisket,brisket... Don't feel a shame, get in line for round two.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkAugust 14, 2013
    Get the beef ribs for sure. They're simply amazing. Also the spicy BBQ sauce is a must.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MillerNovember 11, 2015
    One of the best BBQ places in Austin. And a perfect low-key, no-frills environment.
  • Emerson Q.
    Emerson QuevedoMarch 17, 2010
    The ribs are their best dish but if you want to find that out on your own try "The Sampler" comes with the brisket, a sausage and 1 rib! - the best BBQ in downtown Austin.
  • Gregory G.
    Gregory GoodinApril 6, 2011
    Great briscuit and everything else for that matter. Sauce is sweet with a little bite. Also, they have a great selection of sodas.
  • Len S.
    Len SchmidtAugust 6, 2014
    Great sauce here. Try the Brisket and the sweet corn. Grab some pecan pie as well, really good.
  • Dean L.
    Dean LarrinagaSeptember 25, 2012
    Oh man small, nice atmosphere. The pork ribs are great. Price is a little high but totally worth it
  • Moish F.
    Moish F.March 26, 2010
    If it's your first time, consider the "Sampler" plate. If you're 2 people, add one other plate of whatever looks good, and the two of you will really chow down. This stuff is really the BBQ sheeyat. Read more
  • MTV
    MTVMarch 14, 2013
    It’s official, MTV and Dan Platzman from Imagine Dragons agree that Kimchi Taco Truck is amazing.
  • Nick V.
    Nick VargoSeptember 15
    Good sausage, even better brisket. Mac and cheese is also good! Quaint little patio.
  • samichlaus
    samichlausMay 24, 2015
    Authentic Texan BBQ place. Try the pork chops and brisket.
  • Jon K.
    Jon KentMarch 15, 2014
    Get a BBQ sandwich here, won't regret it! Throw coleslaw on top!
  • Claudia M.
    Claudia MayberryFebruary 12, 2016
    The beef ribs are the best. Also, the sliced beef. Loved the atmosphere.
  • Rita B.
    Rita BaltazarJuly 25, 2015
    Brisket. You can choose de sampler with brisket, rib, sausage.
  • Allison K.
    Brisket and mac and cheese were just okay. Better BBQ options in town.
  • Sean C.
    Sean ClaesAugust 16, 2011
    Good "visiting Austin" group dinner place. Plenty of space and not too loud... and really good BBQ.
  • Terrell K.
    Terrell KinneyMay 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the table outside where you can watch Waller Creek.
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfMarch 9, 2012
    Very solid BBQ place. Go for the ribs and brisket with a side of coleslaw!
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniMarch 8, 2014
    Awesome meats! Can't go wrong there. Sides not that great though.
  • Shawn M. M.
    Shawn M. MillerFebruary 25, 2010
    Iron Works is the real deal, authentic BBQ, plastic "silver wear" and all. Got the "Sampler"! It's a great deal for any carnivore, my belly is FULL!
  • cristina c.
    cristina carreteroMarch 11, 2013
    Only served at lunch but awesome loaded potato with chopped beef!!! Yum!
  • Rick Perry for President
    Rick Perry for PresidentSeptember 1, 2011
    Great beef ribs. We hosted our 2010 SXSW gathering here. You'll meet your match if you get a full BBQ plate.
  • Yu Hsiang W.
    Yu Hsiang WongApril 17, 2013
    Go for the sampler ... comes with brisket, ribs and sausage.
  • Welcome to College
    Welcome to CollegeMarch 28, 2011
    In town visiting colleges in Austin, make sure to stop at Iron Works BBQ and get the Sampler. INCREDIBLE!
  • Michael M.
    Michael MuseMay 16, 2014
    Too many good BBQ places in Austin to pick favorites, for some reason this one made me feel most at home. Delicious BBQ sauce.
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RubensteinSeptember 18, 2012
    The brisket is the bomb. They also have old school sodas.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DarbroMarch 9, 2012
    Make sure to try the table BBQ sauce. Sweet, with BBQ kick, you'll love it!
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam GoldmanFebruary 3, 2016
    The beef ribs are phenomenal. Why would you get anything else?
  • Ryan
    RyanMarch 6, 2010
    Sometimes, I wake up in the middle of the night craving their sausage sandwiches. Parking is free, they have air conditioning, and the food is unbeatable.
  • Thomas H.
    Thomas HeilAugust 19, 2011
    Incredible brisket plate with delicious potato salad and smokey-flavored beans.
  • Paul R.
    Paul ReyApril 20, 2013
    Great pork ribs! And when in Texas, try a Lone Star beer. Not bad. :-)
  • Sebastian A.
    Sebastian AlbersMarch 7, 2014
    Try the beef brisket with cole slaw and sweet corn salad. It's wonderful!
  • Internet E.
    Internet ExplorerMarch 7, 2011
    Close to the convention center, but get here early if you plan on making it to your after lunch sessions!
  • Greg P.
    Greg PagansDecember 16, 2015
    get the brisket--this place is incredible, EXCELLENT food and service!
  • jon a.
    jon accarrinoMarch 12, 2013
    While waiting in line, check out the 1935 flood line inside on left wall.
  • Jason T.
    Jason ThigpenApril 13, 2015
    Legit BBQ joint on the river. Authentic venue. Good food.
  • Damien B.
    Damien Basile 😈March 12, 2012
    Try the Beef Brisket Plate & Pork Loin Sandwich - Yum!!
  • Greg T.
    Greg TakayamaMarch 29, 2012
    If you get brisket, make sure to get the fatty brisket.
  • Thea M.
    Thea MarquettaAugust 25, 2014
    The sampler was great and enough for 2 servings
  • Dan H.
    Dan HarrisonMarch 13, 2012
    The line isn't as long as it looks, it moves really fast. Order the brisket.
  • Tim J.
    Tim JulienFebruary 17, 2015
    Hang out with friends at the long tables and get some brisket
  • Ian
    IanApril 8, 2016
    The sampler plate was awesome
  • Volcom Entertainment
    Volcom EntertainmentNovember 19, 2010
    Sampler shampler, just order one of everything on the freaking menu. Food coma has never felt so good. You'll be counting ribs to fall asleep from here on out.
  • Ryan
    RyanJuly 15, 2014
    Ribs. I had ribs for lunch.
  • Tom R.
    Tom RieckeOctober 1, 2014
    I don't know what the hype is about. Definitely not epic BBQ. The brisket is best bet but not memorable. I would totally skip the ribs and the sides are not worth the effort.
  • Rudy P.
    Rudy PeevDecember 20, 2013
    If you're in the mood for bland bbq, help yourself. THis place does NOT represent Austin's BBQ.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SmithMarch 13, 2015
    Get the sampler platter. You will not regret it.
  • Damien B.
    Damien Basile 😈March 14, 2012
    Try the Beef Brisket BBQ Plate - The sauce - mmmmm!
  • Dave F.
    Dave FitchJanuary 31, 2015
    Great ribs, less convinced by the brisket
  • Lawrence G. Miller
    Lawrence G. MillerMay 30, 2011
    Very good BBQ and very convenient. Come early at lunch!
  • Matthew C.
    Matthew CoxMarch 13, 2013
    I was really underwhelmed by the BBQ. It tasted like they had cut the smoking time in order to produce food faster. Maybe that's just because of sxsw. Rub was mild. Not much flavor.
  • Jacob C.
    Jacob CassDecember 28, 2014
    Pretty shitty bbq to be honest. Was dry and cold. Go to LA Barbecue just near by and get the brisket. (Go before 1pm otherwise will be sold out)
  • Peter S.
    Peter StarkFebruary 24, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Best BBQ and close to convention center.
  • Luka K.
    Luka KladaricMarch 11, 2013
    great food, definitely a recommendation
  • Leo L.
    Leo LainezFebruary 11, 2012
    Big says chicken I say ribs. I'll try the chicken next time.
  • Shane A.
    Shane AntonyJuly 6, 2014
    I don't get the hype. The beef ribs are full of gristle and fat. The green beans tasted like they came out of a green giant can. There r far better BBQ places in Austin.
  • Bryan C.
    Bryan CollinsMarch 15, 2011
    We got a pound of everything, the chopped beef won the meat fight. Go for it.
  • Marina
    MarinaNovember 29, 2014
    I don't eat meat but all the sides were really good.
  • Anthony V.
    Anthony VerreMarch 21, 2013
    The SAMPLER is righteous! 1st time here? Try this! ;-)
  • Mike B.
    Mike B.May 2, 2010
    The sampler platter is an orgy of textures and flavors that dance rhapsodically in your mouth.
  • Marcelo G.
    Marcelo GuerraMarch 8, 2013
    The beef rib was tasty but brisket was really special
  • April B.
    April BennettFebruary 26, 2012
    SXSWi attendees, get you some Barbecue... Especially if you're not from Texas!
  • Dens
    DensMarch 13, 2009
    Yeah, I know it's packed but you gotta get the steak with the butter sauce (shit, what kind of sauce was it?) and the side of mac and cheese. Bananatown delicious.
  • Josh P.
    Josh ParkerSeptember 18, 2013
    Don't sit out back! Ants! Damn good smoked sausage!
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony AdamsJanuary 9, 2013
    Everything is amazing, period.
  • Carol B.
    Carol BraleyNovember 21, 2014
    Barbeque beef ribs! None better to be found!
  • jbrotherlove
    jbrotherloveMarch 16, 2010
    Visiting for SXSW? try off hours (e.g., during panels). Also, Iron Works is closed on Sunday.
  • Roberto S.
    Don't forget to feed the birds..
  • Grace K.
    Grace KengSeptember 19, 2012
    Great beef brisket. Just have it last night!
  • Nick
    NickFebruary 22, 2010
    Spicy sausage with sweet BBQ sauce death row last meal good with both kinds of ribs. Oh man.
  • Shane H.
    Shane HeplerMarch 10, 2014
    Get the Beef Brisket. Enough said.
  • Will K.
    Will KivinskiJanuary 11, 2014
    This place isn't very good. Everything was dry. Sausage was the best of the sampler.
  • Tom F.
    Tom FangerMarch 10, 2013
    Yummy sampler plate.
  • Roberto S.
    The best BBQ in town !!
  • Gadling
    GadlingMay 3, 2010
    Brisket is the highlight. Try the sampler platter if you're really hungry.
  • Angela S.
    Angela SheridonMarch 11, 2012
    Go upstairs for an outside table.
  • Chris E.
    Chris EagerJune 1, 2013
    Texas us about smoke. This is superior to all others
  • Marcelo S.
    Marcelo SalgadoApril 11, 2015
    Awesome! The original Texas BBQ.
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BrownApril 14, 2013
    Sampler plate is excellent!
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SchlegelMarch 9, 2012
    For #sxsw, stop by the RV across the street for warm cookies from @practicefusion
  • Robert S.
    Robert ScobleMarch 12, 2011
    Upstairs is completely empty. So if you need a place to sit come up the stairs.
  • David B.
    David BradleyOctober 29, 2011
    Potato salad is weak. Potato fries are awesome.
  • Joshua G.
    Joshua GarzaJanuary 7, 2013
    The bbq sauce is to die for.
  • Steve G.
    Steve GormanApril 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If there is a long line to get in that means a big celebrity is eating inside.
  • Coach K.
    Coach KornSeptember 17, 2012
    Remeber Big Red soda? They have it in bottles here.
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    Nikon USAMarch 13, 2011
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  • Nakeva (Photography) C.
    Brisket is awesome and they have their own sauce. Check out
  • John B.
    John BartolMarch 19, 2012
    Beef ribs are stellar!
  • Toni H.
    Toni HammondSeptember 2, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The ribs are amazing
  • Joe P.
    Joe PachecoOctober 14, 2011
    There is much better BBQ in and around Austin... come here only if stuck at the convention center.
  • John G.
    John GilbertMarch 13, 2013
    Grab the sampler. Great food
  • Anton S.
    Anton SchlesingerMarch 15, 2012
    The beef ribs here are the BIZNESS
  • Dan H.
    Dan HallenbeckOctober 19, 2011
    The jalapenos are sweet peppers. Take a big bite.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SosMarch 10, 2013
    Food is good but not good enough to wait in line. Better to walk across street and get bbq at food trucks for sxsw
  • nina m.
    nina muflehMarch 13, 2013
    excellent brisket!
  • Max P.
    Max PlanteJanuary 14, 2011
    Such a memorable experience! More BBQ sauce please!! ;)
  • jbrotherlove
    jbrotherloveMarch 8, 2012
    SXSW folks, Iron Works BBQ will be open this Sunday (3/11/12).
  • Trena D.
    Trena DaignaultSeptember 21, 2011
    Very good BBQ Enjoy patio if its cool.
  • Andy M.
    Andy MMarch 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ribs. That is my tip.
  • Mark R.
    Mark RechlerDecember 11, 2011
    A bit diss appointing. Ribs good.
  • I Realty C.
    I Realty ConnectMay 19, 2013
    It's so good they regularly run out of meat
  • Marta T.
    Marta Torres VieiraJuly 26, 2015
    Fantastic BBQ
  • Shiny W.
    Shiny WrapMarch 10, 2012
    There is a sign on the door that says they will be open on Sunday for SXSW
  • Jim S.
    Jim SMay 3, 2012
    Awesome sampler plate
  • Jae S.
    Jae Salinas 🍜March 7, 2014
    Get the beef ribs
  • Jim M.
    Jim MarascioAugust 23, 2011
    The brisket is amazing!
  • Mary Kate S.
    Mary Kate SmitherMarch 12, 2010
    Amazing potato salad and definitely don't skip the peach cobbler! It's delicious... Read more
  • Tonya S.
    Tonya Simpson-FeamsterAugust 17, 2013
    Enjoyed feeding the turtles after dinner.
  • Terrence
    TerrenceMarch 22, 2011
    the sampler. end of story.
  • Ming-Samurai L.
    Ming-Samurai LaiSeptember 28, 2015
    Sausage links
  • Dave S.
    Dave SurganMarch 21, 2010
    Get the sampler! It is a huge amount of food.
  • Matt G.
    Matt GalliganMarch 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the peach cobbler. It's outstanding.
  • 🎀Khara' H.
  • Andru E.
    Andru EdwardsMarch 15, 2012
    Try the Banana Pudding
  • Peter A.
    Peter AlauOctober 18, 2011
    Do I really need to give you a reason? Just go. Read more
  • M B.
    M BFebruary 24, 2016
    Best beef ribs
  • Big Boi
    Big BoiMarch 9, 2011
    I always go with the chicken.
  • John R.
    John RabasaMarch 13, 2010
    Go for BBQ sandwich with all you can eat pickles
  • Jim L.
    Jim LassiterApril 22, 2012
    Poor If this is Austin's best that is sad. The service was as dry as the meat. Go get a McRib for better. Very disappointed
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BelousekOctober 19, 2011
    Pork ribs were good but the pork loin sandwich was dry
  • Jesse J.
    Jesse JamesMarch 29, 2012
    Beef Ribs FTW
  • Greg A.
    Greg ArengJuly 12, 2013
    Try the brisket
  • Jai D.
    Jai DandekarMarch 9, 2012
    Try the Sampler Plate
  • Michael P.
    Michael PerezNovember 27, 2010
    Grab some chilly to warm you up for the cold holiday season.
  • Rick G.
    Rick GonzalezAugust 17, 2012
    Ditto all but pass on nanner puddin
  • Jean-Guy N.
    Jean-Guy NiquetOctober 5, 2010
    The pork ribs are amazing.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SilversteinMarch 17, 2012
    Toothpicks, paper towels, agua...
  • TJ L.
    TJ LeonardMarch 10, 2011
    Shiner + brisket = party in my mouth
  • Rob O.
    Rob OubridgeMarch 11, 2012
    Killer BBQ sauce, lash it on
  • Mac
    MacDecember 4, 2011
    Try the BBQ!
  • Chris A.
    Chris AlstonSeptember 23, 2011
    Order the ribs! You know you do...
  • schneidermike s.
    Get ya vitamins and IRON
  • Stephen T.
    Stephen TattonFebruary 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Skip the brisquet, go straight for the ribs!
  • @iamkhayyam
    @iamkhayyamMarch 13, 2011
    Best joint in town. #FingerLickingGood
  • Stephen N.
    Stephen NoldMarch 15, 2010
    One of the best BBQ places in Austin
  • Sharron💋 R.
    Sharron💋 ReneeMarch 10, 2011
    Sampler plate yuup you know it!
  • Justin P.
    Justin PhillipsMarch 15, 2011
    This place is tops!!
  • Drew C.
    Drew CarlsJuly 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    All about the sampler!
  • benjamin g.
    benjamin gautheyMarch 13, 2010
    Take the sampler!!!! Incredible
  • BluLabel D.
    BluLabel DailyDealsMarch 15, 2010
    It's all about the sampler plate. Oink. Oink.
  • Todd C.
    Todd CarpenterApril 10, 2011
    get tha' samplah'
  • Madelyn J.
    Madelyn JohnsonApril 15, 2012
    It is expensive.
  • Justin L.
    Justin LanhamMarch 14, 2010
    Best BBQ in Town!
  • Amanda P.
    Amanda PlyleyMarch 14, 2009
    BBQ beef plate with spicy BBQ sauce and a Lone Star. Uh huh.
  • Sean S.
    Sean SavageFebruary 28, 2009
    Classic. Best BBQ downtown, maybe best in Austin.
  • Sarah W.
    Sarah WulfeckMarch 15, 2009
    Pork ribs and peach cobbler. There is no finer meal.
  • Michael R.
    Michael RedingSeptember 12, 2013
    Don't go! Better BBQ elsewhere.
  • George K.
    George KellyMarch 14, 2009
    Have turkey plate. Wash down with either Shiner Black Lager or Welch's grape soda.
  • Morgan B.
    Morgan BrownMarch 15, 2009
    a must eat while in Austin!
  • Q L.
    Q LamMarch 16, 2009
    Go to Iron Works BBQ. Pull your own pork.
  • Micah B.
    Micah BaldwinMarch 13, 2009
    Ordered the Beef Brisket and Ribs.
  • Dan F.
    Dan FostMarch 16, 2009
    Go to Iron Works, eat BBQ, any day but Sunday
  • Leandro B.
    O que tem de bom? EVERYTHING
  • Никита Д.
    Ммммм, свининка
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