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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.
    Upvoted Aug 10
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Amanda Rose
    Amanda RoseApril 3, 2015
    Brisket and sausage were phenomenal! Creamed corn was great, too. Could've skipped the beef ribs, though.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Len S.
    Len SchmidtAugust 6, 2014
    Great sauce here. Try the Brisket and the sweet corn. Grab some pecan pie as well, really good.
  • 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
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    MTVMarch 14, 2013
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  • Jon K.
    Jon KentMarch 15, 2014
    Get a BBQ sandwich here, won't regret it! Throw coleslaw on top!
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted Sep 9
  • Sean C.
    Sean ClaesAugust 16, 2011
    Good "visiting Austin" group dinner place. Plenty of space and not too loud... and really good BBQ.
  • Allison K.
    Brisket and mac and cheese were just okay. Better BBQ options in town.
  • 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.
  • cristina c.
    cristina carreteroMarch 11, 2013
    Only served at lunch but awesome loaded potato with chopped beef!!! Yum!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Chris D.
    Chris DarbroMarch 9, 2012
    Make sure to try the table BBQ sauce. Sweet, with BBQ kick, you'll love it!
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RubensteinSeptember 18, 2012
    The brisket is the bomb. They also have old school sodas.
  • 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.
  • 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. :-)
  • 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!
  • jon a.
    jon accarrinoMarch 12, 2013
    While waiting in line, check out the 1935 flood line inside on left wall.
  • Greg P.
    Greg PagansDecember 16, 2015
    get the brisket--this place is incredible, EXCELLENT food and service!
  • Sebastian A.
    Sebastian AlbersMarch 7, 2014
    Try the beef brisket with cole slaw and sweet corn salad. It's wonderful!
  • 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.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HarrisonMarch 13, 2012
    The line isn't as long as it looks, it moves really fast. Order the brisket.
  • Thea M.
    Thea MarquettaAugust 25, 2014
    The sampler was great and enough for 2 servings
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Damien B.
    Damien Basile 😈March 14, 2012
    Try the Beef Brisket BBQ Plate - The sauce - mmmmm!
  • Mike S.
    Mike SmithMarch 13, 2015
    Get the sampler platter. You will not regret it.
  • 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.
  • Leo L.
    Leo LainezFebruary 11, 2012
    Big says chicken I say ribs. I'll try the chicken next time.
  • Luka K.
    Luka KladaricMarch 11, 2013
    great food, definitely a recommendation
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Roberto S.
    The best BBQ in town !!
  • 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!
  • Leandro B.
    O que tem de bom? EVERYTHING
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