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Iron Works BBQ

BBQ Joint$$$$
Downtown Austin, Austin
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  • Rita B.
    "You can choose de sampler with brisket, rib, sausage."(41 Tips)
    Deborah A.
    "The beef ribs are to die for."(16 Tips)
    @nathantwright
    "The pork ribs here are top notch."(8 Tips)
    Mary Kate S.
    "Amazing potato salad and definitely don't skip the peach cobbler!"(3 Tips)
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  • @nathantwright
    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.
    @nathantwright · September 26, 2015
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  • Blair B.
    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
    Blair Benefield · November 25, 2014
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  • Moish F.
    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
    Moish F. · March 26, 2010
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  • Spooner
    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.
    Spooner · November 11, 2012
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  • Karina G.
    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.
    Karina Gotuzzo · September 27, 2013
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  • Tatiana F.
    Authentic Austin restaurant with amazing brisket. Great atmosphere! A balcony with a view to a channel with turtles and fish. Love it!!!
    Tatiana Fedorova · October 27, 2014
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  • Emerson Q.
    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.
    Emerson Quevedo · March 17, 2010
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  • Adam G.
    Great BBQ that is way overpriced. The food was excellent and authentic, but a two meat plate with sides was $18 for lunch.
    Adam Gambrel · December 7, 2014
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  • Casey L.
    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.
    Casey Lau · March 12, 2015
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  • Dens
    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.
    Dens · March 13, 2009
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  • Matthew C.
    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.
    Matthew Cox · March 13, 2013
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  • Tom R.
    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.
    Tom Riecke · October 1, 2014
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  • 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
    The Wall Street Journal · March 1, 2013
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  • Shane A.
    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.
    Shane Antony · July 6, 2014
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  • Gennifer B.
    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.
    Gennifer Borgstedt · August 7, 2013
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  • Ryan
    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.
    Ryan · March 6, 2010
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  • Danyel S.
    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!
    Danyel Smith · March 17, 2014
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  • Shadi
    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.
    Shadi · December 13, 2015
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  • Abner A.
    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.
    Abner Aceves · February 15, 2015
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  • Dustin P.
    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.
    Dustin Polly · November 25, 2014
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  • Jacob C.
    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)
    Jacob Cass · December 28, 2014
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  • Luke H.
    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!
    Luke Hvass · October 14, 2014
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  • Gregory G.
    Great briscuit and everything else for that matter. Sauce is sweet with a little bite. Also, they have a great selection of sodas.
    Gregory Goodin · April 6, 2011
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  • michael h.
    After eating the chili take a a walk around the restaurant as take a look at the deserts, you can crop dust with out anyone being the wiser
    michael hillman · February 17, 2012
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  • Melania S.
    Very authentic BBQ place! The atmosphere is great and very friendly. Try the brisket!
    Melania Spagnoli · March 8, 2015
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  • Shawn M. M.
    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!
    Shawn M. Miller · February 25, 2010
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  • Amanda Rose
    Brisket and sausage were phenomenal! Creamed corn was great, too. Could've skipped the beef ribs, though.
    Amanda Rose · April 3, 2015
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  • JugnooMe
    The @JugnooMe team really enjoyed the beef ribs here. Grab a side of beans and try the brisket - enjoy! Read more
    JugnooMe · March 12, 2012
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  • Denis R.
    The Sampler is a must! Love the place. Got the t-shirt. #sxswqc
    Denis Roy · March 8, 2014
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  • Welcome to College
    In town visiting colleges in Austin, make sure to stop at Iron Works BBQ and get the Sampler. INCREDIBLE!
    Welcome to College · March 28, 2011
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  • Deborah A.
    Get the sampler to get a taste o beef ribs, brisket and smoked sausage. The beef ribs are to die for.
    Deborah Au-Yeung · March 8, 2013
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  • Dean L.
    Oh man small, nice atmosphere. The pork ribs are great. Price is a little high but totally worth it
    Dean Larrinaga · September 25, 2012
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  • Volcom Entertainment
    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.
    Volcom Entertainment · November 19, 2010
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  • Sean C.
    Good "visiting Austin" group dinner place. Plenty of space and not too loud... and really good BBQ.
    Sean Claes · August 16, 2011
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  • Social N.
    Get the beef ribs for sure. They're simply amazing. Also the spicy BBQ sauce is a must.
    Social News Network · August 14, 2013
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  • Rudy P.
    If you're in the mood for bland bbq, help yourself. THis place does NOT represent Austin's BBQ.
    Rudy Peev · December 20, 2013
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  • Jim L.
    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
    Jim Lassiter · April 22, 2012
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  • Rick Perry for President
    Great beef ribs. We hosted our 2010 SXSW gathering here. You'll meet your match if you get a full BBQ plate.
    Rick Perry for President · September 1, 2011
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  • Mark M.
    One of the best BBQ places in Austin. And a perfect low-key, no-frills environment.
    Mark Miller · November 11, 2015
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  • Mike B.
    The sampler platter is an orgy of textures and flavors that dance rhapsodically in your mouth.
    Mike B. · May 2, 2010
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  • Len S.
    Great sauce here. Try the Brisket and the sweet corn. Grab some pecan pie as well, really good.
    Len Schmidt · August 6, 2014
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  • jbrotherlove
    Visiting for SXSW? try off hours (e.g., during panels). Also, Iron Works is closed on Sunday.
    jbrotherlove · March 16, 2010
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  • Claudia M.
    The beef ribs are the best. Also, the sliced beef. Loved the atmosphere.
    Claudia Mayberry · February 12
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  • Holger L.
    Very solid BBQ place. Go for the ribs and brisket with a side of coleslaw!
    Holger Luedorf · March 9, 2012
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  • Terrell K.
    Get the table outside where you can watch Waller Creek.
    Terrell Kinney · May 12, 2014
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  • Michael M.
    Too many good BBQ places in Austin to pick favorites, for some reason this one made me feel most at home. Delicious BBQ sauce.
    Michael Muse · May 16, 2014
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  • Jon K.
    Get a BBQ sandwich here, won't regret it! Throw coleslaw on top!
    Jon Kent · March 15, 2014
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  • Internet E.
    Close to the convention center, but get here early if you plan on making it to your after lunch sessions!
    Internet Explorer · March 7, 2011
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  • Thomas H.
    Incredible brisket plate with delicious potato salad and smokey-flavored beans.
    Thomas Heil · August 19, 2011
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  • Rita B.
    Brisket. You can choose de sampler with brisket, rib, sausage.
    Rita Baltazar · July 25, 2015
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