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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."(40 Tips)
    Deborah A.
    "The beef ribs are to die for."(15 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
    @nathantwrightSeptember 26, 2015
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • michael h.
    michael hillmanFebruary 17, 2012
    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
  • 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!
  • Melania S.
    Melania SpagnoliMarch 8, 2015
    Very authentic BBQ place! The atmosphere is great and very friendly. Try the brisket!
  • Amanda Rose
    Amanda RoseApril 3, 2015
    Brisket and sausage were phenomenal! Creamed corn was great, too. Could've skipped the beef ribs, though.
  • Denis R.
    Denis RoyMarch 8, 2014
    The Sampler is a must! Love the place. Got the t-shirt. #sxswqc
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MillerNovember 11, 2015
    One of the best BBQ places in Austin. And a perfect low-key, no-frills environment.
  • 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.
  • Sean C.
    Sean ClaesAugust 16, 2011
    Good "visiting Austin" group dinner place. Plenty of space and not too loud... and really good BBQ.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Mike B.
    Mike B.May 2, 2010
    The sampler platter is an orgy of textures and flavors that dance rhapsodically in your mouth.
  • Len S.
    Len SchmidtAugust 6, 2014
    Great sauce here. Try the Brisket and the sweet corn. Grab some pecan pie as well, really good.
  • jbrotherlove
    jbrotherloveMarch 16, 2010
    Visiting for SXSW? try off hours (e.g., during panels). Also, Iron Works is closed on Sunday.
  • 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!
  • Claudia M.
    Claudia MayberryFebruary 12
    The beef ribs are the best. Also, the sliced beef. Loved the atmosphere.
  • Holger L.
    Holger LuedorfMarch 9, 2012
    Very solid BBQ place. Go for the ribs and brisket with a side of coleslaw!
  • Terrell K.
    Terrell KinneyMay 12, 2014
    Get the table outside where you can watch Waller Creek.
  • Jon K.
    Jon KentMarch 15, 2014
    Get a BBQ sandwich here, won't regret it! Throw coleslaw on top!
  • 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.
  • Thomas H.
    Thomas HeilAugust 19, 2011
    Incredible brisket plate with delicious potato salad and smokey-flavored beans.
  • Rita B.
    Rita BaltazarJuly 25, 2015
    Brisket. You can choose de sampler with brisket, rib, sausage.
  • Chet M.
    Chet ManciniMarch 8, 2014
    Awesome meats! Can't go wrong there. Sides not that great though.
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