The Salt Lick

BBQ Joint and Event Space
18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619, United States
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon, Wed–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
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  • salt lick
  • BYOB
  • brisket
  • ribs
  • barbecue
  • cobbler
  • all you can eat
  • good for groups
  • wine
  • pecan pie
  • lively
  • cole slaw
  • family-friendly
  • authentic
  • live music
  • sandwiches
  • potato salad
  • casual
  • beer
  • sausages
  • Travel Channel

    As seen on Man v Food, this is the original Salt Lick, and the best BBQ around. If you're anywhere in Texas, make the trip to Driftwood for Salt Lick's mouthwatering BBQ.

    Travel Channel · August 4, 2011
  • Mashable

    Get away from the hustle and bustle that is Austin for a few hours and enjoy some BBQ (or super hearty veggie sides). Mapquest organizes a free BBQ bus every year at SXSW. - Erica Swallow

    Mashable · March 8, 2011
  • SPIN

    BEST BBQ this side of the Mississippi! Chow down on some ribs while over looking the beautiful hill country in Driftwood. But it’ll cost you: this little piece of heaven is 20 miles outside Austin.

    SPIN · March 8, 2010
  • Travel Channel

    At Salt Lick, enjoy slow-smoked meat to your hearts content. This restaurant offers a family-style meal with never-ending ribs, brisket, sausages and more. Seen on Food Paradise: Manliest Restaurants. Read more

    Travel Channel · November 30, 2011
  • Garry T.

    Eat a lot of meat. Don't forget the carbs, because meat without carbs is like marriage without the sex.

    Garry Tan · April 14, 2009
  • Mike L.

    Go to the Salt Lick BBQ, the original one in Driftwood. Skip the others (especially the airport one). Make sure to try the spicy barbeque sauce. Go HUNGRY.

    Mike Lewinsky · March 16, 2009
  • Seth B.

    Cash only and BYOB. Make sure to bring lots of beer!

    Seth Blank · March 15, 2009
  • Laughing Squid

    Drive your pickup on down to Driftwood for some seriously good bbq. BYOB. Sit outside. Enjoy the sweet downhome feel of the Texas Hill Country.

    Laughing Squid · February 21, 2012
  • yimay y.

    get the spicy sauce

    yimay yang · July 16, 2009
  • Foodspotting

    Try the Beef Ribs

    Foodspotting · November 14, 2010
  • Luciana M.

    Go to the Salt Lick and try the all you can eat plate - brisket, sausage and ribs. It doesn't get more authentic than this.

    Luciana Misura · March 16, 2010
  • Lacy M.

    Unless you're going to eat $7.00 extra in food, you'll be fine ordering the regular 3-meat plate. It's not all you can eat, but it is plenty of food.

    Lacy McKay · March 22, 2010
  • Village Voice

    SXSW Recommendation from Sietsema-sauce is mustardy, and it's smeared on while the meat-a typical Texas selection-is in the open pits, which is another difference between it and, say, Kreuz Market.

    Village Voice · March 3, 2011
  • Michael O.

    Cash only! But, they have an ATM!

    Michael O'Neal · March 10, 2010
  • Rachel E.

    Best BBQ EVER. Instead of all-you-can-eat, I recommend ordering everything to share family style. And save room for dessert!

    Rachel Eichenbaum · January 3, 2011
  • DrHilda C.

    Originally since 1964 people come from miles away. Everyone who visits Austin comes here. This is only 7 miles from my house. Best BBQ in TX! Read more

    DrHilda Carpenter · May 15, 2010
  • Marcus V.

    Awesome BBQ, but save room for that delicious blackberry cobbler. They can go half & half with the peach, but you'll like the blackberry better anyway, so might as well go full berry!

    Marcus Vowell · April 23, 2010
  • The Wall Street Journal

    Reader tip: About 30 mins south of Austin is The Salt Lick. It epitomizes Texas BBQ and you can bring your own beer! Read more

    The Wall Street Journal · March 1, 2013
  • erika p.

    Pack up leftovers just before the point of 'totally full' so you can have a piece of the most heavenly pecan pie...

    erika propst · February 12, 2010
  • Venu

    Best BBQ in Austin area (including Sam's BBQ). Order family style here.

    Venu · December 25, 2009
  • Eric F.

    Get the family style unlimited plate with everything you see here. It's an endless BBQ pit of deliciousness. Totally worth it - c'mon you drove all the way out here!

    Eric Friedman · March 9, 2012
  • Jason K.

    You made it to the salt lick! Yay! You're either an out of town visitor or need a place to go with a long drive to put the kids to sleep. Make sure to order the family style & cobbler. So money!

    Jason Kapler · March 9, 2011
  • Khoa L.

    The BEST BBQ in Austin. Its a dry-county and theres a long wait so pack a cooler of Shiner and bring some friends. Theres only one way to order and thats FAMILY STYLE baby. Cash only.

    Khoa Le · December 21, 2009
  • Erin Y.

    try the lean brisket!

    Erin Young · December 12, 2009
  • Curt Simon H.

    Try the fresh squeezed lemonade

    Curt Simon Harlinghausen · March 14, 2013
  • Brett H.

    Why do they even sell dessert? Get the endless plate of meat and dig in, you'll go home fat and happy.

    Brett Huston · July 23, 2011
  • Tarah F.

    Sooo good. Do not leave without trying the ribs and the cobbler.

    Tarah Feinberg · March 20, 2011
  • Peter K.

    Cash only & BYOB. There's a dining room with A/C too...

    Peter Kim · August 21, 2010
  • Octavio M.

    One of the best BBQ places in Texas. Definitely try the brisket, beef ribs, the sausage, and turkey. The sauce is sweet but good. The drive to Driftwood is worth it, I promise you.

    Octavio Mendoza · August 6, 2010
  • Dominic P.

    Definitely go and try the moist brisket and pecan pie

    Dominic Preuss · March 14, 2009
  • Humara K.

    The best bbq I have ever had! Right beside beautiful vineyards and rolling hills. Who would've thought in Austin Texas.

    Humara Kausar · September 7, 2013
  • Sher

    Get the pickles, sausage and the pork ribs. Hands down. Brisket was a good second option. For dessert: blueberry cobbler

    Sher · February 18, 2013
  • Paul D.

    No wifi but who cares.

    Paul D ♨ · January 3, 2013
  • Nathaly

    Don't bring your vegetarian /vegan friends.. Although ...potato salad is delicious.. they can have that.

    Nathaly · October 22, 2012
  • Danny N.

    Get the meat!

    Danny Nguyen · September 18, 2011
  • Jordan L.

    Get the moist brisket -- the extra calories are worth it. Their Blackberry Cobbler crust is sweeter than most, and it's awesome. Potato salad and coleslaw are almost as delicious as the meats.

    Jordan Langdon · September 8, 2011
  • travel42

    The best BBQ in (or near) Austin. Go for the ribs!!

    travel42 · June 22, 2011
  • Zinio

    Frommer's says do the brisket and the beer. Read more

    Zinio · March 13, 2011
  • Mark W.

    Wow. The ribs and brisket are ridiculously good.

    Mark Wallace · March 12, 2011
  • indiana a.

    If you get the brisket, ask for a burnt end specifically. So smokey and good!

    indiana adams · August 8, 2010
  • David S.

    Instead of waiting an hour and a half. Order it to go and pick it up in 10 mins and eat outside.

    David Scalera · March 15, 2010
  • Austin Chronicle

    This barbecue destination spot continues to serve up some of the best vittles around these parts in a beautiful woodland setting. Still BYOB.

    Austin Chronicle · October 29, 2013
  • Benjy W.

    Warning: no matter how much tolerance you think you have for hot peppers, don't eat the jalapeños. They are volcanic.

    Benjy Weinberger · March 10, 2013
  • SoundCloud

    This place is a bit out of the way but if you came to Texas for the BBQ this is a place you must try. Great stuff!!

    SoundCloud · March 4, 2012
  • Sean C.

    Ask for the spicy BBQ sauce.

    Sean Claes · August 16, 2011
  • Jonathan S.

    The cash only thing will bite you big time. Nearest cash is 6 miles away.

    Jonathan Smith · June 14, 2011
  • Grace S.

    All about the sausage and ribs!!

    Grace S. · March 15, 2011
  • Sam W.

    Get some great BBQ.

    Sam White · January 9, 2010
  • Bob P.

    Best place to bring an out of town guest for a taste of real Texas barbecue Read more

    Bob Pearson · November 22, 2009
  • Carla T.

    Eat here. Frequently.

    Carla Thompson · November 4, 2009

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