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The Salt Lick

BBQ Joint and Steakhouse$$$$
Driftwood
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  • The Wall Street Journal
    "It epitomizes Texas BBQ and you can bring your own beer!"(42 Tips)
    Mazanin F.
    "The best BBQ in Texas and while waiting you can listen to live music"(6 Tips)
    Travel Channel
    "original Salt Lick"(7 Tips)
    Chris D.
    "Very delicious, turkey, brisket, ribs, & sausage!"(62 Tips)
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  • Russell H.
    Go to check in, get a pager, expect min 2hr wait, go to wine room, buy BBQ white and Hill Country red, drink waiting for pager to page, return pager, order beef ribs and coleslaw, drink more wine
  • Frances 미라
    Frances 미라October 16, 2014
    Byob, or get some from the cellar next door. Try the 3-meat option to get a taste of everything. And, save room for the 1/2 peach, 1/2 blackberry cobbler with ice cream. Cash only!
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacJuly 14, 2015
    A cozy, adorable BBQ restaurant on a farm/winery, complete with wooden benches, stone walls, and twinkling lights in their garden. The wooden oven is a sight, and the pork ribs are perfect.
  • Dianey S.
    Dianey SandovalJanuary 26, 2015
    Hands down one of the best BBQ I have ever had!! Get your brisket moist... And the family platter is totally worth the 21 dollars and change!! TRUST ME!! you can take some to go...😉
  • John W.
    John WareApril 12
    Don't forget that it is 'cash only' and BYOB. Don't fret if you're already en route: there's a ATM on-site, and adult beverages (purchasable by card) next door at the tasting room.
  • Francis M.
    Francis MirandaJanuary 2, 2013
    I flew in thousands of kilometers from the Philippines to try this and yes it was worth the trip! Make sure you order the brisket with the burnt tips and the sausage! Great smokey flavor!
  • Victoria U.
    Victoria Ugarte4 days ago
    Pro tip- don't sleep on the turkey. It's better than expected and incredibly moist. The brisket is amazing, but the beef ribs are where it's at. BYOB but you can buy local wines and beers on grounds.
  • Kurt T.
    Kurt TholkingMarch 23, 2013
    Huge compound with wine tastings, kids play area and beer gardens. Lots of outdoor seating while you wait for a table. BYOB but they sell wine and beers by the six-pack. Cash only but they have ATMs.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    The all-you-can-eat family platter offers an earthly version of gustatory transcendence: dry-rubbed ribs, red-ringed brisket, and sausages, all smoked over live oak. Read more
  • Chaffro
    ChaffroSeptember 12, 2014
    So much beef, you'll grow horns. If there's three or more of you, order the Family Style selection. If you can manage that, it'll get refilled and if you can't manage any more, take it home in a box.
  • Yajaira R.
    Yajaira RodriguezApril 14, 2015
    The brisket is bomb! their potato salad isn't like others, or what we'd normally think but it's good nonetheless. their BBQ sauce is unique & their pickles are so good.
  • Mobile Austin Notary
    Some of the best BBQ in the world literally. Adam on Man vs Food TV show said they had the BEST burnt ends he ever tasted anywhere in the country! Get the handmade lemonade they make in front on you i
  • Frank R.
    Their ribs & sausages are to die for!!! One of the best places to eat BBQ in Austin. Plus, you can chill while you wait for your table at their wine cellar.
  • Cesar P.
    Cesar P.May 17, 2013
    The best BBQ around it is worth the drive to Driftwood, TX. It's always crowded specially weekends. The best tip is to watch out for the line cutters. If you wonder why it's taking so long to get in.
  • Zack A.
    Zack AngeloMay 27, 2013
    I'm going to get castigated for saying this: but the BBQ here is far from the best in Austin. The atmosphere and the cobbler make it worth the trip, but I really didn't see what all the fuss is about.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 30, 2011
    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
  • ThePurplePassport.com
    ThePurplePassport.comMarch 10, 2012
    While the main attraction is the meat, the “fixins” are worthy of mention too. The coleslaw & potato salad come with a mild vinegar dressing, the beans are delicious, and the peach cobbler to die for. Read more
  • Ernie B.
    Ernie BelloOctober 6, 2015
    Get the brisket and pork ribs combo. Their potato salad is to die for. Hands down best BBQ I've ever had. Head next door for beer or wine for your meal.
  • Alyssa P.
    Alyssa PMarch 18, 2014
    Take a cooler of beer/wine to make the wait fun! Go with a big group and order everyone an all-you-can-eat plate: ALWAYS WORTH IT. And a beautiful setting to boot! Best BBQ in Texas.
  • Kat L.
    Kat LMay 20, 2014
    Pork ribs and sausage were the best. Cobbler is overhyped unless you are in the mood - better dessert can be found elsewhere. Combo plate was a great way to taste everything, even turkey was good.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 14, 2012
    Amazing BBQ! They DO charge for bread after your first piece, so keep that in mind. The waitress forgot to tell us this and we kept ordering bread! Also, they only take cash, but they have an ATM.
  • Abner A.
    Abner AcevesFebruary 15, 2015
    BYOB. Cash only at the restaurant side, but the shop next door has beer and wine for sale which you can use credit cards for. Buy a 6 pack of lone star and get the moist brisket!
  • American Eagle Outfitters
    American Eagle OutfittersFebruary 29, 2012
    You won't want to miss out on the best BBQ in Texas. Take a detour from the hustle and bustle of Austin to enjoy this laid back atmosphere. The ribs and finger licking sides ain't half bad either.
  • Cameron G.
    Cameron Gidari3 days ago
    The Salt Lick is a good touristy experience, but the actual food lags behind the top tier of the city. Great sausage, good pork ribs, average brisket. BYOB.
  • emily c.
    emily chenSeptember 2, 2014
    BYOB and cash only!!! Play bocce ball in the back while you wait. Beef ribs are the best here... rancher's plate is enough food to split btwn 2 people and not make you hate yourselves after.
  • Jason K.
    Jason KaplerMarch 9, 2011
    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!
  • James D.
    James Diotte4 days ago
    Everything is excellent here. Huge space means no long wait for your food. Check out the cellar next door for wine made on property and local beer.
  • Aline S.
    Aline SygalJuly 12, 2011
    if debating which salt lick location to visit, this is definitely the one. the atmosphere is beautiful and undeniably texan. visit the wine cellar while you wait, and sample five texas wines for $5.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KleinAugust 30, 2010
    Incredible like everyone says. They recommend getting the "family deal" kind of thing, which is unlimited meat for like 18-19 bucks. But honestly 3 meats and sides is enough. Turkeyporkbriskey yummmm
  • Denis S.
    Denis SosnovtsevMarch 13, 2013
    Turkey is surprisingly good; brisket and ribs are awesome (duh). Platters can be upgraded to the all you can eat at-cost as long as they don't include turkey (which isn't in the AYCE).
  • Glen A.
    Glen AustinJanuary 23
    Not worth the drive IMO. The smoked brisket was good, but the sauce wan't that great and I'm not sure it was worth the 1 hour detour out of Austin. I would rather stay in Austin, for almost as good.
  • Jordan L.
    Jordan LangdonSeptember 8, 2011
    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.
  • Chil
    ChilMarch 13, 2011
    Pork ribs is nice and tender but the briskets and sausage were better at Kruez's. Brisket @SL is too lean leaving the meat with less flavor and rubbery!!! Off to Kruez's now. I saved room. :)
  • Dave C.
    Dave CollinsFebruary 11, 2013
    I do not have a love affair with ribs or barbecue, but this place had such good ribs, I want more ribs. Go! It is also a very interesting environment. Unique, in a very good way.
  • Kimberly B.
    Kimberly BarreroSeptember 16, 2013
    Take the 20 min drive out to the Hill Country. Bring a cooler of beer or wine, and hang outside listening to the band play while you wait to eat. Kid friendly. Awesome experience!
  • Ruben S.
    Ruben SavagliaNovember 30, 2015
    The best BBQ you ever want to try.. Try the all you can eat for $24.95 you can't go wrong worth every Rib,Brisket and Sausage...!!!
  • Guillermo A.
    Guillermo AntoniniSeptember 29, 2014
    Order the family style BBQ. You won't regret it. And come hungry cause it's all you can eat. BYOB at this BBQ gem in Texas. 30 minute drive from Austin, but worth it!
  • Mac S.
    Mac SedinoAugust 11, 2011
    Beef Ribs are the best thing on the menu. Cole slaw and potato salad are refreshingly different than most places. Chicken is a close second. Skip the brisket unless you drench it in sauce.
  • Khoa L.
    Khoa LeDecember 21, 2009
    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.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceMarch 3, 2011
    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.
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BagelsMarch 27
    Wow lives up to the hype for sure, their light rub and sauce covering means you really get to taste this meat (and this meat tastes great)
  • Chris W.
    Chris WoodApril 10, 2013
    First and foremost have The Rancher, trying everything is worth it, don't think twice. Secondly, I'll bet you $100 you still eat the ice cream and bberry cobbler if order it #Unreal
  • Marcus V.
    Marcus VowellApril 23, 2010
    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!
  • Russell
    RussellFebruary 12, 2011
    Just about the best evening you could ever ask for. Bring some beer. Bring a bottle. Kick back and enjoy the best BBQ you'll ever have. And go for the All-U-Can-Eat!
  • SEGA
    SEGAJanuary 5, 2012
    Worth the drive from Austin. YUM. Bring some friends, and get the all-you-can-eat family style dinner. Just bring beer too, as it's BYOB. Kellie - Community Manager.
  • Kay P.
    Kay PiñaMay 18, 2014
    How do you avoid waiting for an hour to get a table. Order your food to go and share a table with your newly made best friends!
  • Eric F.
    Eric FriedmanMarch 9, 2012
    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!
  • Mazanin F.
    Mazanin FJuly 24, 2015
    This is one of the places that you have to visit if you in Texas! The best BBQ in the world, live music. BYOB and cash to enjoy a wonderful meal.
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyNovember 20, 2013
    The drive to Driftwood for all-you-can-eat piles of smoked meat and homemade cobbler is a rite of passage when visiting Central TX. It’s BYO, so be sure to take a full cooler and designated driver.
  • Audrey D.
    Audrey DaiMay 12, 2011
    So so good!! Remember to go hungry! It's a meat lovers heaven. However, even if you are not that into meat (like me), you will still enjoy all the sides. <3
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