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The Salt Lick

BBQ Joint and Steakhouse
18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619, United States
Hours:
Closed until 11:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon, Wed–Sun
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 11:00 AM–9:00 PM
Price:
$$$$
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Drinks:
Beer, Wine, BYO
Credit Cards:
No
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
9.5/10

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  • What you need to know
    The Wall Street Journal
    "It epitomizes Texas BBQ and you can bring your own beer!"(40 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!"(61 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • brisket
  • ribs
  • BYOB
  • salt lick
  • lively
  • cobbler
  • good for groups
  • family-friendly
  • authentic
  • casual
  • all you can eat
  • wine
  • burnt ends
  • pecan pie
  • cole slaw
  • live music
  • potato salad
  • cozy
  • sandwiches
  • 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
    Russell Hirschorn · February 28
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  • Frances 미라
    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!
    Frances 미라 · October 16, 2014
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  • Lauren M.
    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.
    Lauren Mac · July 14, 2015
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  • John W.
    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.
    John Ware · April 12
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  • Dianey S.
    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...😉
    Dianey Sandoval · January 26, 2015
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  • Francis M.
    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!
    Francis Miranda · January 2, 2013
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  • Men's Health Mag
    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
    Men's Health Mag · August 3, 2014
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  • Chaffro
    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.
    Chaffro · September 12, 2014
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  • Kurt T.
    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.
    Kurt Tholking · March 23, 2013
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  • Yajaira R.
    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.
    Yajaira Rodriguez · April 14, 2015
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  • 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
    Mobile Austin Notary · July 4, 2011
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  • 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.
    Frank Rodriguez · March 27
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  • Cesar P.
    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.
    Cesar P. · May 17, 2013
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  • Zack A.
    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.
    Zack Angelo · May 27, 2013
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  • 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
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  • ThePurplePassport.com
    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
    ThePurplePassport.com · March 10, 2012
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  • Ernie B.
    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.
    Ernie Bello · October 6, 2015
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  • Alyssa P.
    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.
    Alyssa P · March 18, 2014
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  • Social N.
    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.
    Social News Network · June 14, 2012
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  • Abner A.
    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!
    Abner Aceves · February 15, 2015
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  • American Eagle Outfitters
    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.
    American Eagle Outfitters · February 29, 2012
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  • Kat L.
    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.
    Kat L · May 20, 2014
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  • emily c.
    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.
    emily chen · September 2, 2014
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  • 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
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  • Aline S.
    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.
    Aline Sygal · July 12, 2011
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  • Ryan K.
    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
    Ryan Klein · August 30, 2010
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  • Denis S.
    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).
    Denis Sosnovtsev · March 13, 2013
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  • Glen A.
    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.
    Glen Austin · January 23
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  • 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
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  • Chil
    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. :)
    Chil · March 13, 2011
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  • Dave C.
    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.
    Dave Collins · February 11, 2013
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  • Kimberly B.
    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!
    Kimberly Barrero · September 16, 2013
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  • Guillermo A.
    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!
    Guillermo Antonini · September 29, 2014
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  • Ruben S.
    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...!!!
    Ruben Savaglia · November 30, 2015
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  • Mac S.
    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.
    Mac Sedino · August 11, 2011
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Jesse B.
    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)
    Jesse Bagels · March 27
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  • Chris W.
    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
    Chris Wood · April 10, 2013
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  • 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
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  • SEGA
    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.
    SEGA · January 5, 2012
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  • Russell
    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!
    Russell · February 12, 2011
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  • Kay P.
    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!
    Kay Piña · May 18, 2014
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  • 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
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  • Mazanin F.
    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.
    Mazanin F · July 24, 2015
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  • DailyCandy
    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.
    DailyCandy · November 20, 2013
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  • Audrey D.
    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
    Audrey Dai · May 12, 2011
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  • The Dren
    This place is incredible, very unique, and worth the trip for some great Bar-B-Queue. It's also BYOB, so bring a cooler of Shiner to wash it all down.
    The Dren · October 31, 2011
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  • Sara L.
    The baby back ribs and brisket. On Sundays, get the au gratin potatoes and green bean casserole. The blackberry cobbler is also to die for.
    Sara Lovell · October 12, 2014
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  • Eric F.
    Get the pecan pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert. The ice cream is some of the best I have ever had, and goes perfectly with warm pecan pie.
    Eric Friedman · March 9, 2012
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