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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!"(44 Tips)
    Noah P.
    "Salt lick is awesome."(8 Tips)
    Mazanin F.
    "The best BBQ in Texas and while waiting you can listen to live music"(6 Tips)
    Chris D.
    "Very delicious, turkey, brisket, ribs, & sausage!"(70 Tips)
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  • Victoria U.
    Victoria UgarteJune 25, 2016
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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...😉
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelAugust 4, 2011
    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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • John W.
    John WareApril 12, 2016
    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.
  • Russell H.
    Russell HirschornFebruary 28, 2016
    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
  • Frank R.
    Frank RodriguezMarch 27, 2016
    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.
  • Alyssa P.
    Alyssa PMarch 18, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Barry H.
    Barry HottJune 22, 2016
    Don't want to wait for a table? The take out line is quick and easy, and there are plenty of picnic tables.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Kourosh Y.
    Originality, the quality and freshness of meat, special taste of bbq sauce and good service! Highly recommended.
    Upvoted Feb 20
  • 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.
  • Seth D.
    Ambiance, food, people, and live music is def. worth the drive. If you don't like TX BBQ, then there's 49 other states you're more than welcome to relocate to.
  • James D.
    James DiotteJune 25, 2016
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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...!!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Oz L.
    Oz LublingFebruary 9
    A meat party! A great place to go with a large group of people. Make sure you check out the BBQ pit. They'll even let you go up close and personal and take pictures.
  • Mashable
    MashableMarch 8, 2011
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Jesse B.
    Jesse BagelsMarch 27, 2016
    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)
  • Cameron G.
    Cameron GidariJune 26, 2016
    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.
  • 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
  • Jordan L.
    Jordan LangdonSeptember 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Annie H.
    Annie HungAugust 26, 2016
    Rancher's Plate delivers it all! Hold on the all you can eat -- server'll let you upgrade if you're somehow still hungry after one plate. Pecan pie is amazing too
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Humara K.
    Humara KausarSeptember 7, 2013
    The best bbq I have ever had! Right beside beautiful vineyards and rolling hills. Who would've thought in Austin Texas.
  • Karla A.
    We absolutely loved it! Great place to not only eat but to spend the day! Food was great, music was on-point, and weather was fabulous to be outside!
  • Mitch L.
    Mitch LewandowskiJanuary 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Moist brisket is great, come on Sunday for the special sides, Au Gratin Potatoes and Green Bean Casserole!
  • Stephanie
    StephanieAugust 15, 2014
    If you want authentic Texas BBQ, come here. The wait can be up to 2 hours but there's a nice picnic waiting area. And don't forget to BYOB!
  • Huiyi C.
    Huiyi ChiaMarch 17
    Can't decide if the turkey, sausage or brisket was my favourite. Skip the ribs though, was a bit too tough for my liking. The jalapeños pack a kick, you have been warned.
  • Eric F.
    Eric FriedmanMarch 9, 2012
    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.
  • Sara L.
    Sara LovellOctober 12, 2014
    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.
  • Ken S.
    Ken SJune 28, 2013
    Be sure to bring your booze. They are BYOB. Also the all you can eat deal is the way to go, even though beefs ribs are not a part of 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.
  • Cameron H.
    Cameron HoganMarch 15, 2016
    Well worth the drive from Austin. Brisket is unreal and smoked based on your preference - dry, moist, burnt ends.
  • Angelo G.
    Angelo GonzalezMarch 12, 2012
    what else is there to say? it's the salt lick...go and enjoy! get a family style for lots of food, and the kids eat free when you buy one!
  • 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.
  • Joel H.
    Joel HolderOctober 28, 2016
    Get there early afternoon before the rush crowd. Take a picture next to the grill inside, they'll let you walk up right next to it. A-mazing!
  • Chris D.
    Chris DarbroMarch 11, 2012
    If you're not looking to stuff yourself, but want to try a great selection, try the 4 meat plate! Very delicious, turkey, brisket, ribs, & sausage! :)
  • Michael T.
    Michael TorisDecember 15, 2012
    OMG. I went here before I deployed a few years ago and it was the best reminder of home and good ol'USA. I can't wait to go back there again one day!
  • Simon F.
    Simon Favreau-LessardDecember 6, 2015
    Order the family style if you want endless plates of meat
  • Gonzalo A.
    Gonzalo ArenasOctober 17, 2016
    I cannot recommend it enough! Delicious. BYOB, or buy some craft 🍻 at their cellar.
  • Austin Chronicle
    Austin ChronicleOctober 29, 2013
    This barbecue destination spot continues to serve up some of the best vittles around these parts in a beautiful woodland setting. Still BYOB.
  • James S.
    James SoriaJanuary 3, 2015
    Excellent food. Very crowded but only about a 20 minute wait. Well worth the trip from Houston for the day.
  • The Dren
    The DrenOctober 31, 2011
    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.
  • Sameer S.
    Sameer SadhuJune 25, 2012
    Salt Lick is the best place to wrap up a day spending floating the river down south. I mean, SPIN, Mashable, Travel Channel do recommend this place to - we can't be all mad, can we?
  • Russell
    RussellFebruary 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • 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. :)
  • 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
  • Amy J.
    Amy Johnson CookFebruary 2, 2016
    This is the BBQ to go to, a must every time we are are in town. BYOB with a great patio area and live music.
  • Jen S.
    Jen ShinFebruary 19, 2015
    the rib meat falls off the bone. absolutely delicious. opt for ordering your meats separately.
  • Nana
    NanaMarch 24, 2016
    Always the best! Best bbq experience from the setting to the quality of meat. Surprisingly the house white wine was really good
  • Javy M.
    Javy MoSeptember 10, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    All the locals know, all you can eat, then when you're full ask for another plate of meat then take it to go! BYOB, cash only and awesome ribs
  • Laughing Squid
    Laughing SquidFebruary 21, 2012
    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.
  • Nathaly
    NathalyOctober 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't bring your vegetarian /vegan friends.. Although ...potato salad is delicious.. they can have that.
  • 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
  • Jim C.
    Jim CarusoMarch 5, 2013
    Friendly about helping you take good pictures of your visit. I was here between lunch and dinner.
  • Sher
    SherFebruary 18, 2013
    Get the pickles, sausage and the pork ribs. Hands down. Brisket was a good second option. For dessert: blueberry cobbler
  • 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.
  • Shion G.
    Shion GuhaOctober 26, 2016
    The trifecta - brisket, ribs, sausages with potatoes, slaw and beans. Washed down with a bottle of lone Star. Do it!
  • Shannon O.
    Shannon O'FlynnMarch 23, 2015
    Hands down the best BBQ spot in Austin. Be prepared to wait! BYO booze too.
  • 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
  • A G.
    A GDecember 22, 2015
    Good ribs brisket better at Krews. They grow wine grapes but can't make wine so cross the street to Fall Creek for wine from their grapes
  • Miriam G.
    Miriam GoldmanJune 9, 2015
    The family style is the way to go. You want to ask for burnt ends. Don't leave without trying the blackberry cobbler!
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurFebruary 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    They have a special menu on Sundays in addition to regular menu, with potato au gratin, prime ribs and habanero chicken.
  • Karin G.
    Karin GattringerOctober 15, 2016
    Come during the week to avoid the crowds. Best bbq sauce!
  • Baochau T.
    Baochau TranDecember 2, 2014
    Sausage is amazing! Ribs and good too. Peach cobbler is amazing too.
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerMarch 22, 2016
    It's everything everyone says it is. Tip: grab a bucket of beer and play bocce on the wine side while you wait.
  • Todd W.
    Todd WhiteAugust 14, 2014
    BYOB but can get at the winery on-site. Best brisket. Awesome outdoor area with great live band
  • Addison W.
    Addison WaltonJuly 2, 2011
    A little expensive, but still great. Ribs, beans and potato salad are great. Not a fan of the sauce because its Honey Mustard based. People like it
  • Erin G.
    Erin GDecember 5, 2016
    $25 all you can eat family style is the way to go! Some of the best potato salad I've ever had.
  • Steven M.
    Steven MastersApril 2, 2011
    Brisket and ribs are legit. BYOB and cash only give this an old school feeling, and if you dont fall asleep on the way home, you did something wrong.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SneedMarch 28, 2015
    Holy cow, this is maybe my new favorite place on the planet. Brisket is great, ribs & blackberry cobbler are outstanding.
  • Derek W.
    Derek WongJuly 12, 2016
    The plates are big. Recommend sharing and ask for extra bread! Make a brisket and turkey sandwich. Yummy!
  • SoundCloud
    SoundCloudMarch 4, 2012
    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!!
  • Matthew G.
    Matthew GibsteinMarch 10, 2013
    Start with Thurman's Choice instead of the all you can eat. If you're hungry, they'll let you upgrade after the fact.
  • David A.
    David A.January 7, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Huge BBQ Sandwich that taste awesome and the BBQ itself was delicious! Was worth the drive from San Antonio.
  • The Austin Grand Prix
    The Austin Grand PrixDecember 30, 2011
    Escape to Texas Hill Country and enjoy Texas's Best BBQ. It's worth the wait but you will want to bring your own alcoholic beverage and cash for large parties.
  • Jamie L.
    Jamie LocklinOctober 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Simply the best Bar-b-que in Texas. Worth the wait. Worth the price. Sauce is to die for.
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