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The Salt Lick

BBQ Joint and Steakhouse$$$$
  • The barbecue at The Salt Lick is a can't miss
  • The folks at Men's Health Mag and The Wall Street Journal like this place. Would you agree?
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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."(10 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!"(75 Tips)
385 Tips and reviews
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  • brisket
  • ribs
  • BYOB
  • salt lick
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  • Victoria U.
    Victoria U.June 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
    Been here 5+ times
    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...😉
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Brian S.
    Brian StraussAugust 10
    Sublime. I know it's Texas and its beef country, and the brisket was amazing, but it's the pork ribs, maybe the best I've ever had, that sent me clamoring for seconds.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Damian B.
    Damian BayonaSeptember 8
    A little out there but worth the drive. Don't be scared by the line as it moves very quickly. BYOB and music on the patio. Brisket and sausage are 👌🏻
  • 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!
  • Kourosh Y.
    Originality, the quality and freshness of meat, special taste of bbq sauce and good service! Highly recommended.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...!!!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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).
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Diandra K.
    If you are visiting Austin and have a car, go to Salt Lick! Get the barbecue to go, very effortless, no frills, sit on the benches, listen to some live music, bring your own booze.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
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