The one thing I thought I didn’t want, during my visit to Austin, was barbecue.
I didn’t want to feel pressured to find the trendiest spot, stand in a line a la Franklin Barbecue or get into an argument regarding food preferences with anyone. I’d previously visited Terry Black’s BBQ – but felt that it was one and done.
However – while sitting and enjoying a cocktail at Brazos Bar and Bistro in Waco, I got into a phenomenal conversation with one of the bartenders, Blake. On a whim, I asked him for a suggestion of his favorite barbecue spot in Austin. My only request was that it be off the trendy beaten path. I wanted a journey – not an Uber ride around the city.
He sent a text to a friend of his for the recommendation. A few seconds later, he spoke: “You need to go to Salt Lick.”
So, when I found myself back in Austin at the end of my visit, I checked into the JW Marriott Austin and headed out to Driftwood.
In one word my experience at Salt Lick Barbecue was outstanding.
It was exactly what I desired: a barbecue place about 30 minutes outside of Austin, with personality and a large space to match. Personally, I prefer the location of Salt Lick Barbecue in Driftwood to Terry Black’s Barbecue in Austin. The space was expansive, with a BYOB policy and a winery tap room, Salt Lick Cellars, next door.
It was raining when I pulled in. But, that didn’t deter me one bit. What’s a little rain in comparison to outstanding barbecue?
Settling in, I browsed the menu. But, I already knew what I wanted. I ordered the PULLED PORK & BRISKET (Served with potato salad, cole slaw & beans) with a cup of the SWEET TEA. I also requested the bread, pickles & onions, as they are served, upon request.
When my plate arrived to my table, not only was I surprised with the swiftness of delivery. But, it looked absolutely delicious. And, smelled it – too!
I even asked for and received extra pickles. Which made me extra happy.
True delight is pouring a little bit of the Original Recipe Salt Lick Bar-B-Que Sauce and a little bit of the Lauren’s Spicy Recipe Bar-B-Que Sauce into a plate and swirling smoked meat in it before eating.
It was so delicious and filling, I couldn’t even manage to have a piece of peach cobbler. Which is one of my favorite desserts.
Eating at Salt Lick Barbecue truly reminded me of how much I love Texas. Food is a sign of love, poured into cooking.
Salt Lick Barbecue
18300 FM 1826
Driftwood, Texas 78619