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Where are the best baby back ribs (pork) in Austin?

dcx1287 May 17, 2007 09:57 PM

I've tried pork baby back ribs at the following places so far: Houston's, Dan McClusky's, Rudy's, Iron Works, Chili's

I thought Chili's babyback ribs were just horrendous. Rudy's were alright. Iron Works' were slightly better. And Houston's/Dan McClusky's come in on top for me as far as baby back pork ribs go.

Where else should I try (preferably places with ribs similar in style to Houston's or Dan McClusky's)?

Thanks in advance.

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    Rene May 17, 2007 10:27 PM

    The best Baby Backs are at my house... however, I am very pleasantly surprised with the Baby Backs at County Line on 2222 and 360. Really tender and not sweet at all. I have always forund the BBQ there to be acceptalbe but not great. The Baby Backs hit great...

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      judiftx1 May 18, 2007 04:22 AM

      This is a second-hand recommendation, but 2 guys I work with who claim to be baby back rib afficianados came back from Jaspers just raving about how good they were ... they say they were better then Houston's.

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        mopunk May 18, 2007 09:31 AM

        Artz Rib House. Hands down. They're so good I recommend you try 'em with out the sauce... they don't need it.
        The laid-back atmosphere and live music takes it over the edge.

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          dcx1287 May 18, 2007 12:30 PM

          thanks for the replies. I wanted to check out the Domain tonight anyways, and there appears to be a Jasper's close by, so I'll check out Jasper's tonight.

          I'll try Artz rib house and county line on saturday/sunday. Thanks again for the recommendations.

          1. re: dcx1287
            Honey Bee May 18, 2007 01:01 PM

            If you go to Jasper's, try some of the gouda mac&cz and order the cherry limeade pie for dessert.

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          renz May 18, 2007 09:56 PM

          Question for everyone: do any of these places come anywhere near the ribs at the Tap Room (San Marcos)? I can't think of anything I love to eat more than those.

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            highendhats May 19, 2007 07:44 PM

            Rudy's has the best babyback ribs, hands down. In fact, best all-around bbq in town. And you gotta love the butcher paper they wrap it in.

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              dcx1287 May 19, 2007 09:24 PM

              well, i checked out jasper's ribs today. they were just phenomenal. I do wish that they had french fries available as a side. I prefer fries with ribs, and the Jasper's here in Austin didn't offer fries. Oh well. Jasper now takes the lead ahead of Houston's and dan mcklusky's for me as far as baby back ribs go.

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              jwynne2000 May 20, 2007 01:28 PM

              I've got to believe there are better baby backs in town than the places mentioned in this thread. No?

              That aside, we finally tried Jaspers for lunch, and per the recommendation I got the half-rack of their baby backs. They were surprisingly good. The sauce was charred on there just right, and the prep of it allowed the tender meat to fall right off the bone. Beware though... if you are a "dry rub" fan, these are not it. Much more emphasis on the sauce.

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                sbhlaw May 20, 2007 03:30 PM

                artz has the best baby backs in austin, hands down

                dont bother with any sides -- just ribs and a beer, and some sauce if you like it

                rudy's puts too much rub on their ribs and well, is really fast food/a chain

              2. porkmuffin May 23, 2007 11:35 AM

                Ditto to Artz. They also make an awesome grilled veggie plate. I like to order a large order of the baby backs and the veggie plate and split the whole thing with a friend. They used to have a fun bluegrass pickin' party on the back porch on Sunday at lunch time. They also make a kick ass burger.

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                  chris c May 23, 2007 02:21 PM

                  Bone Daddy's Ribs are amazing! I heard Houstons are pretty good, but also pretty $$$.

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