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Mar 25, 2010 12:39 PM

Salt Lick BBQ ?

Will be in Austin next week and The SaltLick has been highly recommended,
especially the "Family Style" dinners.
Any ChowHounds familiar with this place? family style dinners?
Any info greatly appreciated.

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  1. Really great ambiance, really horrible bbq. It is byob and the drive there should be amazing with all the wildflowers coming in bloom.

    Another excellent drive for wildflowers and much better bbq is Coopers in Llano.

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    1. re: amysuehere

      Yeah, the bbq ain't great, but it's not terrible either. I wouldn't put it next to the truly great stuff from Lockhart or Snow's, but the meat is perfectly acceptable and I do like the sides. The surroundings are very lovely and for people who aren't familiar with the real deal, it's a great experience. I believe they'd still walk away thinking the world of Central TX BBQ. Just my two cents.

      1. re: amysuehere

        I mostly agree. "really horrible" may be a bit much, but it ain't great. Much better BBQ is easily found. Drive to Lockhart and try a couple of the best.

      2. Central Texans are pretty fussy about their barbecue joints, but this place really isn't as bad as detractors say it is. The worst thing I would say is that the brisket is pretty dry. Other than that, it's still pretty good. Add to that the fun of driving out with a cooler of beer, then having an all-you-can-eat barbecue feast with friends, and I think you still end up with one of the more entertaining experiences we have to offer here.

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          1. re: gilintx

            This is a fun place to go with kids, or if you have a huge group, because it is family style, and it's in a cool location with a nice setting. But what people say is true, it's not where you want to go if you want to experience great BBQ.

          2. I'm in the minority on this one. I really like salt lick. I love their pork ribs and their coleslaw is the best. The coleslaw doesn't have a teaspoon of mayo. It's vinegar based with lots of sesame seeds. Love that stuff.

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              1. re: grangie angie

                I have tried all the BBQ places from Luling, Lockhart all the way down to South Texas - Robstown and I found the Salt Lick BBQ very good. It much be a matter of individual taste.

            1. There's 2 Salt Licks in the area; Driftwood and Round Rock. Depending where you are staying, the Round Rock location may be closer. I was very disappointed by the brisket and pork ribs I had there. The brisket was tough (under cooked) and the ribs had no flavor. For an establishment that prides itself as being one of the premier Q joints in Central Texas, they did a very poor job. Brisket is not hard to cook, especially if you're doing it day in and day out. There are many Q joints in Austin that server better food than Salt Lick and at a fraction of the price. I won't be going back to the Salt Lick.