About Town: Austin
Terry Black's Barbecue

Sometimes you don't want to wait hours for your barbecue. You don't want to fight for a seat at a rickety picnic table under the blistering hot sun. Sometimes you don't want to drive an hour for your barbecue. You want it right THEN. Or at least reasonably close to THEN.

Sometimes you just want to meet your favorite food loving friends for barbecue in a fairly central location, with parking, maybe a patio, a few cold ones-- and you don't want to spend a vacation day or a month's pay to do so.

You're going to like Terry Black's Barbecue for all of those reasons.

I was invited to Terry Black's for an introduction to the newest project, the lineage of which can be traced back to the original, beloved. Black's Barbecue, in Lockhart (find them among the best barbecue we found east of Austin in the 2015 #ATXBestEats: On the Outskirts of Town The Legendary Barbecue Scene East of Austin). "Born and raised in Lockhart, Texas, Terry Black passed down generations of barbecue knowledge learned from his experience in the Lockhart BBQ scene. His twin sons Michael and Mark Black bring their very own style of central Texas BBQ from Lockhart to Terry Black's Barbecue in Austin and now to you and your family to enjoy!" their website proudly boasts, and after my visit, as the affable Mark Black sat and chatted with me about barbecue in general, and my favorites, specifically, I could see that Terry Black's commitment to quality and service is being enthusiastically carried on by his proud and determined sons.

Of and around the building, itself, which has been home to several past Austin restaurants, you might just find a parking spot-- no small detail in this rapidly growing city and in short supply among neighboring businesses. The pit, where the magic happens, is in the rear of the lot. You'll find a welcoming open-air patio from which to watch passing cars and foot traffic along bustling Barton Springs road, directly across from the Palmer Events Center. The dining area is spacious, and heavily accessorized by all of the proper Texas iconography. You'll get a great big welcome from the friendly and efficient hosts and counter staff, ready to share your enthusiasm for Lone Star favorites-- brisket, pork ribs, beef ribs, sausage, turkey, and more. You might even feel comfortable bringing your vegetarian friends along, because they offer an assortment of sides that will keep them eating (while you hide your Tyrannosaurus Rex-sized beef rib from their delicate glance).

I was generously offered one of every side, and Mark Black prepared a sampling of meat including house-made jalapeno cheese sausage, turkey, sliced brisket-- both 'moist', that fattier cut of the brisket that Texans just love, and lean, which while healthier, can often run a little tough on the teeth, and a thickly pepper-crusted pork rib. I'd have loved to sample the beef rib, but these beef ribs are hardly a sampling size, at around a pound a piece. As is standard, you'll find complimentary sliced dill pickles and onions, and sliced white bread just past the cashier, along with iced tea, both sweet and unsweetened, water and soft drink dispenser. You'll have passed a nice selection of iced local and domestic beers as you lined up for your meal. And desserts-- pecan pie, banana pudding, and peach cobbler are offered with the sides, and ice cream, also just past the cashier.

Sides include, from upper left, clockwise, green beans, macaroni and cheese, pickled peppers, creamed corn, peach cobbler, cole slaw, mexican rice, potato salad, and pinto beans, center. Meats, right, include from center, clockwise, turkey, moist brisket, lean brisket, pork rib, and smoked jalapeno cheese sausage. My favorite sides were creamed corn, cole slaw, and potato salad, and my favorite meats were the turkey (I know, right? Turkey? It's fantastic!), and the lean brisket (surprised myself on that one, but the lean brisket is still very tender and not at all dry).
Texas barbecue lovers, a dedicated group of loyal fans of the state's pride and joy to which I claim membership, can be a tough audience. They have fastidious measurements regarding their perfect 'cue, and are typically and fanatically loyal to at least one, but maybe several, local pits. Street 'cue cred is measured by the number of of the moment smoky spots one has visited, and which they call their favorites (and maybe just a little knowledge of the barbecue drama among pitmasters and families over the years). Traditional and long-standing barbecue outposts can be overlooked, in favor of new folks who are making a big splash in the Austin barbecue pool, that splash well-deserved, but there are still some fine, if not flashy, options available to those who prefer their smoky 'cue without the side order of fuss.

Terry Black's Barbecue
1003 Barton Springs Road
Austin, TX 78704
p: 512-394-5899

Hours: Monday through Sunday, 11am–9pm, or until the barbecue runs out.

A note from the website:
We occasionally sell out of some or all meat items. The pits are loaded up each morning with briskets for the next day and smoked 14 to 16 hours, soon after they come off the beef ribs, pork ribs, turkeys, then sausage go on. Then it starts all over.

Disclaimer: I was invited to Terry Black's Barbecue by its marketing team, and I was fed generously, on the house.

1 comment:

  1. Terry Black's Barbecue is one of the best Boston restaurants. I go there very frequently to eat yummy dishes. Their services are awesome. I highly recommend this place!


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