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Sponsored by: Kerlin BBQ

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

"A local took me to Kerlin BBQ ..My mind was blown. "
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2. Consistently Fantastic.
2. Consistently Fantastic.
"The brisket is phenomenal, juicy, tender and delicious."
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3. Best BBQ in Austin!
3. Best BBQ in Austin!
"Kerlin is the best Austin has to offer."
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Reviewed March 14, 2021 via mobile

This is the best BBQ I’ve ever eaten. I have lived in plenty of states across the country. I visited Austin to try the local food. Kerlin’s was by far the best place I have eaten. I can’t say enough about how good it was....Not to say the other places to eat in Austin weren’t good but Kerlin’s was by far the best.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed October 26, 2020

In his book The 100 Best Barbecue Restaurants in America, Johnny Fugitt ranks Kerlin #1. By any definition it is certainly in the top ten. One of the remarkable things about this little food truck is that there are no weaknesses on the menu-- or...as Bill Kerlin put it to me, no "afterthoughts." From top to bottom, you are going to find high quality here. Plan to come on Sunday to order the brisket kolaches, but come early because they are phenomenally (and deservedly popular). Sides: we would rank the sour cream cole slaw a top four item nationwide, and the jalapeno dill potato salad a top three. The pork belly burnt ends are the best in the country, and the pork ribs one of the top three in Texas. The fatty end of the brisket is superb-- moist, tender, with perfectly rendered fat and great smoky flavor underlying the traditional Texas salt-pepper rub. We would not rank it the best in the country, but it is certainly in the top five. Dollar for dollar, it is hard to conceive of getting a better return for your money than you will receive here.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed February 22, 2020 via mobile

We stopped here on our food tour, and this place is bar none the best. I'm from Texas and have been to Austin lots of times and just found this gem. We tried the chopped brisket kolache and it is heaven! I had never heard...of such a thing, but it is GENIUS!! I dream about these kolaches and am already planning when I can drive down for more!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 20, 2020 via mobile

Born and raised in Austin. Best brisket in town - better than the the one with the crazy long line. Also something no one ever talks about are the sides. They are doing it right at Kerlin - the sides, like everything else, are on...point 👌💯More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed November 22, 2019

Was visiting Austin for the first time and wanted some good local BBQ but didn't want to wait for hours in line for some of the more well known places. Kerlin's was recommended to me and I'm glad I went. I had the pork ribs...and moist brisket along with the blue cheese cole slaw and everything was great. Location is just a no frills food truck with picnic tables and that worked out great on the beautiful mid 60's day I went. Will definitely go back when back in townMore

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed September 20, 2019 via mobile

No lines, no attitude, no hype Awesome BBQ and don't forget a kolache! Nothing but smiles here, they even specially wrapped up my brisket for the flight home. A must-stop in Austin!

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 17, 2019 via mobile

While exploring East Austin I wanted to find and try Kerlin BBQ where it was highlighted as one of the top BBQ places in the city. Located off of East Cesar Chavez St I pulled into the gravel parking lot to find it tiny with...huge potholes feeling like I was driving on the moon. There were no spots and noticed a sign saying no parking in front of the piñata store next to it. Kerlin also shares the same spot with Veracruz Tacos food truck making this location a very popular destination. I ended up parking on an adjacent street and walked to Kerlin. I ignored the few homeless people but felt fine leaving my vehicle. I made my way to the Kerlin BBQ food truck passing a run down gas station and piñata store. The setup was nice where you order/pickup food at the truck and find a place to sit at under a cover awning. I ordered beef brisket, pork ribs, macaroni & cheese, and jalapeño potato salad. The order was ready pretty quickly and one plate had two big slices of brisket and the other pork ribs. Both meats were very soft and juicy where no knife was needed. It was unbelievably delicious where I see why listed among the best. Both meats had a nice smoky flavor and the sides were good too especially the jalapeño potato salad. It’s a no thrills place in the outdoor Austin culinary culture where it is all about the meat and cleanup after yourself when you are done.More

Date of visit: June 2019
Reviewed July 13, 2019 via mobile

I'm working in Austin this weekend. But I'm going to enjoy some "Damn Good BBQ" too. Texas makes you salivate for good smoked meats. In my search and asking locals a couple recommendations keep repeating. "You got to try Kerlin BBQ". You won't wait an...hour and a half and you get some of the best damn BBQ in Austin. Tucked behind the Shell Gas station on E Cesar Chavez St (East of the 35), is a trailer, picnic tables and the smell of BBQ smoke. Kerlin quickly established itself as a serious player 6 yrs ago and have the accolades to prove it. Arizona transplants, Bill and Amelis Kerlin, started as backyard enthusiasts before hitting the competition scene and taking home a grand prize on there first outing. They embrace Central TX tradition with a standard post-oak wood smoke and then amp it up with quality Prime Angus beef. They also have some great Pork Belly Burnt Ends with really great flavor. I decided to build myself my own platter to sample some of the tasty things on the menu. One of those is a kolache, typically a Czech / Hungarian pastry. In Texas this is a staple in some barbecue joints. I've never had it before, but being part Czech I wasn't about to skip the opportunity. Basically a bread pocket filled with meat and plenty of flavor. I chose the sausage, cheddar cheese and jalapenos. All I can say is I can't wait to try the other meats. I hear the brisket kolache is the bomb! My platter; Smoked Prime Angus Brisket Pork Belly Burnt Ends Beef Hot Link Smoked Mexican corn on the cob Sausage, Pickled jalapeños and cheese kolache Pickles and onionsMore

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed June 16, 2019

This place was on point every step of the way! 20-30 minutes wait on a Sunday at lunch. Got there kind of late by Austin standards about noon or a bit later and we were eating with in 30 minutes. This place works like most...of the trucks: stand in line, order & pay, wait til your name is called, grab your grub and sit or carry-out. We had Fatty Brisket, Pork Spareribs, Sausage, Jalapeño Dill Potato Salad, Blue-cheese Coleslaw, Banana Custard Everything across the board was 4.5 to 5 Star!!!!!! My top-three experiences with Texas Style Brisket are inseparable and this was one of them!!! Louie Mueller in Taylor TX J Leonardi on Airport in Austin And now Kerlin's are my top three for Brisket (have not made it to Aaron's place yet) And Kerlin's has the best Pork Ribs I have ever had anywhere- no added sauce or anything else 5-Stars just as they are presented on a paper plate! DON'T MISS THIS ONE!! Recap: short line, nice people, Awesome BBQ, get there early! I got the last order of Spareribs and I ordered before 12:30!!More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed May 27, 2019 via mobile

Wow! This little food truck puts out a fabulous spread. Best brisket ever, moist and tender with a lovely crust. The sauce is vinegary, perfect to cut the richness of the meat. Ribs, excellent. Pulled pork was perfect, tender and moist. Jalapeño potato salad was...good. I would have liked more heat, but it wasn’t gloppy. Delish!More

Date of visit: May 2019
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    • Food: 5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5