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Photo credit: Rebecca Darling / Texas TravelingMom

Everyone has their own idea of what the best BBQ in Texas is – now, I’m not talking the type of meat – I’m talking the way it’s smoked, the tanginess of the sauce, and the fall-off-the-bone-tenderness. We all have a favorite. Come with me to one of my favorites – the Original Salt Lick, just a little ways outside of Austin, Texas.

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Photo credit: Rebecca Darling / Texas TravelingMom

The Salt Lick opened in 1967 on a ranch in Driftwood, TX. The ranch earned it’s name by the deer who were attracted to the large rocks found on the ranch. They would gather around and “lick” salt and minerals found in the rocks. Thus the name “Salt Lick.”

Just a half-hour drive outside of Austin into the Texas Hill Country, it is a well-know BBQ joint that is busy for both lunch and dinner. The food and the charming home it sits in are so popular, that most don’t mind the drive. Go on in through the creaky screened front door and find yourself a picnic table to settle in at. But don’t forget to stop and marvel at the array of juicy, sizzling beef, pork, and chicken on the open pit.

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Photo credit: Rebecca Darling / Texas TravelingMom

This BBQ is seared and slow-cooked over coals – a method the family who owns Salt Lick has used for generations. Everything you try is fantastic. The brisket is smoky, juicy, and so very tender. The ribs are flavorful and fall off the bone. And the sausage has just a hint of peppery spice. I love both their homemade potato salad and coleslaw. And you can’t miss their homemade peach cobbler.

Pair a trip out to Salt Lick after you have hiked Enchanted Rock or after spending a few hours exploring the Texas State Capitol in downtown Austin. It is a scenic, peaceful drive and a relaxing, fun meal.

If you can’t make it to the original restaurant, you’re still in luck — they have a small store at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport.  And for those friends who live in the other 49 continental states (and beyond), if you really want to get your taste of good Texas BBQ, the Salt Lick will ship!!