Six must-try BBQ spots in Round Rock

Nothing says “Texas” like a scratch-made plate of smoked meats and delicious down-home sides like potato salad, green beans and mac and cheese. So what are you waiting for? Round Rock is home to some of the best barbeque in Central Texas – Try some with us today!

Liberty Barbecue
Located in Round Rock’s charming and historic downtown district, Liberty Barbecue is newest player on the Round Rock BBQ field. Guests will discover classics like pork ribs, jalapeno sausage, and of course brisket, but make sure you try their wildly popular flatbreads. Go Round Rock Pro Tip: Try the Buffalo Turkey Flatbread, topped with smoked turkey, mozzarella cheese, buffalo sauce, pickled jalapenos and ranch!

A tray of meats and sides at Liberty Barbecue in Round Rock Texas
Photo courtesy Texas Monthly

Salt Lick
The Salt Lick BBQ is a heavy hitter in the Texas barbeque world, and for good reason – since 1967 they’ve been serving up quality slow-cooked meats that are smoked and finished over an open fire. The Round Rock location is conveniently located next to Dell Diamond, home of the Round Rock Express, the Houston Astros’ AAA affiliate. So stop by before a game (or anytime) and grab a plate for yourself, or dine family-style at this local hot spot.

Photo courtesy The Salt Lick

PoK-e-Jo’s Smokehouse
This classic Texas barbecue joint features an all-star menu of your BBQ favorites, including Spicy Texas Pulled Pork, Chopped Beef, and even Whole Chickens. Make sure to order their savory-sweet Jalapeno Cornbread Casserole, and if you’re dropping in for a quick lunch, give the Super Spud a try – it’s a giant baked potato loaded with a quarter pound of meat plus all the fixins. Round Rock is also home to the PoK-e-Jo’s World Catering Headquarters, so pencil them in on the short list for your next event!

Pok-e-Jo's BBQ in Round Rock Texas
Photo courtesy PoK-e-Jo’s

Smokey Mo’s
A Central Texas favorite, you’ll feel right at home at Smokey Mo’s. They serve up traditional smoked BBQ fare with a few surprises like wraps, hamburgers, and even salads! Smokey Mo’s also features a smoked pork loin, and everything comes at a great price. They’re one of the few BBQ spots where you can also enjoy another Texas mainstay – breakfast tacos!

Photo courtesy Smokey Mo’s

Rudy’s is a BBQ institution born right here in Central Texas, and we’re lucky enough to have a gas station and car wash at Rudy’s in Round Rock! So whether you’re just passing through or here for an extended stay, drop by and hop in line for a truly Texas experience. We recommend trying both the Original and Sissy Bar-B-Q “Sauses” and taking a bottle home to share with family and friends.

Photo courtesy Rudy’s

Southside Market & Barbeque at Dell Diamond
Known best for their sausages and being the “oldest BBQ joint in Texas,” Southside Market & Barbeque has been delighting customers since 1882. During the Round Rock Express baseball season, spectators can treat themselves to the fantastic fare from Southside Market at Dell Diamond. Take yourself out to the ballgame and to flavortown with their famous Sausage Slammers (cheddar cheese and jalapeno encased in sausage and wrapped with bacon) or brisket nachos – an all-time fan favorite!

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