The concept is simple – join me as I take you on a tour of a few of my favorite BBQ joints and their partners within Austin. You will learn a little bit about the history of BBQ and specifically how it got its start in Central Texas, while getting to sample the goods along the way. We will visit a variety of restaurants, from Top 5 in the city to holes-in-the-wall that don’t get as much attention, but still serve great food.
When an unexpected double hip replacement ended my 20 year career as a chef in 2016, I turned to my passion: BBQ. Austin has been my adopted city since 2010, and through the years I’ve made it my mission to try all the BBQ it has to offer.
Now I’m bringing you along to learn everything I’ve experienced in Austin BBQ! From the history, the fantastic proprietors, and the incredibly delicious food. The first thing everyone asks when they come to town is “Where’s the best BBQ?” and now you don’t have to pick just one!
Along our tour, I’ll share all of my secret Austin travel tips and hidden spots. With our BBQ tour, you’ll not only leave with the taste of the most perfect BBQ – you’ll have a new knowledge and perspective of the most unique foodie cities.
While Franklin’s makes excellent BBQ, it’s part of a long tradition of excellent BBQ in Austin. This is an opportunity to explore some other styles and techniques. Also, nobody skips the line at Franklin’s except President Obama and he paid for everyone behind him’s food and we just aren’t that big yet.
The tour starts at 12 noon so that we can skip the lunch rush and get customized service.
We expect each tour to take 3-3.5 hours
We design each tour based on a variety of conditions (weather, what restaurants are open on which days, etc), but we expect to make at least 3-4 stops each tour.
Custom pick-up and drop-off is available for a fee. Please contact us in advance and we can work something out.
We will provide all of the tasting food and bottled water. You can always purchase additional food at the restaurants and also beer or other beverages they may have. If you have a special need in this area, please contact us ahead of time and we will make our best effort to accommodate.
Since our tours are small, they can fill up fast. We also only do one tour per day, whether group or private, so if your window is narrow, book as soon as you can.
Just your appetite and thirst for knowledge.
Our friends in the insurance industry don’t allow us to provide you alcohol or allow an open container in the car. Most of the restaurants we will visit offer at least a beer selection that you can take advantage of separately.
On rainy days (and exceedingly hot days) we will route the tour to only include restaurants that offer indoor seating. Again, if you have a special need in this area, please let us know when you book so we can plan accordingly.
We know from our own travel experience, what to do with luggage can be tricky. Please contact us in advance and we will make every effort to accommodate you, but we also have limited space in the vehicle and we want all of our guests to be as comfortable as possible.
We are a family business and welcome all families aboard.
We do not provide infant car seats, but do have a booster sear for older kids. Please contact us in advance or let us know at booking, though, so we can make sure it meets your standards and that we bring it the day of the tour.
We offer a 100% refund if you cancel at least 7 days in advance or more and a 50% refund for tours that are cancelled between 3 and 6 days of your scheduled tour. All tours cancelled within 48 hours of scheduled departure are non-refundable. We also offer rescheduling options for a future date tour without penalty. Contact us if you have any questions.
If the day and times are available, you can pay directly through our website using a credit card or PayPal. Book here.
Yes, all payments are secure. We use PayPal or a third party processor so we never see your credit card number and they do not store them
Tips are gladly accepted. Suggested gratuity is 15-20%.
No, just your first and last name as it appears on the booking will be enough.