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"The Saturday Special" Every Saturday our Pit Boss smokes something unique that's not on the regular menu like Quail Stuffed with Green Chiles & Pancetta, Pork Belly Confit, Tri-Tip, Porchetta, Elk, Beef Ribs, Pork Chops, Prime Rib, Lamb, Duck etc. Join us every Saturday at 2pm!
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Every Saturday Pit Boss Tom smokes something unique that's not on the regular menu like Duck, Cabrito, Lamb, Tri Tip, Elk, Quail, Pork Belly, etc.
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Sat, August 30, 2014, 2:00 PM CDT
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Open Daily 11am - 8pm. Authentic Texas Style BBQ served Market Style. All Locally Sourced Meat.
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2713 E 2nd St Austin, TX 78702
2713 East 2nd StreetUSTexasAustin78702
(512) 524-1930
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Texas market-style barbecue in east Austin. Our Menu consists of Locally Sourced Meats; Brisket, Pork Ribs, Beef Sausage, Chicken, Pork Steak, Chop Pie (our version of Frito Pie) and Beef Short Ribs on the weekends when available. All of our sides are made in house with fresh ingredients; Potato Salad, Cucumber Salad, Vinegar Slaw, Borracho Beans & Collard Greens. Every Saturday our Pit Boss smokes something unique like Lamb, Cabrito, Pork Belly, Quail, Rabbit, Duck or Pork Chops. We announce the specials on our facebook or follow us on twitter @liveoakbbq There is indoor seating as well as two large shaded patios and off street parking. We offer a variety beer and a bottle of Argentinian Red (Pit Boss Tom's pick for pairing with BBQ). Local Beers include South Austin Brewing, Austin Beer Works & Independence Brewing. All of our sodas are made with pure cane sugar. WE DO NOT TAKE EMAIL ORDERS. WE DO NOT CATER. WE DO NOT TAKE RESERVATIONS.
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Snug spot for market-style Texas BBQ made with locally sourced meats, plus sides & banana pudding.- Google
"I had ribs and chicken both were delicious, potato salad was good."
"Amazing sausage and brisket."
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Jay Stone
10 months ago
Great atmosphere, and a cool location. Not awful, but definitely not good barbecue. Brisket was bland and fatty. It's always a bad sign when you order brisket and it comes chopped and not sliced. The sausage was a little better. The sauce was the biggest disappointment. I would have considered this again if the sauce wasn't so watery and strong of spices. Beans and potato salad were not the best either. Wish it was better, because I like the feel and location, but I would say to pick another BBQ joint over Live Oak.
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Joe Pattavina
11 months ago
Live Oak was one of the first bbq places I went to after moving to Austin. I must admit, I had high expectations because I had heard so much about how good the bbq was in Austin. I was pretty disappointed in this place. The food was just ok. When the sausage is better than the brisket, they aren't doing something right in my book. The good thing is that there was absolutely no wait and the food wasn't terrible...it wasn't amazing either. Probably wouldn't go back.
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Jesse Sepeda
a year ago
Excellent quality meat, the fact that they use Texas sausage co. Links(an austin co.) Is awesome. Which I think is better than any in texas including Elgin and Lockhart. Great unknown place(so far)
jor fly
2 years ago
Tried this place the other day my car was in the shop at Youniversal Auto just down the street on their recommendation. It was about noon and it wasn't too crowded as I dined inside because it frankly was too damn hot to be outdoors on their patio. I had ribs and chicken both were delicious, potato salad was good. I like the cozy feel to the restaurant and I will definetly be back
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Jason Cantu
a year ago
Ribs were good. Sausage was alright. They didn't have brisket for me to taste because it was sold out. Sauce was kinda watery and strong. Potato salad had too much pepper. Gives plenty of pickles and onions. Over all it was okay. I would come back if I needed BBQ in a pinch but isn't my go to.
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Rachael Crook
a year ago
Think franklins or john muellers bbq and then a half step down and you've got live oak. Except with a 5 minute line. Hidden gem!
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Jimmy Ho
a year ago
About two years ago, some friends and I wanted some Franklin Barbecue for lunch. It was around 10 am, but the line was pretty long already. The one of the employees said we would probably not get any brisket. It was time for plan B. Another one of our friends had tried a new place called Live Oak Barbecue close by. He thought it was borderline terrible. I remember when I tried it the first time, I thought it was good. It was time for me to jog my memory. I was able to get there from work and back within 45 minutes so it was ideal for me to go there today. The prices were very affordable. I ordered a two meat plate with moist brisket and ribs and potato salad and beans as the sides. I also added a link of sausage. The brisket itself was tender. What ruined it was the bark. It had a bitter terrible taste to it. Possibly due to too much smoke? The pork ribs were good. They were tender and smoky. They had a good flavor to them. The sausage was the highlight of the meal. It had a great casing with snap, and the flavor was great. The fat content and grit was ideal. It was rich and meaty. This place can be good. It is hard for me to come back when I know there are better options within a mile of Live Oak. They have Saturday specials where they smoke other cuts of meat sometimes even exotic.
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Christina Brady
2 years ago
You know how brisket is the go-to at most barbecue places? Well, while it's good here, the chop and the sausage are not to be missed! They're insanely tender, ridiculously fresh, and unequivocally delicious. The smoker is inside the place, and you will leave smelling delicious. Nothing to lose!