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Sam's BBQ
Barbecue Restaurant$$
Today 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
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2000 E 12th St Austin, TX 78702
2000 East 12th StreetUSTexasAustin78702
(512) 478-0378
$$Barbecue RestaurantToday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 10:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 10:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 10:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 10:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 10:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 10:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
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No-frills landmark covered in memorabilia serving brisket, ribs & mutton in a straight-up manner.- Google
"Fall off the bone ribs, good fatty brisket, and ttender mutton."
"The sausage was a commercial type made for them down the street."
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Jesse Ramirez
a week ago
You don't need no TEETH to eat my MEAT dont hate keep truckn brian mays
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Anthony Marte
6 months ago
Great bbq and great service ! Just need to clean the place a little bit better
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mike howatson
a month ago
Best BBQ ever, great people... The real deal.
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Joe lachacz
4 months ago
best bbq and service in town....
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Elise B
9 months ago
When you visit Sam's you don't just get BBQ... you get a warm welcome Sam himself. We've been in a few times and it always feels like we are being welcomed like family. Sam sat down and actually had dinner with us on our first visit. The food is good and the welcoming atmosphere and Sam's funny stories will keep us coming back. The sausage is moist and the bbq sauce has great flavor.
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Jimmy Ho
a year ago
I have been to Sam's BBQ a few years ago when I first started to work for Progressive Insurance. I remembered that was everything I got was just okay. This was before the barbecue scene exploded in Austin. A couple of summers ago, Sam's was involved in a scandal where they were caught buying stolen meat. They were shut down for a little bit of time because of the scandal. If they are trying cut corners with their main products, where else could they be cutting corners from? Sharing barbecue is the best way to try more items on the menu. Duh. We each ordered two meat plates and a half of a chicken. We got moist brisket, sausage, pork ribs, and mutton with sides of potato salad and beans. The brisket was mushy and bland. It was obviously cooked high and fast for a little too long. The ribs were falling off the bone and dry. They were boring with no flavor. The sausage was a commercial type made for them down the street. It was tasty but really fatty. What is mutton? I had to look it up before our visit. Mutton is sheep. The cut we got looked like a pork rib. It tasted very gamey. It was dry and just not good. Good thing we got the chicken based on a recommendation because it was the winner. It was tender and juicy actually had some flavor. Apparently the chicken is cooked differently every time. Strange huh? We did not eat all of the meat and had a lot of leftovers. I ate all of the beans and potato salad if it means anything. The sides were just okay. I did not have a whole lot of expectations in this visit to Sam's BBQ. Good thing I did not. I really wanted to get some good barbecue, but after leaving Sam's, my hankering was even stronger. There are better choices on the eastside. It seems like Sam's does not put any effort into their barbecue. If they do not care, why should I care to visit? They are open late though. Sam's slogan is shared by another BBQ joint in Austin. I am not so sure that "You don't need no teeth to eat my beef!" is a good thing.
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Emily Brand
9 months ago
Best brisket and chicken in the city! (yes, the best.) I couldn't understand a word they were saying their accents were so thick. Order the special with Brisket and Chicken. You'll get like a pound of each for $10 or something.
Jack McCord
2 years ago
Onlyy go between 11:00 and 4:00 for fresh serving. Smaill parking lot. street parking scarce. If presence of 5 to 10 black men 6 foot ,250 lbs bothers you you will want to avoid. As a 5'7" white guy, I'm from texas and it doesn't bother me., biu I get my BBQ to go . Great mutton and meaty ribs. Mutton is sheep meat not lamb. As difference between beef and veal. Anyway I suggest you stay with the pork ribs or mutton. My wife is from gonzales County texas and bbq mutton is a staple there. Main entree for family reunions. Salt Lick in Bud/Driftwood still has the best brisket in Texas. Salt Lick has good pork ribs but Sam's are much meatier. Best beef ribs in Texas is County Line off 360..
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