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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
Thursday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PMFriday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PMSaturday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PMSunday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PMMonday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PMTuesday 10:00 AM – 10:00 PMWednesday 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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Mario Peter
2 months ago
A buddy and I went there on a Saturday around noon. We walked in and started ordering - when asked about the mutton we were told that there wasn't any today. So we each got brisket which tasted okay but was mostly fat - I guess that's why you don't need teeth to eat it. The ribs I got were falling off the bone, however the meat was tough and hard to chew. Our order was prepared using bare hands and put on a scale that was wiped clean with a filthy old rag. The side of beans I got tasted like they came from a can of Bush's Beans. Go there for the "atmosphere", but beware of the food. The health department should keep a close eye on this establishment.
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Dustin Barton
3 months ago
When the bible talks about mana it was talking about Sam's BBQ. THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST BBQ I HAVE HAD IN MY ENTIRE LIFE!! It is so good that I have been there twice in the last 12 hours and have cried tears of joy with each trip. My one regret is that I can't live there. Also don't ask for a knife. Trust me you won't need it.
Daniel Merchant
a week ago
I tried to look beyond the bad reviews, but this place was mediocre at best. Just like other reviews said, the brisket and pork ribs were dry and chewy. I also tried the sausage, Mac n cheese as well as the beans. All of these items underwhelmed, I feel that I could have purchased better products at any corner grocery store.
Mandy Bellow
3 months ago
Ribs are to die for! So tender that even the cartridge was falling off the bones.
Arrya Shotgun
3 months ago
So when you first pull up you'll nervously look around in confusion. "Am I in the right place?" You may ask. Yes. Yes you are. You walk in to be greeted by Sam and you tell him what you want, pay then enjoy probably the best BBQ in Texas. Just a heads up, you pay for your drink via vending machine.. so bring cash. In terms of the actual food, the meat falls off the bone. My friend made the mistake of asking for a knife. Sam just looked at him and answered, "No knives here." You don't need one. tl;dr Sam's BBQ wrecks all other BBQ and you should eat here.
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Jesse Ramirez
5 months ago
You don't need no TEETH to eat my MEAT dont hate keep truckn brian mays
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Elise B
a year 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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