True Longhorns don’t mind driving a long way for their barbecue. As Texan as it gets, Salt Lick in Driftwood is just a hop, skip, and a jump down a tar bubbling, hot summer road from Austin, and prevails as the region’s best BBQ. Located in the middle of nowhere and a genuine Texas phenomenon, this down-home place serves brisket oozing with natural juices, fatty pork spare ribs cooked to perfection, and sausages as chubby as a gourmand’s fingers. Operating wood-burning fires you can smell miles away, this family-run establishment dishes up meat dry-rubbed to perfection. Be sure to take home a bottle or two of their secret sauce.

18001 FM 1826