Nice first days effort from Lance Kirkpatrick and crew up at Stiles Switch Barbecue in North Austin.
We see this one taking off and forming a triumverate, along with Franklin Barbecue in East Austin and John Mueller Barbecue in South Austin, of heavy hitters unlike Austin has ever seen. There really are no other meat houses in Austin that are entered into this conversation and they all share a degree of connectivity; Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor Texas.
John Mueller famously trained there for over 20 years before striking out on his own. Lance Kirkpatrick trained there for a decade or so. And Aaron Franklin trained under John Mueller thereby receiving more credibility under the Mueller aegis.
Longform review of Stiles Switch on opening day http://chowpapi.com/wordpress/wordpress-2.8.6/wordpress/?p=1824