An Austin treasure, Ruby’s Barbecue has been quietly putting out some of the best smoked meat in town since the 1980s.

Take a look at all the framed, autographed photos the next time you visit. The kings of blues have broken bread in this old rib joint.

Unlike most barbecue houses, Ruby’s pays careful attention to their side dishes. The salad dressings {!} are all made from scratch, the beans have genuine fire in them and even a vegetarian can get well fed in this venerable meat house. The first tale of Texas barbecue ever related to us in person came in a breathless rush from a buddy who’d came out to Austin and discovered Ruby’s. He went on and on about this classic Texas smokehouse til we were determined to come visit.

Glad we did. Ruby’s is still one of our favorite old-timey, Texas meat rooms.

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