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Oldest barbecue joint in Texas reveals opening date for first Austin location

Oldest barbecue joint in Texas reveals open date for Austin location

Southside Market & BBQ
The Austin Southside Market & BBQ will open by the end of 2019. Photo courtesy of Southside Market & BBQ

In late July, an application for a wine and beer retailers permit revealed Elgin’s Southside Market & BBQ, the oldest barbecue restaurant in Texas, is expanding to Austin. On August 30, the restaurant released more details, including the estimated opening date.

According to a release, the new outpost will arrive in the Shops at Arbor Walk at 10515 N. Mopac Expy., Ste. B-225 in the fourth quarter of 2019. The eatery will have the same menu as the locations in Elgin and Bastrop.

Guests can expect a variety of meats by the half-pound, including classics like jalapeño cheddar sausage; USDA-prime brisket, turkey, and baby back ribs; and less common cuts like lamb ribs and pork steaks. Sides will include coleslaw, corn on the cob, potato salad, and mac ’n’ cheese.

The restaurant will also offer a small market selling both fresh and fully smoked meats. We’re crossing our fingers it will debut in time for holiday entertaining.

Opened in 1882, Southside is Texas’ oldest barbecue joint and its signature original beef sausage is one of the reasons Elgin is considered the Sausage Capital of Texas. Today, third-generation owners Bryan and Rachel Bracewell continue the tradition of smoking meats slow and low over post oak wood.

Austin isn’t the only area city to receive happy barbecue news. Southside is also firing up a location in Hutto’s ambitious mixed-use development The Co-Op District. That outpost is expected to open in the second quarter of 2020.