Low and slow, that’s the secret of the finest barbeque. And while every pitmaster has their own special blend of peach wood and hickory, and smoking technique, there’s no denying that juicy and succulent BBQ takes time.
Fortunately for residents of Cedar Park, the city is home to some of the best BBQ in Texas. From baby back ribs and pork shoulders, to brisket, chicken, and beef ribs, BBQ in Cedar Park is serious business. Here’s a look at some great BBQ restaurants in Cedar Park.
With a dozen locations around Texas and two in Cedar Park, Smokey Mo’s BBQ is a local favorite. With a menu of daily specials and private catering services available, Smokey Mo’s serves a wide variety of meat plates. They also sell brisket, ribs, and BBQ turkey by the pound, as well as breakfast tacos. And beyond a traditional selection of smoked meats, Smokey Mo’s is known for their “Chopped Baker,” a huge baked potato loaded with chopped BBQ beef, cheese, onions, butter, and sour cream.
Big Cat BBQ is another Cedar Park staple. Opened by an award-winning barbeque competition team, Big Cat prides itself on its use of pecan wood to infuse sweet and smoky flavors into their ribs and brisket. Weekends are particularly busy at Big Cat, as they offer game-day specials prior to University of Texas Longhorns football games.
Open seven days a week, J&J Barbeque and Burgers is known for more than just their BBQ. It’s actually the fried chicken plate that is among their most popular items. And beyond their meat plates and combos, J&J also offers an all-you-can eat menu, available daily after 5 p.m. Yes, that’s all the sausage, brisket, and a third meat of your choice, you can possibly handle in one sitting.
Away from the dine-in scene, Sibil’s Ribs-N-More solely focuses on catering services. Combining BBQ staples like brisket and pulled pork, with soul food flavors, Sibil’s also offers Mexican, Italian, and Cajun options. And while the variety is nice, it really comes down to the pork ribs.
Beyond the great traditional Texas BBQ restaurants in Cedar Park, there are also some international barbeque flavors available. Gangnam Zip serves Korean-style barbeque meats in Cedar Park. Gone are the sweet and tangy sauces of American BBQ, replaced by flavors like bulgogi and galbi. Korean barbeque is among the world’s finest, so once in a while, it’s a nice change from the heavier and thicker cuts of Texas BBQ.
Of course, Cedar Park, and the surrounding areas, is home to many, many more great barbeque restaurants. But these notable eateries are a great place to start when attempting to sample all the best BBQ in Cedar Park, Texas.