Iron Works BBQ: "Missing BBQ" Iron Works BBQ Tip by msbrandysue

Iron Works BBQ, Austin: 3 reviews and 6 photos

Ok...I feel like I'm going to make enemies posting my honest review but I feel like it has to be said...

I have heard about Iron Works from 1000 Places to See Before You Die USA Edition and countless other travel reviews (articles/tv). Is it because of the history? The place has been selling BBQ forever and it's actually funny to see this small red-roofed BBQ joint with Austin's downtown in the background rising high above. IT has the Historical Marker outside of the restaurant....

But I just didn't connect with the food...

I got the sampler so that I could try the sausage, brisket and beef rib. The rib was absolutely gigantic. I even took pictures! But it had fat all over it...much more than meat. The brisket had fat in it...and YES, it was fat, no just tender meat. The sausage was very different but not to my tasting. It was very thick and the outer coating was tough to chew. The sides, as expected, were just for tradition and the slice of bread was stale. And to top it off we had to pay $5 just to park across the street!

I liked the outdoor seating and it was fun to watch the skills and turtles play while eating. The inside definitely takes you back to another time. The bathrooms are tiny closets but kind of amusing really.

Overall, I guess I just didn't get it. If I go back I'll definitely try a chopped beef sandwich and try to reconnect with the icon. But for now I'l stay bewildered at how I could miss this whole experience...because I wouldn't recommend the food. Living in Texas I've had much better BBQ.

Favorite Dish: The brisket was the best of the three on the sampler...

Address: 100 Red River
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: Right off of I-35 towards downtown off of Red River...Parking is $5
Phone: 800-669-4855
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 2
Theme: Barbecue

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 12, 2009
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