Stiles Switch BBQ (Austin, Texas) Full Review

Stiles Switch BBQ (Austin, Texas) Full Review

Stiles Switch BBQ has been serving authentic Texas-style barbecue in downtown Austin, Texas for over a decade now. In that time they have cooked up a reputation in the Austin area for their food, especially their ribs. Along with the food, Stiles Switch has a big selection of craft beer from local breweries. The restaurant has both dine-in and takeaway options. They also offer a full catering service which is the perfect way to get authentic barbecue at any sized event.

The now-defunct 1800’s I&GN railroad stop, Stiles Switch, is the namesake of the owner and founder Shane Stiles. Shane grew up in nearby Taylor, Texas which is where his roots in Texas BBQ formed. The head pitmaster is Lance Kirkpatrick who has nearly 20 years of barbeque experience. Kirkpatrick formerly owned a barbecue in Taylor, Texas. Both have been actively involved in the restaurant since its inception in November 2011. 

Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew
Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew

Lance Kirkpatrick is known for his unique style of barbecue, which incorporates Texan and Asian flavors. He has won several awards for his barbecue, including the title of Grand Champion at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Invitational in Kansas City, Missouri. He has also been featured in national publications such as Bon Appétit and Southern Living.

Stiles Switch BBQ Menu

The menu at Stiles Switch BBQ includes the best authentic Texas barbecue and more. The smoked meat menu includes ribs, brisket, smoked sausages, turkey breast, and chicken. These can be ordered à la carte or in a 1, 2, or 3 meat plate. They also offer multiple meat-based sandwiches and burritos which can be great for to-go orders. An example of one of the great sandwiches on offer is The Boss Hawg. It contains Smoked Pulled Pork, Chopped Pork Rinds, Hog Wash Sauce, and Switch Slaw all piled high on a griddle-toasted bun.

The side offerings are the usual including potato salad, macaroni, casserole, and salads. Once you’ve finished dinner you can treat yourself to a homemade peach cobbler, banana pudding, or chocolate oreo pudding.

The Diablo Sandwich

Locations, Hours, and Contact Information

Stiles Switch BBQ is open every day of the week except for Monday and closes between 8 and 8:30 pm depending on the day. Each day the restaurant opens at 11 am. The Austin location gets busy early so it is best to arrive early. There is also a newer ‘BBQ & Brew’ location in Cedar Park which is not quite as busy but can still get crowded during the lunch and evening rush.

Stiles Switch BBQ (Austin)

6610 N Lamar Blvd

Austin, TX 787752

Phone : (512) 830-9199

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew (Cedar Park)

800 W. Whitestone Blvd Suite A-1

Cedar Park, Texas 78613

Mon – Closed

Tue-Thr – 11:00a – 08:00p

Fri-Sat – – 11:00a – 08:30p

Sun – 11:00a – 08:00p

Phone : (512) 305-3611



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