Mann’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

8624 Research Blvd
Austin, TX 78757

Phone: 512-459-5077
Hours: Open Tue-€“Sat 11:15-€“8. Closed Sun & Mon.
Twitter: @MannsBBQ

Method gas

TMBBQ Rating: 3

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May 21, 2008

Owner Jim Mann and his jovial staff served us fatty brisket, pork ribs, and pulled pork that offered a surplus of smokiness and juice. (The salty sauce worked well with the loin.) Jim’s wife, Sallie, makes sides from Southern family recipes. Her black-eyed peas, lima beans, and cornbread perfectly accompanied the meat. Come on Fridays for free homemade ice cream (especially during peach season).


Comments from our joint finder app.
Decided to "Mann Up" today...guess I'll be skipping supper tonight! What a meal! Great sandwich but the star, as always, was that yummy pork rib. Can't get enough of those!!
Adam Murray @ Mann’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, 2015-08-27 18:18:37
Interesting little place. Super friendly staff, clean tables and plenty of tea. Doesn't look much like a BBQ joint but that doesn't matter, I came for the meat! Super disappointed in the brisket. Moist cuts covered in thick, unrendered fat with almost zero bark and no discernible smoke ring. Meat itself was just blah. The ribs, on the other hand, were amazing! Three bone special with two sides was only $9.99 and I was in hog heaven. Loin back ribs were a real surprise and that extra little chunk of meat on each bone really made this a great deal. Smoke ring was pronounced and tasty. Great meaty flavor with a good tug and just a slightly sweet finish. Hope these ribs weren't a one-off as I'm coming back again soon!
Adam Murray @ Mann’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, 2015-06-17 17:31:13
Not a lot of smoke flavor. Not all thefts had rendered in their fatty brisket. Good ring but not bark
James @ Mann’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, 2015-06-12 18:31:35
Finally made to to mann's and I wot be going back. Staff was very nice but the best think on my plate was the sides. The brisket and ribs were both bland. Not enough rub or smoke.
Brad Golub @ Mann’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, 2014-04-10 12:28:07
Excellent chopped sandwich. Potato salad was solid. Slaw not my favorite. Great BBQ joint overall.
bbq-kel @ Mann’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, 2014-07-23 15:06:36
Close to my old office, always a goo choice for lunch
Chris Kraus @ Mann’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, 2014-03-14 19:36:51
Visited yesterday, brisket was good would have preferred a bit more spice. The sausage was outstanding, juicy, great flavor, and good snap
Bob Conti @ Mann’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, 2014-01-14 19:39:59
Wtf how much did they pay to make the previous top 50? Pokelos has fifty strip mall joints better than this
Vic Jones @ Mann’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que, 2013-11-05 01:05:18
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January 8, 2009

A spot in Texas Monthly‘s Top 50 brings high expectations, so my mouth was watering after the disappointment at Texas Rib Kings down the street. Tuesday-Friday 11-3 were the temporary hours posted at the door, but there was no indication of the timeline for these hours. Upon ordering I was pleased that the pit boss quickly asked if I wanted lean brisket or “some with a little more flavor.” I opted for the fatty brisket as well as two enormous spareribs. As I paid the hefty total, the cashier offered me some complimentary strawberry ice cream . . . nice touch. As I settled in, I could smell the meat through the foil it was wrapped in. The brisket was outstanding with a deep black crust, a nice smoke line, and wonderful smoky flavor throughout. The fat was well rendered, and the meat was tender and moist. This was just what I needed to restore my faith in Austin BBQ. Then I tried the ribs. What a disappointment. The meat smelled and tasted as if it had been stored in a steamer beyond its taste limit. The meat fell from the bone and the fat was well rendered, but the smokiness and overall flavor were missing. Usually a joint that can nail a brisket doles out good ribs without breaking a sweat, but not on this day. At least I got to finish it off with some free ice cream.

(This review originally appeared on Full Custom Gospel BBQ.)


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