BBQ City Limits: Slab BBQ’s good news, bad news

By Mike Sutter | Fed Man Walking | 05.22.14
The Slab BBQ trailer is a survivor. It survived a fire in 2010, when it was called the Sugar Shack. It survived the transition from the cartoon clamor wagon of Sugar Shack to the sleek orange and black Slab trailer at 24th and San Antonio streets.
And now the Slab hopes to survive a move to a North Austin storefront — the former home of Texas Rib Kings — this summer (map). That means the trailer’s closed for now, at least until “closer to August.” Here’s the full text of the note taped to the trailer this week:
“Attn Slab Patrons: We are excited to announce that we have a new brick and mortar location coming soon! We will be on 183 and Burnet Road, right next door to Sherlock’s Pub. Because we want to be open by this summer, we will need to close this location to focus on getting our new location ready. We will reopen the trailer closer to August. Follow us on Facebook Slab BBQ for more details and to see where our food truck is. We look forward to seeing you at our new spot! Can’t wait for you to see it! Thanks — Slab Crew”
Slab BBQ specializes in sandwiches, from the basic brisket-and-sauce O.G. to the one-pound Donk, a mashup of pulled pork, brisket, chicken, sausage, queso and slaw that can’t stand up without a construction crane. (See the full BBQ City Limits review here.)
The best of the bunch is a pimped-out slider version of the brisket sandwich called El Jefe, with thick melted queso and jalapeños. It was on track to make my list of Austin’s Top 8 BBQ Sandwiches before the trailer took a hiatus. We’ll see if it survives to list another day.
(Photos by Mike Sutter © Fed Man Walking)
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