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The Salt Lick Restaurant Review: In a land that prizes its barbecue, few pits are more famed than The Salt Lick. It’s a 20-minute drive southwest into the country from Austin, and one well worth it. The grounds are spacious and lovely, but the scent gives away why you’re here. Greeted at the door with an open pit with hanging sausage and full racks, meat-lovers are in nirvana. Everything is done family-style and they’ll keep bringing more to the table ’til you cry uncle. The juicy brisket sings with mesquite, the sausage packs a punch, and the meaty pork ribs set the standard. The secret recipe barbecue sauce is a unique, slow-simmering balance between sweet and heat. Try to avoid overeating to save room for a hubcap-size portion of homemade peach cobbler. They take cash only, though there is an ATM on site. What’s not on site, though, is alcohol---so feel free to bring your own beer cooler and carry it on in. After all, everyone’s family here.