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About us

The original Stiles Switch BBQ located at 6610 N. Lamar opened it's doors in December of 2011. Stiles Switch BBQ is named after the historic 1800s I. & G. N. railroad stop in Stiles Switch, Texas. Stiles Switch is also the namesake of the owner Shane Stiles. Shane's inspiration for Stiles Switch BBQ is derived from his admiration of the Texas BBQ Legends he was raised on growing up in Central Texas. Stiles Switch plays tribute to these Texas "greats" by assembling a passionate team led by Pitmaster Lance Kirkpatrick who has decades of industry experience. Stiles Switch is focused on setting the bar high with a "no corners cut" method of preparation and selection of quality products. Stiles Switch has been honored on the Texas Monthly Magazine - Top 50 Texas BBQ Joints list in 2013 and 2017. Stiles Switch was voted Best BBQ Austin - Austin Monthly Magazine - Best of Austin - 2022

The original location of Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew, set in the historic art deco 1950s Violet Crown Shopping Center at 6610 N. Lamar, is designed to host a nostalgic atmosphere that transcends back to the old Austin neighborhood-style eatery. FUN FACT: The Violet Crown Shopping Center, one of the "oldest" shopping centers in central Austin, was also the film production hub for the late 1990s film "Dazed and Confused" starring Matthew McConaughey. The Stiles Switch BBQ lease space is the famed "Emporium" pool hall filmed in the movie.

Stiles Switch BBQ & Brew continues to set the bar in Central Texas Craft style barbecue while delivering a fun atmosphere with a nostalgic feel.