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Austin’s Oldest Barbecue Pit Has Been Smoking Meat Since 1943

House Park is delicious and affordable

This week on The Meat Show, host and professional carnivore Nick Solares visits House Park Bar-B-Que, an Austin, Texas institution turning out simple, classic smoked meats and sides away from the usual barbecue crowds.

House Park has been smoking meat since 1943, making it the oldest and longest continuously-running barbecue pit in all of Austin’s city limits. It is also one of the few restaurants in the area to boast an above ground brick smoker — a fire at Bert's Barbecue in 2007 inspired a new city ordinance banning their construction. But owner Matt Sullivan, who took over the business from his father in 2012, cites the unit as the secret behind House Park's status as a hidden barbecue gem.

Watch the video above for Solares’ take on the pit’s straightforward yet flavorful offerings, which have stayed the same for nearly 75 years.

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