J. Leonardi’s Barbeque is local BBQ trailer located at the intersection of Airport and Oak Springs (original location) and E. 11th Street (2nd location). The trailers are owned and operated by Austin native Jerome Faulkner with partner Cedric Griffin, the legendary University of Texas Football running back.
Most popular BBQ restaurants don’t offer smoked chicken and those that do, with the exception of a few, usually serve dry flavorless chicken that tastes like it was forgotten about in the smoker. J. Leonardi’s smoked chicken is outstanding, offering a bold flavor and crispy brushed skin that stays consistently moist on the inside.
Their housemade sides include, smoked brisket pinto beans, cornbread, smoked cabbage and potato salad.
“I learned how to smoke barbecue from my uncle, but I add my own style to it and try to have a little fun with the menu. I think our customers appreciate something a little different while still being able to enjoy what they traditional order when they eat barbecue. Our food is based on our family recipes and I think people love the difference in options we offer.” – Jerome Faulkner.
1st location: 1149 1/2 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78702
2nd location: 1124 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702