In this first story of our new series, Save Room, we introduce you to the incomparable Chocolate Banana Pudding at Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew. You’re welcome.

Save Room For: Chocolate Banana Pudding

Introducing a new series for 2016, Save Room. Throughout the year, we’ll visit the best barbecue joints in Texas to indulge in the typically overlooked, neglected, and altogether forgotten items on the menu: the desserts. 


The stars of Texas bbq are not wanting for attention; our friends at Texas Monthly, and Texas Highways and even publications outside of Texas are regularly writing about creative brisket and fancy pits and epic long lines. Which is all well and good. 

But as Texans and ourselves patrons of great Texas bbq joints, we’ve noticed a little something is always missing from the conversation: the sweets. Call them the menu-bottom dwellers, the after-thoughts, the unsung courses; regardless, we’d argue that the puddings, cobblers, and pies on these menus are often just as worth the trip as the jalapeño-ny links and tangy sauces. 

The challenge, of course, is you have to save room for dessert, somehow rationing your portions of the wonderful meats and beans and sandwich bread sopped in sauce. This is not easy to do, we admit. But to inspire you to save room, or at the very least to get some plated to-go, we’re offering some up-close-and-personal photos of some of our favorite bbq desserts across Texas. We’re happy to begin with (and finish with < see what we did there) the Chocolate Banana Pudding at Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew.

The File

The Joint: Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew

Location: Austin, Texas

Save Room For: The Chocolate Banana Pudding

Sweet Notes: Made with fresh bananas and Oreo cookie bits, the Chocolate Banana Pudding is every bit as delicious as you might imagine. Some scoops have more chocolate, some more Oreo, and others more banana. It’s a flavor adventure with every spoonful. 

You’ll Have to Ration: Main course all-stars like brisket, pork ribs, smoked turkey sandwiches, and frito pie, and sides that include corn casserole, dill potato salad, and mac & cheese. Operated by owner and founder Shane Stiles together with pit master Lance Kirkpatrick, Stiles Switch is regularly ranked among the top bbq spots in Texas by Texas Monthly and other bbq enthusiasts. So, with respect to your rationing efforts: seriously, good luck with that. 

Go Get Some: Stiles Switch BBQ and Brew. 6610 North Lamar Blvd. Austin, TX 78757. Hours: Closed Monday! Tues-Thurs: 11 am - 9 pm; Friday-Sat: 11 am - 10 pm; Sunday: 11 am - 9 pm. 

- N4SJ

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