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BBQ time: 11 restaurants to experience Austin's best brisket and fixin's

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Summer heat is here and that’s just as good an excuse as any to hunker down with a whole mess of barbecue.

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BBQ season: A guide to Austin's best brisket, ribs and good ol' sides
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One thing you need to know about Texans is not to get in between them and their smoked meats. Lucky for Austinites, some of the best barbecue in the world can be found right here in Central Texas.

And there are a lot of places to try out, whether you're a longtime resident, newcomer or just a barbecue fan. To get your barbecue journey started, here are some of Austin's favorite places to get their grub.

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Austin drops in 2021's 'Happiest Cities in America' study

Pack your bags: it's time to head to sunnier skies in North Dakota.

At least that's what WalletHub's newest study seems to suggest. While South Dakota cities Bismarck and Fargo scored second and third on 2021's Happiest Cities in America, Austin came in at 27th.

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