Smoked out in Austin, TX

Rattle Creek Meat Co. is a traveling barbecue road show based in Austin, Texas, and popping up all over the country this summer. Check the list of events to see if we are coming to a city near you!



About Us:

Mat Gonzalez cut his teeth manning the pits at LA Barbecue, where he learned the art of the perfect Texas brisket. It was that job that led him to take on a welding apprenticeship, and build his first smoker. Before entering the BBQ universe, Mat bartended at Launderette in Austin, and Gjelina in Venice, California. Mat’s perfect Sunday is an ice cold IPA, Thin Lizzy blasting through his speakers, and a rack of ribs on his plate.

Kelsey Small, a yankee from Connecticut, got to Texas as fast as he could. After a stint in Chicago for college, he moved to Austin to work at the infamous Franklin BBQ, where he learned the true definition of southern hospitality. He went on to man the wood oven at Neapolitan pizza joint Bufalina for 3 years, with stints baking bread at Emmer & Rye and L’Oca D’oro in between. Kelsey’s perfect Sunday is spent sipping margaritas, with some breezy tunes, and a white clam pie, fresh out the oven.

Upcoming Events

For booking events and catering, please reach out to 


May 5th-  Cinco De Mayo Party at Better Half (Austin, TX)


For events, catering, and general inquiries :