August 15, 2019

Where to Find the Absolute Best Barbecue in San Antonio

Even in the meat-loving state of Texas, not all barbecue is created equal. Thankfully, these San Antonio restaurants know what they're doing when it comes to meats and all the fixins.
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2M Smokehouse
2731 S WW White Road, (210) 885-9352, 2msmokehouse.com
With national recognition in its pocket, 2M Smokehouse has lots to brag about. The East Side joint often inspires a long line of hungry diners waiting for their ‘cue fix, so make sure to get there early. If you do, you’re guaranteed to see what all the fuss is about. Pitmaster Esaul Ramos and company offer a Tex-Mex take on barbecue, with the menu offering chorizo, elote and pickled nopales alongside brisket, ribs and potato salad.
Photo via Instagram / ashleahalpern
2M Smokehouse
2731 S WW White Road, (210) 885-9352, 2msmokehouse.com
With national recognition in its pocket, 2M Smokehouse has lots to brag about. The East Side joint often inspires a long line of hungry diners waiting for their ‘cue fix, so make sure to get there early. If you do, you’re guaranteed to see what all the fuss is about. Pitmaster Esaul Ramos and company offer a Tex-Mex take on barbecue, with the menu offering chorizo, elote and pickled nopales alongside brisket, ribs and potato salad.
Photo via Instagram / ashleahalpern
Smoke Shack
3714 Broadway, (210) 957-1430, smokeshacksa.com
Brought to diners by Chris Conger, Smoke Shack has gained a dedicated following thanks to its share of quality meats and flavorful sides. The Broadway outpost offers a rustic feel with its honest shack vibes, making your platter of meats and starchy sides all the more fitting. Your best bet is ordering the brisket grilled cheese – or really any of the stacked sandwiches.
Photo via Instagram / fabianluque
Smoke Shack
3714 Broadway, (210) 957-1430, smokeshacksa.com
Brought to diners by Chris Conger, Smoke Shack has gained a dedicated following thanks to its share of quality meats and flavorful sides. The Broadway outpost offers a rustic feel with its honest shack vibes, making your platter of meats and starchy sides all the more fitting. Your best bet is ordering the brisket grilled cheese – or really any of the stacked sandwiches.
Photo via Instagram / fabianluque
Augie's Barbed Wire Smokehouse
3709 N St Mary's St, (210) 735-0088, 
Looking for a super country joint? Augie’s Barbed Wire definitely fits the bill. The chill restaurant is complete with a beer garden and live music. Yes, that’s on top of all the barbecue plates and sandwiches made with all the meats you can expect at any self-respecting barbecue spot. There’s even steaks and hot dogs!
Photo via Instagram / charlzalan
Augie's Barbed Wire Smokehouse
3709 N St Mary's St, (210) 735-0088,
Looking for a super country joint? Augie’s Barbed Wire definitely fits the bill. The chill restaurant is complete with a beer garden and live music. Yes, that’s on top of all the barbecue plates and sandwiches made with all the meats you can expect at any self-respecting barbecue spot. There’s even steaks and hot dogs!
Photo via Instagram / charlzalan
B&B Smokehouse
2619 Pleasanton Road, (210) 921-2745, bbsmokehouse.com
Though the old building may be long gone, B&B remains a force to be reckoned with in its new outpost. The family-run joint turns out house-smoked meats – expect brisket, sausage, turkey, pulled pork, chicken and ribs – alongside potato salad, creamed corn, cole slaw and Spanish rice. They even have lunch specials!
Photo via Instagram / nothingbutroomblog
B&B Smokehouse
2619 Pleasanton Road, (210) 921-2745, bbsmokehouse.com
Though the old building may be long gone, B&B remains a force to be reckoned with in its new outpost. The family-run joint turns out house-smoked meats – expect brisket, sausage, turkey, pulled pork, chicken and ribs – alongside potato salad, creamed corn, cole slaw and Spanish rice. They even have lunch specials!
Photo via Instagram / nothingbutroomblog
Alamo BBQ Company
511 E. Grayson, (210) 994-8099, twobrosbbqmarket.com/alamo-bbq-co
Brought to you by the esteemed Chef Jason Dady, who also owns Two Bros., Alamo BBQ pays homage to the San Antonio landmark – and delicious barbecue to boot. Located not too far from the Pearl, this spot is perfect for families as it has a large outdoor play area. Don’t worry, you’ll have fun too as you can enjoy live music while kicking back on the patio.
Photo via Instagram / alamobbqcompany
Alamo BBQ Company
511 E. Grayson, (210) 994-8099, twobrosbbqmarket.com/alamo-bbq-co
Brought to you by the esteemed Chef Jason Dady, who also owns Two Bros., Alamo BBQ pays homage to the San Antonio landmark – and delicious barbecue to boot. Located not too far from the Pearl, this spot is perfect for families as it has a large outdoor play area. Don’t worry, you’ll have fun too as you can enjoy live music while kicking back on the patio.
Photo via Instagram / alamobbqcompany
The Barbecue Station
1610 NE Interstate 410 Loop, (210) 824-9191, barbecuestation.com
Opened by the Peacock family in 1992, the Barbecue Station functions out of an old Exxon gas station so you can feast on some delicious barbecue. Rather than having locals have to drive out to the small towns to enjoy quality meats, the Peacocks brought the flavors to the Alamo City. Complete with made-from-scratch sides, the Barbecue Station should definitely be a rite of passage for ‘cue lovers.
Photo via Instagram / regoldman
The Barbecue Station
1610 NE Interstate 410 Loop, (210) 824-9191, barbecuestation.com
Opened by the Peacock family in 1992, the Barbecue Station functions out of an old Exxon gas station so you can feast on some delicious barbecue. Rather than having locals have to drive out to the small towns to enjoy quality meats, the Peacocks brought the flavors to the Alamo City. Complete with made-from-scratch sides, the Barbecue Station should definitely be a rite of passage for ‘cue lovers.
Photo via Instagram / regoldman
Davila’s BBQ
418 W Kingsbury St, Seguin, (830) 379-5566, davilasbbq.com
Just a short drive away in Seguin you’ll find unbelievably scrumptious barbecue meats awaiting you. Pitmaster Adrian Davila, who took over the family business, keeps it real with mesquite-smoked meats. Order a plate or enough for the family, either way you’ll be eating good. Try the Big Red cake for the dessert you didn’t know you needed.
Photo via Instagram / theadriandavila
Davila’s BBQ
418 W Kingsbury St, Seguin, (830) 379-5566, davilasbbq.com
Just a short drive away in Seguin you’ll find unbelievably scrumptious barbecue meats awaiting you. Pitmaster Adrian Davila, who took over the family business, keeps it real with mesquite-smoked meats. Order a plate or enough for the family, either way you’ll be eating good. Try the Big Red cake for the dessert you didn’t know you needed.
Photo via Instagram / theadriandavila
El Monte BBQ
6526 Bandera Road, (210) 267-1356, el-monte-bbq.business.site
Brave through the risk of the red light cameras in Leon Valley and get your behind to El Monte BBQ. Nestled on Bandera Road, this outpost has all the meats and serves them how you like ‘em – chopped brisket sandwiches, brisket tacos and sausage wraps to name a few. It also serves up the choice of having your meal made complete with pan de campo on the side, which you should definitely get.
Photo via Instagram / elmontebbq
El Monte BBQ
6526 Bandera Road, (210) 267-1356, el-monte-bbq.business.site
Brave through the risk of the red light cameras in Leon Valley and get your behind to El Monte BBQ. Nestled on Bandera Road, this outpost has all the meats and serves them how you like ‘em – chopped brisket sandwiches, brisket tacos and sausage wraps to name a few. It also serves up the choice of having your meal made complete with pan de campo on the side, which you should definitely get.
Photo via Instagram / elmontebbq
South BBQ & Kitchen
2011 Mission Road, (210) 437-0070, southbbqkitchen.com
A still-new addition to San Antonio’s barbecue scene, South BBQ & Kitchen is a welcome joint on the city’s South Side. Inspired by the 2-1-0, South BBQ’s menu includes jalapeño cheddar sausage, brisket (duh), creamed elote, German potato salad and house tangy cucumbers. Trust us when we say that this spot knows what the people want.
Photo via Instagram / southbbq
South BBQ & Kitchen
2011 Mission Road, (210) 437-0070, southbbqkitchen.com
A still-new addition to San Antonio’s barbecue scene, South BBQ & Kitchen is a welcome joint on the city’s South Side. Inspired by the 2-1-0, South BBQ’s menu includes jalapeño cheddar sausage, brisket (duh), creamed elote, German potato salad and house tangy cucumbers. Trust us when we say that this spot knows what the people want.
Photo via Instagram / southbbq
Nelson's BBQ Food Truck
7327 N Loop 1604 E, (210) 473-4988, facebook.com/NathanielNelsonsbbq
Though currently on hiatus after a major setback from a break in, Nelson’s BBQ remains one of best spots for barbecue in town. Really though, one bite of the Nasty Nate, seen here, and you’ll see what the fuss is about. We’re counting down the days until we can get our fix.
Photo via Instagram / texasjoker1313
Nelson's BBQ Food Truck
7327 N Loop 1604 E, (210) 473-4988, facebook.com/NathanielNelsonsbbq
Though currently on hiatus after a major setback from a break in, Nelson’s BBQ remains one of best spots for barbecue in town. Really though, one bite of the Nasty Nate, seen here, and you’ll see what the fuss is about. We’re counting down the days until we can get our fix.
Photo via Instagram / texasjoker1313