September 06, 2017 Slideshows » Food & Drink

Where to Find the Absolute Best Barbecue in San Antonio 

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When it comes to finger-licking good barbecue, San Antonio has plenty of restaurants to rely on. Here are our favorite spots when we've got a craving for some 'cue.
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Conger’s Smoke Shack
3714 Broadway, (210) 829-8448, smokeshacksa.com
Chris Conger, barbecue connoisseur, turned a sleepy spot across the Witte into a barbecue church. With giant servings of brisket, pulled pork, sausage, turkey, sticky-sweet ribs and flavorful chicken, it’s hard not to get a three-meat plate.
Photo via Instagram / jessy_eats
The Big Bib BBQ
104 Lanark Dr, (210) 654-8400, thebigbib.com
Owner Stanley Shropshire knows barbecue. Take the Big Bib as proof. With a location in north San Antonio and another at Stinson Airport, this 'cue spot keeps it real with smoked meats and sides to match. Consider lunch the perfect time to visit with generous specials offered daily, but you're more than welcome to stop by for your fix of meats whenever you please. Stanley will surely thank you.
Photo via Instagram / atif
Two Bros. BBQ Market
12656 West Ave., (210) 496-0222, twobrosbbqmarket.com
The outside patio makes a great outing for family dinners while the inside has the rustic charm of a farmhouse outside of the Texas Hill Country at this Dady brother-created joint. The slow-cooked brisket is always tender and the cherry-glazed baby back ribs will leave you wanting more. Plus this is one of the only joints in SA where you can get grape Kool-Aid as a drink option.
Photo via Instagram, elvin.houston
2M Smokehouse & Catering
2731 S. W.W. White Road, (210) 885-9352, 2msmokehouse.com
2M seems to have bumped San Antonio into the will-wait-for-food world (especially after a nod in Texas Monthly’s Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas list) for better or for worse — guess we’ll bring our folding chairs next time.
Photo via Instagram, mtaylor1219
South BBQ & Kitchen
2011 Mission Road, (210) 437-0070, southbbqkitchen.com
Since opening in 2018, South BBQ & Kitchen has kept it real with quality meats and sides to match. Traditional smoked meats pair beautifully with the selection of Mexican and American sides, creating a very puro BBQ experience.
Photo via Instagram / southbbq
Orly's BBQ
3827 SW Military Dr, (210) 334-0300,
Found not too far from the edge of Lackland AFB, Orly’s BBQ makes for a great barbecue spot on the South Side. Though the hours are funky, you can stop in to take advantage of the daily lunch specials. There’s also “feast” options and family packs if you come in during the weekend. Either way, you’re doing yourself a favor if you order up the brisket and your favorite sides.
Photo via Instagram / lonestarloner
Dignowity Meats
1701 E Houston St., (210) 462-1496
At Dignowity Meats, the menu is short and sweet with stacked sides — a sharp cheddar mac with smoked bacon (yes, please), a cream cheese corn bake and the pasta & arugula salad — and plenty of sandwich options.
Photo via Instagram, geekillsy
B & B Smokehouse
2627 Pleasanton Road, (210) 921-2745, bbsmokehouse.com
The Southside knows good ’cue. Since 1984, the juicy chicken, and sweet ribs have kept folks coming back for more.
Photo via Instagram, man_e91
Texas Pride Barbecue
2980 1604 Loop, Adkins, (210) 649-3730, texaspridebbq.net
Get out of the confines of 410, 1604 and settle into country life. The joint is known for quality ’cue, Thursday bike nights and Friday fish fries.
Photo via Instagram, _shirleyshirlz_
Rusty Bucket BBQ
600 Cupples Road, (210) 433-6663
With new owners at the helm, there’s changes afoot at the Bucket, once known for its awesome beef ribs. Let’s hope they keep the classics.
Photo via Instagram, elianachic
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The Granary 'Cue & Brew
602 Avenue A, (210) 228-0124
Everyone knows that there's no better combo than beer and barbecue – especially the folks over at The Granary. Chow down on perfectly cooked meats while you sip on house beers brewed to compliment The Granary's menu.
Photo via Instagram, furcafe
Armadillos Texas Style Burgers
1423 McCullough Ave., (210) 226-9442, armadilloburger.com
For over 40 years residents of SA have gathered at Armadillos for ice-cold beer and incredible burgers. With an endless stream of jukebox tunes and their unique atmosphere, Armadillos is also the perfect place for your next big party.
Photo via Instagram, astuto53
Augie’s Barbed Wire Grill
Multiple locations, augiesbbq.com
Slow roasted, never rushed, Augie’s packs on the meat by the pound at this little smoke shack. Take a peek of their beer garden for some brews with your ‘cue.
Photo via Instagram, amykeelandellis
Bun ’N’ Barrel
1150 Austin Hwy., (210) 828-2829, bunnbarrel.com
Its atmosphere has the vibe of an old-school diner, but its menu items are far from the boring. Its barbecue selection includes ribs, chicken, brisket and more.
Photo via Instagram, loveandpeace1328
Blanco BBQ
13259 Blanco Road, (210) 251-2602
Sandwiches and po’boys make the cut, so to speak, and most meats can be turned into a combo. Plus the space offers plenty of seating for groups of all sizes.
Photo via Instagram, lizzi.darling
Grady's BBQ
Multiple locations, gradysbbq.com
This classic barbecue spot is a must-stop for anyone traveling through the city and locals alike. Chow down on some hardy 'cue and don't hold back on the sides.
Photo via Instagram, dsolzer
The Barbecue Station
1610 NE Loop 410, (210) 824-9191, barbecuestation.com
For more than 20 years, the crew has stood behind their promise for fresh, quality meats. Tender, succulent entrees dominate their menu as well as meats sold by the pound.
Photo via Instagram, bill.macfadyen
The County Line
Multiple locations, countyline.com
If your relatives insist on going to the Riverwalk and eating barbecue, you could do far worse than this river-adjacent joint.
Photo via Instagram, brotherspowell
B & D Ice House
1004 S. Alamo St., (210) 225-9801, banddicehouse.com
Two Bros. meets Southtown in this casual barbecue spot known for its smoked meats, barbecue plates and loaded sammies.
Photo via Instagram, pendletoncerealpathol
Bill Miller Bar-B-Q
Multiple locations, billmillerbbq.com
Bill Miller needs no introduction — especially to a San Antonian. A local favorite that always pull through when you have a hankering for barbecue or fried chicken, our list wouldn't be complete with out adding BM's.
Photo via Instagram, naga_viper
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Conger’s Smoke Shack
3714 Broadway, (210) 829-8448, smokeshacksa.com
Chris Conger, barbecue connoisseur, turned a sleepy spot across the Witte into a barbecue church. With giant servings of brisket, pulled pork, sausage, turkey, sticky-sweet ribs and flavorful chicken, it’s hard not to get a three-meat plate.
Photo via Instagram / jessy_eats

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