Where to Find Finger Lickin' Good Barbecue in San Antonio

Being in Texas, you would expect San Antonio to be full of incredible barbecue joints, but truth be told, finding barbecue you would travel the ends of the earth for is another story. Still, we've managed to round up some of the best barbecue in town!

Unfortunately, the best of the best barbecue in the Alamo City isn't easy to come by, at least, not yet, but you can find them at farmers and artisan markets all around town for now! JD's Chili Parlor is a gourmet artisan chili, mac and 'cue company that puts a whole lot of love and attention into crafting excellent food. Their brisket, for one, takes days to make and is whiskey-marinated, chili-rubbed (with a special blend of chili seasonings), smoked and then crunched. Every bite is a slice of heaven. 

The Granary, located at the Historic Pearl, is a local's favorite for barbecue. Stop in for lunch to enjoy some traditional barbecue such as St. Louis Ribs, Smoked Chicken and Sausage, or join them in the evening for a more refined dining experience. They offer delicious options such as Smoked Pork Belly with Anson Mills Pencil Cob grits, watermelon hot sauce and fennel; smoked rabbit; and grilled monkfish. 

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Rudy's Country Store and BBQ is a staple in San Antonio and all around Texas, in fact. They offer "Real Texas Barbecue" served in a family-style dining atmosphere. If you go during popular lunch and dinner times, you can expect to see a line...  Read More



Saltgrass Steak House offers patrons some of the most superb Texas steaks and barbeque this side of the Mississippi. Their story dates back to the 1800s, when millions of Longhorns roamed freely throughout Texas. Each winter the Longhorn were...  Read More

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Big Bib BBQ
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At Big Bib BBQ, you order your meat by the pound! Well, they do have smaller plates as well as family platters, but we suggest you get it by the pound. The ribs are tender and flavorful, the brisket is lean but also tender and has a good crust...  Read More

Two Bros. BBQ Market
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Chef Jason Dady is considered an innovative pioneer of the culinary culture in San Antonio and has developed quite a following because of his dedication to quality, excellence and professionalism. So when Dady opened up Two Bros. BBQ Market,...  Read More

Smoke Shack
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Get ready for some wonderful Texas barbecue, right in the middle of San Antonio - more specifically in Alamo Heights, right across the street from the Witte Museum and Brackeridge Park. If the weather's nice, there's nothing better than grabbing...  Read More



Who doesn't love a Brazilian steakhouse, but what if you could have all the things you love about it minus the fancy prices? What if there was a place where you could truly relax and savor the Picanha and other deliciously seasoned skewered...  Read More

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Smoke recently relocated to the downtown area, just on the East side, making downtown residents and visitors very happy. Smoke's Texas-style barbecue isn't just delicious, it's diverse. The menu is extensive, offering mouth-watering meats,...  Read More

Dignowity Meats
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Dignowity Meats is a smoked meat sandwich shop located in San Antonio's Eastside historical neighborhood of Dignowity Hill. The name may be hard to pronounce, but by the time you're done with your meal, you won't forget it. They offer elevated...  Read More



Housed in a renovated home next to the Pearl Brewery, The Granary 'Cue & Brew offers patrons a one-of-a-kind globally-inspired barbecue experience as well as hand-crafted, fresh-brewed beer, even root beer for the kids! While Central Texas...  Read More

JD's Chili Parlor
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JD's Chili Parlor is new on the scene in San Antonio, although they've been serving up gourmet artisan chili, barbecue and mac-n-cheese at Texas markets for years. They recently moved to the Local Sprout Food Hub in San Antonio and are planning...  Read More


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Kimberly A. Suta is a professional freelance writer, filmmaker and entrepreneur with a background in marketing, advertising and social media. Her first business, Midnight Sun Innovations,...  More About Kimberly