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 Brackenridge Park. If the weather's nice, there's nothing better than grabbing your meats to go and taking them to the park for a picnic. This location is new, but Smoke Shack has been around and has a food truck at 410 & Nacodoches for quite a while. Their food truck still operates during the week. It's encouraged that you opt for the 3 meat combo. The barbecue is smoked to perfection and utterly tender. There's plenty of choices, from brisket and sausage to smoked turkey, chicken and succulently caramelized pork ribs. The sides are just as good and include potato salad, mac & cheese, fried okra and more. The portions are generous and potentially enough food for two to share, although you may not want to. If you're feeling frisky, give the frito pie a chance. It's one of the best in town!
Recommended for Barbecue because: Smoke Shack is one of the newest and indeed best barbecue joints in town!
Kimberly's expert tip: Make sure to try the potato salad, complete with bacon!
You don't have to travel far in San Antonio to find some fantastic barbecue, and few illustrate this better than 2M Smokehouse. Located about 15 minutes from downtown on the east side is where you'll find a passion for Texas barbecue that's nearly unparalleled. Two high school friends that shared one passion, one dream, came together to bring 2M to life, and in just a few years have become a local's favorite. It starts with a dry-rubbed Texas-style brisket that's smoked for up to 18 hours. The duo has artfully blended Central Texas-style barbecue with local flavors and ingredients that they grew up eating themselves. The result is a truly original barbecue menu you won't find anywhere else. From the seasonings on the meat to the pork sausage (made in-house) with Oaxaca cheese and serrano peppers, get ready for a succulent treat you won't soon forget. Enjoy your meats San Antonio-style, as a taco, or as a sandwich. Sides, such as the Chicharoni Macaroni (topped with crispy pork rinds), Borracho Beans and Mexican Street Corn solidify 2M's standing as "puro San Anto" fare!
Recommended for Barbecue because: 2M Smokehouse is one of the newer barbecue restaurants in town, wowing people with their Mexican-inspired barbecue and classic San Antonio favorites.
Kimberly's expert tip: Make sure to ask about their scratch-made banana pudding. It's a special treat you will definitely want to save room for!
Smoke recently relocated to the downtown area, just on the Eastside, 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, including traditional brisket, pulled pork, Dr. Pepper pork ribs, beer can chicken, Shiner Bock Beer brined turkey, prawns with chimichurri sauce, bacon, and bratwurst. If you go hungry, don't be too shy to try their Cowboy Chop Ribeye with barrel-aged rye whiskey butter. Besides the more familiar barbecue menu, they offer burgers, sandwiches, entrees and a long list of sides, such as buttermilk mashed potatoes and creamed corn. Yum! Pickle fiends will appreciate their "pickles by the jar," options like sweet and sour carrots, jalapenos, spicy garden vegetables, candied beets and whiskey spiced peaches. It's fair to say, Smoke thinks a little outside the box. There are not many other places in San Antonio (or elsewhere, for that matter) where you can chow down on some crispy pig ears and braised tongue!
Recommended for Barbecue because: Smoke is one of the newest restaurants in the downtown area, and few offer better barbecue for when you can't shake that craving.
Kimberly's expert tip: Smoke has one of the largest outdoor patios downtown, including some cozy covered seating.
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, serving classic Texas Pit BBQ in a family atmosphere, locals flocked to it. This little joint is open 7 days a week and you can eat in or get your feast to go. Their succulent meats include brisket, pork butt, chopped beef, pork ribs, baby back ribs, sausage and chicken thighs. When Anthony Bourdain was in town, this is the barbeque restaurant he went to. Enough said!
Recommended for Barbecue because: If you're visiting San Antonio, Chef Jason Dady's barbecue is always worth the trip!
Kimberly's expert tip: This is a great place to take the kids, with a play area on site featuring a "rainbow playground."
You can drive all over Texas and never find another restaurant that takes barbecue to this level of perfection, although when it comes to barbecue, those might be fightin' words. Still, Blackboard Bar-B-Q, known for its elevated craft barbecue, has some things going for it that few restaurants even strive towards. To begin with, they cut their own wood for the smoker using the Live Oak trees on property. The smoker is a story unto itself, as it's close to half a century old. Chef, co-owner and pitmaster, Jake Gandolfo, compares it to inheriting your great grandmother's exceptionally-seasoned cast iron skillet. Then there's the meat. Blackboard makes a ridiculously succulent Texas dry-rubbed Wagyu brisket that truly melts in your mouth like butter. Add to that the wild boar jalapeno cheddar sausage, housemade Boudin, Luckenbach Lollipops of buttermilk-brined, deep-fried Texas-raised quail and you've got yourself an epic barbecue feast. Make sure to save room for one of chef and co-owner, Jo Irizarry's freshly-made desserts, including giant chocolate chip cookies with ice-cold milk, cobbler or carrot cake.
Recommended for Barbecue because: Barbecue doesn't get any better than this Texas Hill Country gem, which creates unique chef-prepared barbecue and unexpected delights.
Kimberly's expert tip: A visit to Blackboard Bar-B-Q makes for a fun day trip on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon to the Texas Hill Country, but on Thursday nights, they feature live music and mouthwatering burgers!
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 that goes around the building, but they move fast and offer samples while you wait, so don't worry! Rudy's menu features Texas smoked sausage, brisket, St. Louis ribs, turkey, and chicken as well some fantastic fixin's including their decadent creamed corn, potato salad, and beans. Tastes just as good as homemade! They also take orders online and offer catering and shipping.
Recommended for Barbecue because: Rudy's has been around for a long time and is a BBQ staple in Texas.
Kimberly's expert tip: Rudy's makes some of the best-creamed corn in town... thick, rich and delicious.
Jason Dady is one of San Antonio's top chefs and restaurateurs, with a list of accolades a mile long, including national TV appearances. Chef Dady is known for his talent with meat, and that includes barbecue. In fact, Alamo BBQ Co. is his second barbecue restaurant. The restaurant, which also has a play yard for the kiddos, serves up Texas pit barbecue and traditional sides. The array of market-style meats include beef brisket, peach-glazed baby back ribs, pulled pork, smoked turkey, chicken thigh, smoked sausage and chopped beef. They also feature some incredible sides such as smoked bacon-wrapped jalapenos, green chile chopped beef queso and chopped beef Frito pies. Get ready to dig into some chef eats with a Texas twist!
Recommended for Barbecue because: Alamo BBQ Co. is one of the newest barbecue restaurants to open up and offers classic Texas barbecue from one of San Antonio's celebrity chefs.
Kimberly's expert tip: A great stop for lunch with sandwich options such as The Big Tex BBQ Sammich that comes with brisket, sausage, pulled pork, slaw, pickles and their signature sweet BBQ sauce, not to mention weekday lunch plates during the week from 11 to 3 pm.
Everyone has those days when you're wanting more than one thing. Some days you're craving Asian food, some days you're craving barbecue, and some days you're craving both. It's a conundrum, to be sure! Fortunately, Curry Boys BBQ comes to the rescue with an Asian-barbecue fusion that will happily satisfy all of your cravings. Located in a tiny pink building surrounded by picnic tables, Curry Boys offers an experience, more than anything. They say it's where Southeast Asian curry meets smoked Texas BBQ. As you might imagine, one of their most popular bowls is the Brisket Smoke Show, which comes with classic, smoked prime brisket paired with a yummy green curry over white rice. Another popular bowl is their Good Luck Cluck, made with tender, peppery chicken thigh in a velvety yellow curry, also over fluffy white rice. Which fusion will satisfy your craving? There's only one way to find out!
Recommended for Barbecue because: Curry Boys BBQ offers something just a little bit different, but oh so delicious, from your typical Texas barbecue.
Kimberly's expert tip: We don't know how or why but Curry Boys happens to make some of the best flan we've ever had. It's covered in sweet cold brew and topped with whipped cream. Yum!
Not sure why this place is named Bandit BBQ - perhaps because it takes you by surprise just how great it is. Known for their craft made sausages, which can change from week-to-week and include some really fun and incredibly delicious flavors, such as pork sausage stuffed with mac-n-cheese and bacon, they're really isn't anything here that's not scrumptious. You know, all the good stuff! Bandit is a more modern version of a barbecue joint, and do it their way all the way! A great place to grab lunch or dinner, they offer a variety of sandwiches, from burgers to pulled pork. Their turkey sandwich, piled with tender moist smoked turkey and topped with smashed avocado and a special sauce practically melts in your mouth. The burger, too, has been getting some high praise for its cheesy meaty goodness. The brisket is spot on too, and if you're feeling daring, you can ask to add some to your burger. Sky's the limit at Bandit! The environment is stylish and, bonus, located next to a coffee shop.
Recommended for Barbecue because: With their KC-style barbecue, Dignowity offers something a little bit different than most local barbecue restaurants.
Kimberly's expert tip: For a side, try the fries, which are just the perfect balance of soft and crispy. They're definitely some of the best in town.
Augie's barbecue has been a San Antonio staple for many years now. It's so delicious it repeatedly sells out, so make sure to get there early to get your favorites. Now, when it comes to favorites, Augie's has all the classics. He has mastered the art of Texas BBQ and that includes the sides, which are scratch made and, simply, exceptional complements to the barbecue. With succulent brisket, pulled pork, sausage, chicken and more perfectly smoked and ready to make your mouth water meats, Augie's is our #1 go-to for traditional Texas 'cue. As this is also a steakhouse, they offer affordable, hand-cut ribeyes and NY strips as well. The restaurant is spacious with fun décor you might expect. They also have a new dedicated bar with a long list of specialty bourbons and an outdoor patio where you can enjoy that brisket and bourbon on warm Texas evenings. Make sure to also check out Augie's other location, Augie's Barbed Wire Smoke House.
Recommended for Barbecue because: Augie's makes some of the best Texas-style BBQ in the Lone Star State!
Kimberly's expert tip: Now, you can grab some delectable breakfast tacos in the morning from your favorite BBQ masters!