16 SA Barbecue Spots that Locals Love

Texans may be all about “God and country” (if by “country”, we mean “Texas”)...but there’s perhaps no religion more religiously practiced, argument more theologically debated, or tradition more ritually savored than the sweet, tangy sacrament of good ‘ol fashioned barbecue.

And in San Antonio, the debate of “which barbecue is best” is as hot as the sauce it swims in. To help you narrow it down, we’ve hustled up a list of the top spots locals love (according to reviews on Yelp, Google, and Foursquare!).

Have an opinion? Leave a comment to vote for your favorite! 

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Two Bros. BBQ Market

Address: 12656 West Ave

Neighborhood: North Central San Antonio

What to Taste: Brisket & Fried Strawberry Pie

Classic Texas barbecue with an old-school meat-market flavor, Two Bros specializes in cherry glazed baby back ribs, brisket, pulled pork, and smoked turkey.

B&D Ice House

Address: 1004 S Alamo St

Neighborhood: Southtown

What to Taste: The Three-Meat Special & Mac ‘n Cheese

Two Bros’ hip Southtown counterpart, B&D Ice House is all about cold beer and fresh ‘cue. Enjoy a Bruno Sandwich (brisket, mac ‘n cheese, and slaw) on the sprawling patio!

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Smoke Shack BBQ

Address: 3714 Broadway St

Neighborhood: Central San Antonio

What to Taste: Smoked Chicken, Fried Okra, & Banana Pudding

A tried-and-true classic barbecue joint, Smoke Shack specializes in impeccably smoked meats, from tender lean brisket to sweet pork ribs.

Nelson’s BBQ

Address: 7327 N Loop 1604

Neighborhood: Northwest San Antonio

What to Taste: The “Nasty Nate” Sandwich

With a near-perfect record of stellar reviews, Nelson's BBQ is universally loved by die-hard Texas barbecue fans. The most curiously delightful menu item? The Nasty Nate: a veritable “mega-sandwich” that combines brisket and mac-n-cheese with house-cured bacon on buttered Texas toast.

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B-Daddy’s BBQ

Address: 14436 Bandera Rd

Neighborhood: Helotes

What to Taste: Smoked Turkey & Jalapeno-Cheddar Bun

A new edition to Helotes’ foodie scene, B-Daddy’s BBQ has Hill Country vibes and fabulous sides. Grab a local beer while you’re here!

Blanco BBQ

Address: 13259 Blanco Rd

Neighborhood: North Central San Antonio

What to Taste: Polish Sausage & Pecan Pie

Smoked with Texas Oak and Pecan wood (and garnished with homemade spice rubs), Blanco BBQ has crafted the perfect formula for super-moist and super-flavorful Black Angus Brisket, Polish sausage, pork ribs, and turkey breast.

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2M Smokehouse

Address: 2731 S WW White Rd

Neighborhood: South San Antonio

What to Taste: Brisket, Barbacoa, & Mac ‘n Cheese

2M Smokehouse combines San Antonio’s two best foodie traditions: handcrafted Texas barbecue and Mexican flavors. Brisket, ribs, and smoked turkey meet tortillas and pickled nopales in this winning marriage of flavors.

Smokin’ Joe’s of Texas BBQ

Address: 114 N Weidner Rd

Neighborhood: Northeast San Antonio

What to Taste: Brisket & Black Russian Cake

A spot so good it doesn’t need advertising, Smokin’ Joe’s of Texas BBQ is a hidden gem on the Northeast side of the city offering a near-perfect sauce. And that’s saying something.

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The Granary ‘Cue & Brew

Address: 602 Avenue A

Neighborhood: Central San Antonio

What to Taste: Pastrami Beef Rib Special & Bread Pudding

A “hipster” take on barbecue staples, The Granary ‘Cue & Brew features “traditional market style” barbecue for lunch, and upscale seasonal dishes for dinner.

The Big Bib BBQ

Address: 104 Lanark Dr

Neighborhood: Central San Antonio

What to Taste: Jalapeño Sausage & Blackberry Cobbler

Touted as a “true Texas-style BBQ restaurant”, The Big Bib BBQ slow-cooks their meats for up to 14 hours every day (with aged oak and mesquite woods).

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Dignowity Meats

Address: 1701 E Houston St

Neighborhood: Dignowity Hill

What to Taste: Burnt-End Melt & Pastrami Sandwich

Bringing barbecue to a new level in the up-and-coming Dignowity Hill neighborhood, this spot offers to-die-for Texas comfort food including KC brisket burnt ends, buttermilk fried chicken, and loaded baked potatoes.

Old Smokehouse

Address: 5145 Fredericksburg Rd

Neighborhood: Northwest San Antonio

What to Taste: Smoked Lamb Ribs & Mesquite-Smoked Brisket

A Northwest San Antonio watering hole for 34 years, Old Smokehouse lives up to its storied name. With a brick pit and cook and mesquite flair, this spot is one of the few places in the state still making smoked lamb ribs!

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King’s Hwy Brew & Q

Address: 1012 N Flores St

Neighborhood: Downtown San Antonio

What to Taste: Brisket Breakfast Hash & Smoked Brisket Torta

Marketed as “Mexi-Q” (aka barbecue with a Tex Mex twist), King’s Hwy Brew & Q offers favorites like street tacos, tortas, Mexican rice, and borracho beans.

Ed’s Smok-N-Q

Address: 4419 Rockdale Dr

Neighborhood: Central East

What to Taste: Pulled Pork & Potato Salad

Located in a re-imagined Sonic building, Ed’s Smok-N-Q specializes in mesquite smoked barbecue for a classic Texas taste.

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B&B Smokehouse

Address: 2627 Pleasanton Rd

Neighborhood: South San Antonio

What to Taste: Brisket & Carrot Cake

This family-run barbecue hothouse has been serving up tasty dishes that have become “the pride of the South Side” since B&B Smokehouse’s inception in 1984.

Barbecue Station

Address: 1610 NE Interstate 410 Loop

Neighborhood: Northeast San Antonio

What to Taste: Mahogany-Skinned Chicken & Cobbler

This former filling station has been transformed into a barbecue haven in Northeast San Antonio, featuring wood-smoked meats & classic sides.

Which barbecue spot is your favorite? Leave a comment to make your vote! 

And, if you need any other San Antonio tips (from exploring local hidden gems to finding the perfect brunch spot), we’d love to help you keep exploring SA neighborhoods.

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