We can't get enough of the smoky tradition that is barbecue. Grills, smokehouses, and pits make our mouths water, and it's the perfect season to list some of San Antonio's best joints.
While there are many great barbecue joints across town, we narrowed our list down to five top spots delivering on all that big, meaty flavor.
There is no better grilled cheese on the planet than the one at Smoke Shack. Filled with brisket and tons of cheese, this is the mother ship of loaded grilled cheeses. It is so delicious, we can barely focus on all of the other tantalizing dishes being served. Another table favorite is the Big Dog, which comes with sausage, brisket, pulled pork, and house-made barbecue sauces. And we could never let you forget about the Smoke Shack Mac or the fried okra. Come hungry.
The Granary 'Cue & Brew
We set out to try new things, scheduling a fresh visit to The Granary because we had never tried the chicken. It was, as Granary always is, exquisite bite by bite. That buttermilk coleslaw? Keep it coming. You'll also want to save room for the famous banana pudding.
Two Bros BBQ Market
Laura Loomis, pitmaster at Two Bros BBQ Market, is throwing down amazing flavor. And when we say amazing, we mean out-of-this-world amazing. The everything-is-delicious game is being played here this summer with the cherry-glazed greatness of baby-back ribs and the always on-point brisket, sausage, and pulled pork. Smoked jalapeños and smoky spinach artichoke dip are worth the trip as well. Here’s the kicker: Two Bros also has deep-fried strawberry pie. We know. You're welcome.
Lucky for you, they have a food truck and two locations to choose from. Jump in with the pulled pork Philthy Little Sliders, then the brisket sloppy Joe, followed by the can of burnt end ranch beans and charred sweet potatoes. Pro tip: Order anything that has chimichurri sauce on it. Chef Brian West is famous for the sauce, and whatever he drizzles it on, soaks in it, or serves it with is genius.
King's Hwy Brew n Q
Brisket is pitmaster Emilio Soliz's thing, and he does it incredibly well, all while adding some San Antonio charm to the mix. For brunch, brisket hash is a must-order item — think jalapeños and fried eggs. During the week, you can mix and match tacos. We went with the brisket on this one, although the turkey sampling is just as flavorful.
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