The Top Five Barbecue Restaurants in San Antonio

Granary ‘Cue and Brew

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Image courtesy of Texas Monthly

It may not be the kind of barbecue that grandma used to make, but The Granary’s creative culinary concoctions will keep you coming back for more. With freshly baked bread, responsibly sourced meats, and home-brewed beer, the meals soar to new heights. Owned by Tim and Alex Rattray, The Granary sits in the heart of San Antonio’s Pearl District. Although it’s only their first restaurant venture, they’ve already got critics raving. The menu changes with the seasons, and dishes become even more creative by dinnertime. Their Brisket ramen with homemade noodles merges two cooking styles into one memorable dish, and their coffee quinoa pairs beautifully with the melt-in-your-mouth beef cod. Go ahead and eat off the beaten path! The meals at the Granary are sure to wake up your taste buds.

Two Bros

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This market-style barbecue joint looks quaint and cozy from the outside, but the meats are anything but boring. At Two Bros, you can chow down on cherry-glazed baby back ribs and smother your brisket in a sauce made of molasses, coffee, and shiner beer. Pitmaster Laura Loomis uses an indirect heat pit full of oak chips to achieve that delectable smoky flavor. You’d be remiss to skip out on dessert, too. Their deep-fried strawberry pie is sure to satiate your sweet tooth. Get there early! The line can get long, and you don’t want to find yourself brisket-less. It’s no wonder Two Bros has been named one of the top 50 barbecue restaurants in the world by Texas Monthly.

Smoke Shack

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Image courtesy of San Antonio Express News

When it comes to making barbecue, Chris and Kate Conger know that simple is always better. Their food truck, located at 2347 Nacogdoches Rd, has been attracting BBQ fanatics for over four years. Their no-frills menu boasts of Southern classics like frito pie and fried chicken, but their smoked meats are what really steals the show. After winning the 2013 BBQ madness competition, the Congers proved that they didn’t need any wild gimmicks to take home the prize, just their tried-and-true recipes. Today, Smoke Shack has a brick-and-mortar location at 3714 Broadway St and is often hailed as the best barbecue in San Antonio.

Big Bib

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Image courtesy of San Antonio Express News

When meats are smoked for 14 hours, you know it’s going to be good. Come by the Big Bib at 104 Lanark Drive around lunch time, and you’ll see that just about everyone else in San Antonio thinks so too. This tiny BBQ eatery often has lines that extend past the door. The wait times can get long, but the oak and mesquite-smoked meat is well worth it. Be sure to try their rib tips—you won’t find a dish like that anywhere else in San Antonio.

B&D’s Ice House

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Southern charm will greet you at B&D Ice House. Located at 1004 S Alamo St, B&Ds has been a San Antonio institution for over 50 years. Beginning in 1961, this smoky barbecue heaven serves up the classics. Plan ahead! Like most places around the area, B&Ds sells out quickly.

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