16 of the best barbecue restaurants in San Antonio

You can’t spell Texas without barbecue. And for newcomers to our state, or natives looking to chow down on some brisket, the plethora of options could become overwhelming. In San Antonio, you’ll find some of the juiciest meats around. Whether you like your meat blackened, smoked or slowly baked, there’s no shortage of tasty ribs, chicken or pulled pork to delight your tastebuds.

San Antonio’s barbecue scene is ever evolving, so what you experience on one side of town may not be the same on the other. Luckily for you, we’ve scoured the interwebs and reviews to find the best BBQ San Antonio has to offer.

Brisket, house-made queso fundido sausage, turkey, coleslaw and poblano mac 'n' cheese from Reese Bros Barbecue in San Antonio.

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Reese Bros Barbecue

The latest barbecue spot in the city is also its buzziest. After opening near San Antonio’s Alamodome in spring 2022, the restaurant was named one of the Top 50 new restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit. You can’t go wrong by ordering a full meat tray at Reese Bros (the turkey is succulent and rivals the brisket for its unctuousness), but don’t skip the sides. Poblano mac ‘n’ cheese is a real winner as well as their “okra beans,” that really have you wondering how the tasty concoction came to be. Dessert is a must! 

Find it at: 906 Hoefgen Ave., San Antonio TX 78210 | Friday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to sell out.

2M Smokehouse

From high school dreams to award-winning barbecue, this place has been feeding the masses since its inception in 2016. Their sliced brisket and house-made sausages are second to none. Delight in one of their sandwiches on a homemade bun or take your pick of pickled bell peppers and nopales. Finish it toff with one of their tasty desserts.

Find it: 2731 S. WW White Road, San Antonio, TX 78222 | 210-885-9352 | Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or until sold out

DeeWillie’s BBQ

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DeeWillie’s BBQ

Choose a selection of meats with their plate specials and add two of your favorite sides. Take home their half pound orders of brisket, turkey, baby back ribs, or chicken. DeeWillie’s BBQ also serves sandwiches, including chopped sausage. Traditional barbecue sides include mash potatoes, green beans, potato salad, baked potato salad, cream corn, mac and cheese, and sweet potato casserole. 

Find it: 12130 O Connor Road, San Antonio, TX 78233 | (210) 387-7452 | Tuesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Smoke Shack

You can’t get more Texan than down-home picnic tables and good barbecue. That’s what you’ll find at Smoke Shack BBQ + Kitchen. Their extensive menu includes all the meats, snacks, sandwiches, barbecue plates, and even something for the kiddos. This special place is known for its brisket grilled cheese stuffed with chopped beef and American melted cheese. Their standout sides include fried okra, spicy cream corn, and pinto beans.

Find it: 3714 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209  | 210-957-1430 | Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

St. Louis pork ribs, brisket, roasted green onions, pickled jalapeño, pickled carrot, sausage, smoked chicken and pickled onions from South BBQ & Kitchen.

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South BBQ & Kitchen

All meats, sides, sauces, and pickles are made in-house daily. You can’t go wrong with their mouth-watering brisket, pork ribs or sandwiches. South BBQ & Kitchen also serves barbecue tacos with chopped brisket or pulled pork stuffed with all the fixings. Sides include Spanish rice, creamed elote, loaded tator tot casserole, vinegar slaw, and more. Don’t miss out on the extras like homemade flour tortillas and house tangy cucumbers.

Find it: 2011 Mission Road, San Antonio, TX 78214 | 210-437-0070 | Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

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Two Bros BBQ Market

Have your choice of smoked chicken thigh or cherry glazed baby back ribs, smoked sausage, turkey and brisket, chopped beef and pulled pork. For all you cheese lovers, order the “Cheesy Chop” which comes in a pint, filled with chopped beef and mac and cheese served side-by-side.

Find it: 12656 West Ave., San Antonio, TX 78216  | 210-496-0222 | Daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Texas Pride BBQ

This family-owned barbecue job dishes up what they call award-winning barbecue and praise from food critics. Indulge in one of their meat combos with two sides. Choose from baby back ribs, turkey breast, sausage, brisket, and chicken. They also have all the traditional sides along with brisket fries, nachos, dessert, and a kid’s menu.

Find it:2980 E loop 1604, Adkins, TX 78101 | 210-649-3730

The Big Bib BBQ

True Texas-style barbecue with multiple locations. Enjoy sweet baby back ribs, piles of brisket on a toasted bun, or savory rib tips. Several barbecue plate options provide plenty of choices and each comes with two sides. Some of them include candied sweet potato casserole, green beans, mac and cheese, collard greens, and more. They also serve fried catfish.

Find it: 104 Lanark Drive, San Antonio, TX 78218 | 210 654-8400 | Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

225° Urban Smoke is a barbecue and Cajun restaurant on Rittiman Road.

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225 Urban Smoke

Where barbecue meets Cajun. Chef Sam has curated this restaurant’s delicious menu. Kick off your tasty meal with a variety of appetizers, including mac and cheese balls and pork rions. They also serve barbecue plates and sandwiches with several options. Not to mention, their Cajun specials: Southern style catfish, Cajun pasta, chicken and sausage gumbo, NOLA red beans and rice, and more.

Find it: 1015 Ritteman Road, San Antonio, TX 78218 | 210-444-9956 | Daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Pinkerton’s Barbecue

Barbecue and a view. What more could you ask for? That’s exactly what you’ll get here. Pinkerton’s Barbecue overlooks Legacy Park in downtown San Antonio. The sweet “candy paint” ribs are a fan favorite as well as the prime brisket. It’s duck & sausage Jambalaya is a must-try, and don’t forget to sweeten it all up with Aunt Ruby’s blueberry cobbler.

Find it: 107 W. Houston St., San Antonio, TX | 210-983-0088 | Sunday and Tuesday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sides from The Barbecue Station. Clockwise from top left: cole slaw, pinto beans, potato salad, creamed corn, green beans and jalapeño mac and cheese.

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Barbecue Station

After 30 years in the business, patrons from all over are still flocking to this barbecue gem-of-a-place. The fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs and brisket are a match made in heaven. Barbecue Station make its sides from scratch and fresh every day, including cream corn, potato salad, green beans, pinto beans, and coleslaw. There’s also stuffed baked potatoes with chopped beef or pulled pork.

Find it: 1610 N.E. Loop 410, San Antonio, TX 78209 | 210-824-9191 | Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Augie’s Alamo City Barbecue

Augie’s has been serving the San Antonio community for more than 20 years and continues to be a choice for some backyard barbecue. This chill restaurant on North St. Mary’s Street has a beer garden and live music. You’ll find barbecue plates, sandwiches, even a foot-long chili cheese hotdog. 

Find it: 3709 N. St. Mary’s St., San Antonio, TX 78212 | 210-735-0088 | Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, 12-9 p.m.; Sunday, 12-7 p.m.

Windmill Ice House

This easy-to-spot barbecue joint has a towering windwill out front, just as the name suggests. Once inside, you are greeted with the aroma of smoked brisket, ribs, sausage, and all the barbecue classics. Don’t skip out on the chips and queso and the build-your-own barbecue plate. There’s also a small kids menu and a large playground for them to enjoy.

Find it: 2769 Nacogdoches Road, San Antonio, TX 78217 | 210-714-0630 | Wednesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Korean BBQ

Brisket taco on a handmade flour tortilla from Chas Market & Kitchen on North Pine Street in San Antonio.

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Chas Market & Kitchen

This all-you-can-eat Korean barbecue restaurant is a steal!  They cook all the meat for you with white rice and sides with your meal. Choose from beef bolgogi and short ribs or thinly sliced brisket, pork belly, and shrimp. There’s also traditional lunch and dinner menus that include meat, rice and two sides.

Find it: 1431 North Pine St., San Antonio, TX 78208 | 210-227-1521 | Monday, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Tuesday-Wednesday, 6:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. (Tacos only)

Hon Machi Korean BBQ

There are a handful of locations throughout the San Antonio area.  Each location serves up traditional Japanese and Korean barbecue. They have bento boxes with a choice of meat including spicy beef bulgogi, brisket, spicy chicken, pork belly and other options. Some locations also serve all-you-can-eat lunch menus.

Find it: at several locations

Gogi Street

Named as one of San Antonio’s “Blue Plate Award” winners by News 4, it’s easy to see why Gogi Street is all the rave. The restaurant serves up Korean barbecue chicken and beef with an assortment of veggies, spices and sauces. One of their famous dishes, Gogi Street Supreme, includes barbecue chicken and beef topped with a fried egg.

Find it: 1280 Jones Maltsberger Road, San Antonio, TX 78247 | 210-455-5574