top 5 bbq restaurants in San AntonioWe started this blog series a few weeks ago with our list of the Top 5 Bars in San Antonio, and now we’re publishing our second list… The Top 5 BBQ Joints in San Antonio. Living in Texas, we tend to forget how phenomenal our BBQ is, but it’s one of the most common questions we get from out-of-state customers. Nearly every time someone flies in, they’ll ask us where they should go to get some good Texas BBQ.

So, our second list is our personal list of the top 5 bars in San Antonio. We all eat at these restaurants all the time, so we know that both locals and out-of-staters will love them. Like last time, if there’s a local spot with awesome BBQ that you think should have made the list, leave us a comment and tell us!

The 5 Best BBQ Joints in San Antonio (in no particular order)

Barbeque Station – (no website, but here’s their Google Maps page)
We absolutely LOVE this place.  Awesome BBQ, incredible sauce, and huge portions. We’re usually just picking up food to-go because we’re too busy to sit down there and eat, but even still – when you leave this place, you smell like you’ve been working the pit.  It’s addicting and heavenly.  We have yet to have a bad meal here.

Rudy’s –
Rudy’s is a tourist favorite and it’s easy to see why.  Their food is phenomenal and the creamed corn is like a dessert.  Their BBQ sauce is probably the best you’ll have anywhere in town. You can even order meat from them and have it shipped right to your doorstep! This spot is a bit more pricey, but always good and definitely worth it.

Grady’s –
Not only do we love their BBQ, but they’ve also got incredible fried fish. They’ve got generous portions and friendly staff. Again, we don’t eat there, because we’re bringing food back to the office, but the location is really nice if you have the time to sit down and eat. Their holiday feasts are amazing, and they’ve got great catering options for office parties.

County Line –
This is a special occasion type of place – and they have truly excellent BBQ.  They have a great easy dining atmosphere with large glasses of iced tea, which they like to call “the house wine of the South.”  Their BBQ sauce is exquisite, and their brisket and sausage are probably the best in town. Even their potato salad, beans and cole slaw are worth raving about.

Smokin’ Joe’s –
This is one of our favorite local spots because it’s close to our office. Joe’s has your standard BBQ items, and they’re all delicious. The AAB office favorite is the chopped BBQ sandwich – it literally melts in your mouth. This is our go-to BBQ spot, and we’ll always suggest it to anyone who’s on the lot and wants a quick bite to eat.

Stay tuned for more Top 5 lists – we’ve got more awesome ones on the way. And as always, leave us a comment if we left out your favorite…

Top 5 BBQ Joints In San Antonio

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  • May 14, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Aside from the County Line, are there any BBQ joints where you can order from your table off a menu? I don’t like having to stand in line and study a wall menu while people are waiting behind me, especially when I’m not familiar with the menu.

    • August 25, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks for the comment. Unfortunately The County Line is the only sit-down BBQ restaurant in the San Antonio area that we know of. There are some in Austin, but it is quite a drive. Let us know if you discover more, we would love to know.

  • February 23, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Took your advice and chose #2, Grady’s. It was quite good, although I’ve had better. They lack pulled pork, but the staff were friendly and the meat was smoky & tender. Only one sauce, but it was pretty good. No complaints or regrets… just a continued yearning for pulled pork with mustard-based sauce. :-)

  • March 6, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    So glad to see Barbecue Station on the list. This is Texas barbeque at its best! Born and raised in San Antonio, it’s always my first stop when I visit home. Heck, I have my mom send me their sauce in the mail!

    • March 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Two Bros BBQ Market would have to be in our Top 10 List of great barbeque joints, but the 5 listed are still our favorites.

  • March 24, 2015 at 11:48 am

    I would add The Salt Lick as another set down and order BBQ Paradise. Also the sauce there is mustard colored but tastes much better than Carolina Mustard sauces. My personal opinion is that The Salt Lick’s Sause is one of the best in TEXAS!


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