San Antonio BBQ Restaurants
The unique thing about San Antonio Barbeque is the variety of BBQ that you can find. We have mesquite smoked barbeque, pecan smoked, and a variety of other wood flavor smoking in this city. Because of the abundance of mesquite trees in the San Antonio area, mesquite smoked meats are easy to find. Many of the barbeque restaurants in the area buy their wood elsewhere and you'll more than likely like what they use for full flavored meats. BBQ in San Antonio is easy to find, and nothing short of world class. I haven't found any cedar smoked BBQ though.
The barbeque at Rudy's Country store smoked on oak wood, which is slower burning than mesquite. Rudy's prides themselves on their BBQ sauce, or as they call it, "sause". They also pride themselves on being the "worst barbeque in Texas", so they say. Quite the contrary, Rudy's is very good bbq and rightfully so. All of their barbeque is smoked on oak wood, which burns a little slower and cooler than mesquite wood. I've had everything on the menu from Rudy's and the flavor is tasty. I'm not a big smoked turkey fan but this barbeque restaurant knows how it's done. Their smoked turkey is juicy and has great texture. The ribs are big pork ribs and the brisket, chicken and sausage fall right in line with the textured and flavorful smoked meats they sell. Another standout here is the creamed corn. It's the best you've ever had. Rudy's Country Store was originally started in Leon Springs but has grown to include restaurant locations in Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Also, their jalapeno sausage is fantastic.. Rudy's original barbeque restaurant is pictured below.
Bill Miller BBQ
San Antonio residents know this local barbeque chain as "Bill Millers". Their chain of almost 70 stores operates in south and central Texas. Bill Miller BBQ restaurants are all over the San Antonio area and are extremely popular. They use live oak wood to smoke their meats and serve it up cafeteria style in a large dining room. The family orders will feed you for days and the price is extremely reasonable. Take out meals and catering services are available. Bill Miller BBQ is great tasting barbeque and feeding the whole family is affordable! A little known fact about Bill Millers is the breakfast tacos are some of the best in San Antonio.
B & B Smokehouse
This little BBQ restaurant on the south side has outstanding plates. They serve burgers and the like but their barbeque is really good. The sauce is thick with a smoky flavor to it and the sausage is smoked just right. The sausage casings are a little thick but that just helps retain the moisture in the smoked links. The brisket was a little dry but the bbq sauce fixed that. Sides consisted of potato salad and pinto beans. The beans were pretty tasty but the potato salad was out of this world. In other words, even if you order a burger, get the potato salad. B & B Smokehouse also offers custom meat smoking.
The Barbeque Station
You'd never expect to find good barbeque in the Alamo Heights area but the Barbeque Station definitely sets the standard for 09 area bbq. I can't vouch for the origins of this bbq restaurant or its story but supposedly, the owner was in east Texas and went to a barbeque restaurant for lunch and thought it was the best bbq he'd ever had. Arriving back in San Antonio, he decided that duplicating the barbeque he'd eaten in east Texas would surely be a hit with San Antonio locals. As the story goes, he went back to the east Texas bbq restaurant he'd eaten at and visited with the people working there and found out they were all family. He offered to buy them a house in San Antonio and pay them fairly if they'd move to San Antonio and make barbeque at his restaurant yet to be opened. The family agreed and moved to San Antonio bringing their smoked meat techniques and bbq recipes with them. The result is some of the best east Texas barbeque right here in San Antonio. If you get the chance to visit the Barbeque Station on loop 410 just east of the airport, do so. Your taste buds will thank you for it.
Augie's Barbed Wire Smokehouse
The menu states, "Our BBQ is made fresh daily so please forgive us if we occasionally sell out". Augie's has some good bbq that my friends have affectionately named "Zoo-Q" because of their location. Augie's Smokehouse is just up the street from the San Antonio Zoo across from the Brackenridge Park golf range. The brisket has great texture and flavor but the ribs seemed to be a bit lacking in good texture, although they don't lack in flavor by any means. The jalapeno sausage is out of this world and coupled with Augie's barbeque sauce, makes for quite a spicy link. Their sauce is heavy on heat so opt for a tea or water to put out those flames. You may need the refills. Augie's Barbed Wire BBQ has an atmosphere likened to an old time saloon with wood floors, walls and ceilings with nostalgic old west and Mexican gunslinger decor. Sides include all the standard BBQ side dishes you'll find anywhere and seems to be freshly made. The Barbed Wire BBQ Smokehouse is good barbeque in a convenient location making for a great lunch stop after a trip to the zoo.