San Antonio’s Best BBQ

Three spots you can’t miss

If there’s a state that’s proud of its BBQ, it’s Texas–no contest. While there’s no shortage of solid spots to get your meat fix on, here’s three you can’t miss when visiting San Antonio.

B&D Ice House

This city institution looks a bit rough around the edges (think weathered picnic tables and self-serve cooler jugs of sweet tea), but that’s part of the charm. Though the meats, all of which hare smoked on-site, are no slouch, the sandwiches are especially memorable. The best-selling Bruno, for example, features chopped beef, mac and cheese, and coleslaw piled sky high.

Rudy’s Country Store & BBQ

At this cheerful, family-friendly restaurant–which also boasts a retail shop–it’s brisket smoked over local oak wood that reigns supreme. With three options (lean, moist, and cutter’s choice), there’s something every appetite. Simply order at the counter, add some sides (the creamed corn and potato salad are especially popular), and walk away with what’s guaranteed to be simple, but satisfying meal.

Augie’s Barbed Wire Smokehouse 

An easy stroll from the San Antonio Zoo and the Japanese Tea Garden, this lively spot, which opened in 2000, also features a beer garden, cigar bar, and regularly hosts local live musicians. And unlike a lot of the competition, you can order meats here by the quarter pound, so you can try a bunch of different things out.




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