McBee’s Bar-B-Q (Hondo)
When San Antonio’s new-home market slowed back in 2007, construction worker Brant Slaughter and his wife, Roxanne, took over the westernmost outpost in this ’cue dynasty. Luckily, they brought along their own family recipes, which call for simple rubs and long hours “babysitting” the meat in the twin pits. Moist brisket had a crunchy black crust; rib meat fairly jumped off the bone. If you use a hunting lease within one hundred miles of Hondo, you’re cheating yourself if you don’t stop in.