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2M Smokehouse

Oct 18, 2017 By Texas Monthly

In 2015 Esaul Ramos left San Antonio for Austin and became the lead pitmaster at La Barbecue. Now he’s back in his hometown with a barbecue joint of his own. 2M Smokehouse opened last year and quickly gained traction. Ramos could have done a La Barbecue copycat, but he went…

El Machito

Jun 26, 2017 By Texas Monthly

An ode to all things meat, this Johnny Hernandez (La Gloria, Frutería) outpost is inspired by “the carne asada of northern Mexico and the estilo campestre of Guadalajara.” And the charming faux bois cement sculptures around the historic Cementville headquarters are a plus. Go right for the grilled meats, ordering…

King’s Hwy Brew & Q

Apr 25, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

If you’re bored with barbecue, this is the place to find something new. And it also might be the joint that we look back on as the birthplace of San Antonio-style of barbecue.

Baker Boys BBQ

Apr 14, 2016 By Daniel Vaughn

In Luling, Wayne Baker grew up on the basics of barbecue. Brisket, ribs, and beef sausage came wrapped up in butcher paper at City Market, the favored barbecue joint of his youth. “I didn’t really know a barbecue plate existed,” he told me at his barbecue joint, Baker Boys BBQ in Gonzales.

The Big Bib BBQ

Sep 23, 2015 By Daniel Vaughn

The poultry needs no adornment. Slices of turkey breast were juicy, flavorful, and tender. The chicken was even more impressive. We’re not sure how they’re making money on it since a half chicken came along as one of the options on our three-meat combo plate. This is where all that…