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Blue Moon BBQ

Photograph by Wynn Myers

Given Blue Moon’s location–on a somewhat remote plot along the Old San Antonio Road on the way to College Station from Dallas–the place relys on regulars. And those regulars know that Thursday night is prime rib night. For a nickel shy of $17, you can get a hefty slice of smoked prime rib, a loaded potato, bread, and salad. They use a post oak and an old steel smoker to get a good smoky essence on the meat, one that’s not overpowering.

The Moons have built themselves a good barbecue joint on the edge of nowhere. And they’ve built a good life around it. They live just up the road around Camp Creek Lake, and have taken to the laid-back lifestyle that doesn’t come with a stressful commute. Their customers are friends and neighbors, so their aim to please seems more personal. That aim is true on most of the menu, so maybe it’s time you found a reason to make Blue Moon your destination, or at least pretend like it’s on your way to somewhere.

City: Hearne


Method: Post oak in an offset smoker

Pitmaster: Rick, Toni, and Matt Moon

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 18746 E. OSR (Corner of Macey Rd.), Hearne, TX, 77859

Hours: Wed 11-€“3, Thur-€“Sat 11-€“7, Sun 11-3 or till meat runs out

Phone: (979) 549-4800

Website: bluemoonbbqtexas.com

Year Opened: 2007

Last updated: May 3, 2013


  • Larry Benka

    Have a cousin and her husband that live not far from there and everytime we visit them we make sure Lunch or Dinner comes from Blue Moon. I have eaten a lot of barbecue around Texas and this is still some of the best I have ever had. Now that I’m thinking about it might be time for a trip back up to see our kin folks. 🙂

  • Bobby Johnson

    I’m telling you this is one of the best joints in Texas. Thank you recognizing it and giving it a great write up!

  • I loved it when I was there and so did the huge crowd that was there as well…….mmm mmmm good!

  • Bill McGuire

    Rick Moon & I attended A&M Consolidated High School together, though he was 2 yrs ahead of me. I’ve eaten ribs, brisket, baked potatoes, and turkey there. If you are a fan of old fashioned BBQ & mom & pop joints like Blue Moon, then take the short drive out. heck, I just invited my son & 2 of his friends to join me out there tomorrow. Peace.

  • Don Middleton

    Do you have sit down service?