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Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering

Photograph by Daniel Vaughn

While we waited in line, a friendly customer recommended the pork chop, so we started there. It was a stunning piece of meat. A generous slice had almost a bark of pepper on one side, and while it was a tiny bit dry, the taste had the perfect amount of smoke. The brisket, which is Certified Angus cooked for eighteen to twenty hours, boasted a nice half-inch smoke ring and pepper on the exterior, and the pork ribs were fine and meaty. Two kinds of homemade sausage appear on the menu—jalapeño-cheese and regular—and at the suggestion of a counter person in the cafeteria line, we got the jalapeño-cheese. It was tied in a ring and had a perfect snap (beef and Boston pork butt go into the filling). The turkey proved outstanding, with a peppery exterior, smoky flavor, and a juiciness that made the slice glisten.

City: San Marcos


Method: Post oak; indirect-heat pit

Pitmaster: Michael Hernandez; Aaron Hernandez (since 2009); and Omar Serna (since 2012)

Pro-tip: The musard sauce is as good as City Market's.

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 1612 S. IH 35, San Marcos, TX, 78666

Hours: Mon-Wed 11am-8pm, Thurs-Sat 11am-9pm, Sun 11am-4pm (or until sold out)

Phone: (512) 392-6000

Website: www.hayscobbq.com/

Year Opened: 2007

Last updated: May 3, 2013