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The Original Willie’s Bar-B-Q

This joint has a large menu that caters to local tastes (brisket tacos, fajita plates), and it was packed during the weekday lunch rush. Meats are all available by the pound, with the tender pork ribs (smoked to perfection with pecan wood, a rarity in South Texas, where mesquite tends to be the norm) being the standout protein. Willie’s thin, sweet sauce serves as a nice complement. While beef ribs are sometimes more visually appealing than they are delicious, the ones here do not disappoint, featuring a hearty smoke flavor and fully rendered fat. Skip the bland sausage.

City: Alamo


Method: Pecan; indirect-heat pit

Pitmaster: Arturo Lanteros (since 2003)

Pro-tip: Get a few slices of the smoked fajita meat.

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 320 S. Alamo Rd., Alamo, TX, 78516

Hours: Mon-€“Sat 11-€“9, Sun 11-€“5

Phone: 956-702-1370

Website: originalwilliesbbq.com

Year Opened: 1992

Last updated: May 13, 2013