B&B Smokehouse – 2619 Pleasanton Rd, San Antonio, TX 78221
My favorite local BBQ joint. I always order the turkey bacon club. Sometimes with extra bacon on the side. I’m also a fan of the fresh lemonade, cookies, fries, and green beans. The salads are HUGE! The burgers taste good. I’m not a huge meat-eater so I can’t really speak on the typical BBQ fare here, but there is usually always a line.
Bill Miller Bar-B-Q – multiple locations
Probably the cheapest, most reliable BBQ in the area. Headquartered in San Antonio. A staple in the area. Typically quick service, however I recommend going inside if you see a long line in the drive-thru. You must try the sweet tea – addictive! They even sell it by the bucket. I usually order mine half sweet, half unsweet as the sweet is very sweet. As for the food, I really like the turkey salad with ranch, chopped BBQ sandwich, hash browns (not like other restaurants), french fries, green beans, and fudge brownies. Usually the Buckaroos kids’ chopped BBQ sandwich meal is plenty for me.
Johnny’s Steaks & Bar-Be-Que – 301 Thomas Arnold Rd, Salado, TX 76571
BBQ by people who you can tell love food and barbeque. Definitely one of my favorite places to go whenever I am in the area. I’ve never had a bad meal here. I could go on and on, but I’d recommend the BBQ Tater, Johnny’s Nachos, Bacon Wrapped Mesquite Grilled Shrimp, and the frozen margaritas. They even have days where they offer all-you-can-eat ribs and catfish! The service and the customers have always been pleasant. They also host music events.
Rudy’s BBQ – multiple locations
Founded in the San Antonio area. Now in multiple states. I’m not sure if it still is, but their slogan used to be “The Worst BBQ in Texas!”. I wouldn’t say it’s anything to write home about, but it’s good for a quick drive-by if you’re looking for generally affordable BBQ with quick service. Usually there is a gas station attached to their locations. Usually bench-style seating. I like their potato salad, BBQ sauce, and chopped beef.
Smoke BBQ+Skybar – 501 E Crockett St, San Antonio, TX 78202
I haven’t tried this place, but it gets very packed. Outdoor seating. Music was very loud and it had a party/club vibe when I briefly went inside. On the outskirts of downtown. Walking distance from the Alamo. Very limited parking; I’m going to guess you’ll probably end up having to pay for parking. Not in the greatest area as it is close to the Interstate where a lot of homeless hang out. If it were me, I’d take a taxi or rideshare for front door drop off and pick up.
The County Line – multiple locations
A sit-down restaurant-style BBQ joint. Founded in Austin. More expensive than usual as far as BBQ goes, but I’ve always liked the food. And that’s saying something as BBQ is generally not my first choice. Their Riverwalk location has outdoor seating that is great for people watching.