Known nationally and internationally for things such as the Spurs, fantastic Tex-Mex food, the San Antonio River Walk and, of course, the Alamo, there’s actually even more to love about this Texas city. Yes, we’re talking about the best ribs in San Antonio.
With so many things to see and do in this vibrant city, such as spend the day at Six Flags Fiesta Texas or even tour the historic Alamo, you’re surely going to work up an appetite. And, while you’re definitely going to want to try the local Tex-Mex, you can’t miss out on the chance to sample the best ribs in the city.
From sticky BBQ ribs to dry-rub ribs delivering a bit of a kick, there’s something here for everybody. Check out our picks for the best ribs in San Antonio to see what we’re talking about.
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Ask any local where to get the best ribs in San Antonio and they’ll undoubtedly list off Smoke Shack BBQ as one of their top spots. This Southern kitchen specialises in serving retro, rustic vibes alongside their incredible BBQ plates. You can order individual ribs or a whole rack. Go ahead and order the full rack. Trust us, after one bite you’ll be unable to resist devouring rib after tasty rib, regardless of how messy your face is after.
2M Smokehouse is a casual, cool spot where locals and visitors alike head to enjoy some of the city’s best BBQ plates. The pitmaster has worked hard to develop a smokehouse that’s become a true local staple, offering up a family-style dining atmosphere that’s both welcoming and warm. Stop by during the week to sample their tantalising pork ribs. On Saturdays, they serve mouthwatering beef ribs too.
It doesn’t get much closer to true Texas-style BBQ than the delicious plates of meaty goodness you’ll find at The Big Rib BBQ. The secret lies, in part, due to the fact that they smoke their meat for up to 14 hours every day with aged oak and mesquite woods. It’s what gives their baby back ribs such full flavour. Feeling like something different? You can sample the tenderest, meatiest rib tips you’ll find in San Antonio here too.
Not only is Blanco BBQ a pretty great spot to enjoy a full plate of BBQ, but their ribs are easily some of the best in the state. Breakfast here starts at 6 am and we highly suggest waking up early to get a taste of the brisket and egg breakfast tacos. Then, visit for lunch or dinner to try the mouthwatering ribs. They’ve got plenty of rib platters to choose from, allowing you to sample their other fantastic smoked meats on the side.
A local food truck, Nelson’s BBQ doesn’t let the smaller locale hurt is style. They fit a steel smoker inside of the truck and fire it up all day long. You can smell the BBQ from miles away. Let it draw you in and then go wild ordering one of everything off the menu. The sandwiches are great but their ribs are simply out of this world. Spare ribs in San Antonio have never tasted so downright flavourful.
At Alamo BBQ Co. you’ll absolutely “remember the barbecue.” With such fine flavours and tender meat, it’s hard not to. Classic Texas pit BBQ is the style here, which means that the ribs are smoked to perfection. But, they do things a bit differently here. Their peach-glazed baby back ribs are cooked low ‘n slow, just like you like ’em. They peach glaze adds a delectably sweet touch that makes it hard to resist ordering seconds.
The BBQ here is cooked in a 100% post oak and mesquite wood in an offset brick smoker. It adds a unique flavour that personifies South Texas BBQ, making it the perfect pit spot for travellers interested in sampling true local fare. The St. Louis-style spare ribs are easily one of the most flavourful options on the menu, too. They’re incredibly meaty and tender yet browned to perfection on the outside.