In our Kreuz Market post, we mentioned Rudy’s. Rudy’s is a chain of barbecue joints in South and Central Texas. I think there are three “real” Rudy’s and the rest are franchisees. Frankly I hadn’t tried a franchised Rudy’s until we went camping in New Braunfels. The Rudy’s there met the standards of the “real” Rudy’s close to my home. I enjoyed the brisket, while my wife … who hates Rudy’s for reasons yet to be adequately explained … demolished her baby back ribs.
The real reason for this post is The Granary. The Granary is upscale barbecue. I wish I could go the The Granary more often but its reputation makes it nearly unusable. The great barbecue chef Steve Raichlen placed The Granary in his top 10 barbecue joints in the United States for 2013. The barbecue joint Two Bros is on Raichlen’s list, and I swear I don’t know how that happened. Two Bros is average IMO, and I’ve had it more than once. Anyway, As The Granary is one of the few good barbecue joints in San Antonio, it’s hard to get a seat. If you can’t get a seat, you can’t eat. Then there’s hardly anyplace else to go.
By the way, if you’re in The Granary, try the turkey. It’s the only good commercial barbecue turkey I’ve had. I believe I mentioned this in the previous The Granary post.
We need more good barbecue joints in South Texas, specifically San Antonio. Great Texas barbecue is located east of Austin, in the Lockhart – Luling area. San Antonio? We have The Granary, Rudy’s and that’s about it. If you dare mention Bill Miller’s you can leave this post and this blog forever. I can’t explain why there isn’t more great BBQ around here other than the fact San Antonians like to wait in line.