Looking for the best brisket, sausage, ribs, sides, and sweet tea in town? Check out all your delicious carnivorous options in our Eat BCS Barbecue Guide.
All The King’s Men N. Main St., Downtown Bryan
Barbeque, bourbon, and beer are the house specialties at the new All The King’s Men, now open in Downtown Bryan next door to the Proudest Monkey.
Always Cravin’ Pit BBQ Mobile / Pop Up • 979-204-6222
Always Cravin’ Pit BBQ doesn’t do chopped brisket. Sorry! We do chunks of sliced brisket arranged deliciously on a Hawaiian bun with a touch of their homemade sauce with pickles and onions if you’d like. Come and get you some. They can often be found at New Republic Brewing Company in College Station and Home Sweet Farm in Brenham.
Blue Moon BBQ 18746 Old San Antonio Rd., Hearne, TX • 979-549-4800
Blue Moon BBQ has been serving the Best BBQ on the OSR since 2007! Come visit Rick, Toni, and Matt Moon weekly Wednesday 11-3 Thur-Sat 11-7 and Sun 11-3 for your BBQ guilt trip! Blue Moon is a Texas Monthly Top 50 ‘cue joint worth the drive out to the middle of nowhere. The middle of nowhere is usually somewhere special when you’re in the beautiful Brazos Valley. Only thing that can make one feel more Texan than a drive down OSR on a crisp, sunny day is the smell of smoked meats wafting your way.
BBQ 13-0 at Northgate Church Street & College Main, Northgate (Lunch Only)
13-O BBQ at Northgate is not your typical Texas ‘cue joint. But different is by no means deficient. 13-0 doesn’t do your typical 3 meat plates with 2 sides. They focus on sandwiches. Huge, saucy, perfectly flavor-balanced, sandwiches. The sandwich menu was authored by Peter Madden of Mad Taco and Madden’s fame…and tastes like it! I had the Meatloaf Sandwich and my friend had the Chopped Beef. I ate all of mine because it was so good. My buddy enjoyed his, but had half the sandwich to take home. Big sandwiches!
C & J Barbeque 4304 Harvey Rd., College Station (Original Store) • 979-776-8969
105 Southwest Parkway, College Station, TX • 979-696-7900
1010 South Texas Ave., Bryan, TX • 979-822-6033
The story of how C & J Barbeque got started is interesting. In 1981, Chip and Jo Manning bought a convenience store down on Harvey Road near Highway 30. Chip sold gas, cigarettes, beer, and soda. He also put in a barbeque pit. At the start, Chip sold an average of 20 pounds of meat per day. People started coming by for gas and a sandwich. The food started to get more and more popular. Now they have three locations, a banquet facility, and a catering operation that can feed tens of thousands anywhere in Texas.
DBQ Barbecue & Catering 123 Walton Dr., College Station, TX • 512-925-6909
Love Love Love DBQ BBQ (formerly Lew’s BBQ…same owner) in the Smokin’ (literally smokin’…there’s a bqq pit on board) Red Trailer at Eastgate! Had the pulled pork taco, brisket and sausage and it was all divine! Love that the young entrepreneur who runs the place gives 10% of profits back to the community and builds awareness of the community organizations he’s supporting in the process. He’s open daily for lunch on weekdays at Eastgate across from A&M and his big red bbq trailer can be found at local events too.
Fargo’s BBQ 1701 S. Texas Avenue • 979-778-3662
Fargo’s Pit BBQ recently moved South on Texas Avenue in Bryan, again, to the former Barnhill’s Buffet location. Fargo’s is a well known local establishment that has also gained statewide recognition as one of Texas Monthly’s Top 50 BBQ joints in the state. Despite the new digs, Fargo’s brisket, sausage and sides lived up to their reputation on our recent visit. The brisket was perfectly cooked with a flavorful rub creating a nice outer shell that sealed in all the good juices, making it moist and tender. There was a “different” quality about the sauce I couldn’t put my finger on…maybe a touch more vinegar than typical…not sure…but it was goooooood!
The Firebox Grill 112 Eloise St., Caldwell, TX
Ribs, brisket, and indulgent sides are making good bull about The Firebox Grill spread like wildfire.
Good Bull BBQ 326 George Bush Dr., College Station, TX
Former Yell Leader Roy May and crew started Good Bull BBQ because they love barbecue and we want to change the world! Now you can too! They provide a meal for the less fortunate for every meal they sell. Feed yourself, feed the world, now that’s GOOD BULL!
J. Cody’s Steaks & BBQ 3610 S. College Ave., Bryan, TX • 979-846-2639
J. Cody’s Steaks and Barbeque Restaurant in Bryan/College Station, Texas is a little different than most steak and BBQ eateries. Most great steak and barbeque places are well known for either serving great steaks or great barbeque but not both. J. Cody’s serves both tender juicy steaks and mouth watering smoked barbeque.
Kreuz Market – Bryan 768 North Earl Rudder Fwy., Bryan, TX • 979-704-6147
Originally based in Lockhart, TX, with a second location locally stationed in Bryan, TX, Kreuz Market has expanded its market to better serve the Brazos Valley and surrounding areas for Catering, Events, and a great everyday restaurant experience.
Lee’s Landing 313 West Cameron St., Rockdale, TX
If you’re wondering what the full parking lot morning, noon and night at Lee’s Landing on Cameron Avenue in Rockdale is all about, we can tell you… It’s about great food! The Milam County Times recently stopped in for dinner. The 3 meat barbecue plate with brisket, ribs, and sausage with sides of beans and potato salad were exemplary! They knocked it out of the park! The service and atmosphere were excellent as well. They have a really nice outdoor patio space and a tasteful Texas and Milam County decor theme throughout.
Lone Oak BBQ 1818 Smetana Rd., Bryan, TX • 979-820-0370
Lone Oak is open Thursday through Sunday until sold out. Call 979-820-0370 to place your order before heading there.
Martin’s Place 3403 S. College Ave., Bryan, TX
Martin’s Place has been serving Real Brick Pit BBQ Since 1925.
Matus Pit BBQ Buck and Hill St., Downtown Caldwell • 979-567-3666
Only open on weekends, Matus Pit BBQ is well worth the countryside drive to Caldwell for many Brazos Valley residents.
Norm’s Smokewagon Pit BBQ Mobile BBQ Trailer in Bryan and College Station
Norm’s Smokewagon Pit BBQ started up in Bryan a few months ago. They are a BBQ trailer with smoker-on-board and are already attracting a loyal local following.
Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q 504 Harvey Road, College Station, TX
Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q is a popular Texas BBQ chain. Known for consistent quality, fast service, tasty sides, and a sauce that’s BOSS!
Smokin’ Oak Bar B Que 227 E. Avenue C, Milano, TX
The brisket is smoked in a pit out back and is perfectly moist. Melted in my mouth. The sauce is a little sweet, but it has a nice kick and I loved it. The sausage, made by local company in Caldwell, was perfectly flavorful and spicy. Perfectly prepared and fresh, not dried out because it was the end of the day. They seem like one of the busier places on Highway 79 and the menu is very simple, so the food is likely fresh daily. Tasted like it. If you’re on the road to Rockdale, make a “pit stop” in Milano, TX. Your belly will be glad you did.
Snow’s BBQ 516 N. Main St., Lexington, TX
Snow’s BBQ is only open on Saturdays. We arrived at 6:40 in the morning and were around 30th in line. By the time they opened at 8am, we couldn’t see the back of the line. We were told they sell around 1500 lbs of brisket alone every Saturday. We could taste why! The brisket and sausage alone are worth braving the line. There’s usually a free keg going in the line too, so the wait isn’t all bad.
Tin Shak BBQ 1500 Highway 21, Caldwell, TX • 979-567-0099
“Tin Shack BBQ brings the very best that Texas has to offer when it comes to world class barbecue.” C.W. Haynes, Pitmaster
Truth BBQ 2990 Hwy 290 West, Brenham, TX • 979-830-0392
Eat BCS Pro Tip: Be sure to call ahead and order, especially to the smaller and Top 50 places, if you’re planning on arriving late in the day. Many ‘cue local joints close shop for the day when they sell out of meat.