San Antonio, Seguin restaurants make list of top 20 ‘new generation’ Texas BBQ spots

2M Smokehouse, Burnt Bean Company praised for brisket, sausage, pork ribs and pork chops

A BBQ plate at 2M Smokehouse. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – Two restaurants from San Antonio and Seguin have been named among the top 20 Texas barbecue eateries from the “new generation,” according to The New York Times.

2M Smokehouse on the Southeast Side and Burnt Bean Company in downtown Seguin made the list that was released this week.

The New York Times said the list includes “new faces of Texas barbecue” that have made the state a food destination. Only eateries open since 2011 were considered in the report.

“The food at each of their restaurants is testimony of an individual Texas experience; together they give voice to a population enriched by waves of new arrivals from other states and countries,” the article states.

2M Smokehouse was called out for its pork ribs, brisket, and “chicharoni macaroni.” David Elder of KSAT’s Texas Eats, who has covered 2M Smokehouse over the years, said the macaroni includes Oaxaca cheese and chicharron.

2M Smokehouse also hand-makes its Oaxaca-style sausage.

The restaurant, located at 2731 South WW White Road, is owned by Esaul Ramos Jr. His wife Grecia makes sweets like cheesecake and pop-tarts.

In Seguin, Burnt Bean’s Ernest Servantes and David Kirkland were praised for their brisket, jalapeño cheddar sausage and bone-in pork chops, which are served on weekends only.

This is just the latest recognition for the chefs, as they were listed as finalists for Best Chef: Texas in the James Beard Awards. That title ultimately went to Benchawan Jabthong Painter, the owner of Thai restaurant Street to Kitchen in Houston, last month.

Burnt Bean’s street corn pudding and peach cobbler were also listed as “what to order.”

The other Texas restaurants that made the list include:

  • Barbs-B-Q in Lockhart
  • Blood Bros. BBQ in Bellaire
  • Brisket & Rice in Houston
  • Charlie’s Bar-B-Que in Beaumont
  • Convenience West in Marfa
  • Distant Relatives in Austin
  • Evie Mae’s Pit Barbeque in Wolfforth
  • Gatlin’s BBQ in Houston
  • Goldee’s Barbecue in Fort Worth
  • Kemuri Tatsu-Ya in Austin
  • LeRoy and Lewis in Austin
  • Pitforks and Smokerings BBQ in Slaton
  • Ray’s Real Pit BBQ Shack in Houston
  • Smoke ‘N Ash Barbecue in Arlington
  • Teddy’s Barbecue in Weslaco
  • Truth BBQ in Brenham and Houston
  • Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ in Buda
  • Vaqueros Bar-B-Q in Grapevine

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