Grill this: San Antonio top city for barbecue in US, new study says

Alamo City earned high marks for low prices, large number of barbecue joints

Burnt Bean Co. (Texas Monthly)

SAN ANTONIO – Texans know our state has the best barbecue in the country, and a new study just crowned San Antonio as the best barbecue city.

Excellent quality, low prices and a large number of barbecue joints earned the Alamo City the top spot on the list of 15 best barbecue cities in the U.S.

Real estate company Clever conducted the study. It used data sources like the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Yelp, Google Trends, Kansas City Barbeque Society, American Royal Barbecue Hall of Fame, and

San Antonio was found to have the fourth-most barbecue restaurants per capita than other cities on the list at 4.2 barbecue joints per 100,000 residents. There’s a barbecue restaurant every 4.6 miles, the study found.

Clever also named San Antonio the Cook-Off Capital.

“San Antonio is slated to host four major BBQ competitions over the next 12 months — no other city in our study is hosting more than two,” the study says.

Austin came in at No. 2 on the list for best barbecue cities, followed by San Jose, California and Nashville, Tennessee.

According to Google traffic, San Antonian’s top barbecue search is brisket.


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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.