Sunday, March 14, 2010

Grady's Bar-B-Q

SAN ANTONIO: Grady's Bar-B-Q
327 E. Nakoma

San Antonio, TX 78216

Open M-Thur 10:30-9, F-Sat 10:30-10, Sun 10:30-8

Grady's is a San Antonio chain much like Bill Miller, it just has 60 fewer locations. They've been serving BBQ since my mama was born in 1948, but this location is crisp, clean and new. They smoke with all post oak. I don't know what kind of smoker they use, but they definitely are adept with the salt shaker.

A three-meat platter was cheap (under $10) and plentiful. The okra was crispy and perfectly fried, and the potato salad was a step above grocery store grade. Ribs were firm and heavily rubbed. The meat beneath the salty rub was so white it looked like, and almost tasted like chicken with little smoke flavor. Brisket had about the same level of smoke, and the slices were a bit tough. The meat tasted like well salted roast beef. Sausage was basically Eckrich with a fine grind and fatty salty filler. Again, it had little smokiness. This is the place to go if you prefer a light smoky flavor to your meat, you just need to have a taste for plenty of salt as well.

Rating **

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Xilia Faye said...

None of the other Gradys do meat like the one on fredricksburg rd. Less salt more flavour.

Anonymous said...

I concur. No Grady's is spectacular, but the one on Fredericksburg Rd. is definitely the best.

Anonymous said...

I would have agreed with you if I didn't go there again over this past weekend. That location has changed whatever BS they were trying to pull before and the meat was delicious. I would give it another shot.


Each joint is judged on the essence of Texas 'cue...sliced brisket and pork ribs. Sausage is only considered if house made. Sauce is good, but good meat needs no adornment to satisfy. Each review can only be based on specific cuts of meat on that particular day. Finally, if the place fries up catfish or serves a caesar salad, then chances are they aren't paying enough attention to the pits, so we mostly steered clear.