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$15 for $30 Worth of Barbecue at Abbey’s Real Texas BBQ

Abbey's Real Texas BBQ

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In a Nutshell

The family at this barbecue hotspot cooks beef brisket for 18–24 hours in a cast-iron smoker and makes Texas-style side dishes in-house

The Fine Print

Expires Mar 13th, 2013. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 4 or more. Dine-in only. Not valid for a la carte items (meats by the pound, whole slabs of ribs, or whole chicken) or happy hour. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Barbecuing, like painting, usually entails the use of a brush, a master's touch, and the building anticipation to eat your finished product. Enjoy the Picassos of the pit with this Groupon.

$15 for $30 Worth of Texas-Style Barbecue

The menu includes barbecue sandwiches with chicken or sausage hot links ($6.89), platters with a choice of two meats ($17.99), and pints of housemade coleslaw ($4.95).

Abbey’s Real Texas BBQ

After moving to San Diego in 1987, Matt Shlemon walked into a Texas-style barbecue restaurant, and was floored by the smoky flavor. Convinced that this was the best food he had ever tasted, Matt scribbled a number onto a napkin, offering to buy the restaurant right then and there. The best part? It wasn't even for sale. Regardless, the ensuing hours of negotiations paid off, and the Shlemon family soon found themselves with a Zagat-rated eatery.

To prepare for the monumental task of recreating a region’s iconic cuisine, Matt and his wife, Athena, traveled to roadside barbecue joints throughout Texas to ask patrons for their thoughts. They learned numerous tips and tricks during this sojourn, many of which they incorporated into their business. Abbey’s Real Texas BBQ's signature beef brisket, for example, slow cooks for 18–24 hours inside a hand-built, cast-iron smoker from Texas, which the Shlemons stoke with a mesquite, green oak, and Red Hots, the candies that never stop burning. Elsewhere, they cook the brisket with the fat-cap for holding in the flavor. And, like any good Texan cookbook, the menu makes room for everything from pork spareribs to sausage hot links, as well as housemade side dishes.

The Texan and American flags proudly hang over the counter, and the walls’ collection of longhorn skulls, wooden wagon wheels, and Texas license plates evoke even more of the Lone Star State’s character. Black-and-white checkered cloths adorn each table, helping catch any stray morsels of sauce or homemade coleslaw, and adding to the distinctively down-home ambiance.

The Gist

What some people are buzzing about:


63% of 497 customers recommend

  • “Customer service was fantastic , great employees , fast service and great food.”

  • “Excellent BBQ place run by a very nice family, who gave excellent friendly service ”

  • “years ago there were few restaurants for good bbq and since then it seems Bar-B-Q businesses popped up everywhere, closer to home and work...Real Texas Barbecue has...”

    “years ago there were few restaurants for good bbq and since then it seems Bar-B-Q businesses popped up everywhere, closer to home and work...Real Texas Barbecue has kept the secret of the recipe for delicious-ness, good service and our "go-to" b-b-q place”

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    Abbey's Real Texas BBQ

    6904 Miramar Rd.

    Suite 211

    San Diego, CA 92121


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80% of the people were positive about the Beef Sandwich, most described it as Excellent.
80% of the people were positive about the Slaw, most described it as Yummy.
Many people described the Chips & Salsa as Delicious. Others thought:
+ 88%

  • Delicious
  • Homemade
  • Nice
  • Complimentary
- 12%

  • Unusual