Although Texans did not invent the barbecue pit, they did revolutionize its use by discovering meat. Taste the timeless art of Texas-style barbecue with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Texas barbecue at Texas Pride Barbecue in Adkins.
Awarded two ribbons at the Texas Folklife Festival for peach cobbler and brisket sandwiches, Texas Pride Barbecue slow-smokes its multitude of meats with mesquite wood for a dry-rubbed flavor that begs for a dousing in the roadhouse's handmade secret recipe sauces. The menu stains fingers tangy with slow-cooked brisket, baby-back ribs, pork tenderloin, turkey, chicken, and handmade country sausage, all cut and sliced to your liking. Dinners ($8.99–$14.99) come with one to four meat selections and include two homestyle sides, like fresh-cut french fries and slowly stewed pinto beans laced with bacon and onions. Top off your meat-centric meal with a healthy dose of the famous peach cobbler ($3.49), known to drive food critics and fruit bats wild. You can also order any savory meat by the pound, as well as in family or Roman Legion-sized meals, complete with hot and cold side dishes.
Owner Tony Talanco models his nostalgic barbecue joint after his grandfather's 1920s country filling station by stocking the spacious eatery with interesting antique memorabilia such as old juke boxes, gas pumps, undetonated World War I ordnance, and farm equipment. A favorite of both locals and tourists, the family friendly hot spot was recently featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Catch some country music at one of the barbecue joint's weekly events, including bike night on Thursdays and a family friendly fish fry on Fridays.
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives visited Texas Pride Barbeque. The San Antonio Express-News' MySA also featured the restaurant. Twenty-eight Yelpers give it a four-star average, Yahoo! Locals give it a three-star average, and 76% of Urbanspooners recommend it. TripAdvisors give Texas Pride Barbeque an average of three owl eyes.
Texas Pride Barbecue
When Food Network celebrity chef Guy Fieri roams the country in search of down-home eats on his show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, he follows his gut. Rarely, though, does he stumble upon a “culinary compound.” But such was the case when he and his film crew visited Texas Pride Barbecue, where “It’s all about Texas,” as owner Tony Talanco told the San Antonio Express-News.
The haven of Texas-style barbecue juts out from the tall grasses, mesquite trees, and barbecue-sauce waterfalls that fill the surrounding fields. As an old filling station, Tony’s restaurant not only greets guests with the smoky scents of slow-cooked brisket, ribs, and sausage, but also with waves of nostalgia surging from antique gas pumps, jukeboxes, farm equipment, and artifacts from the 1920s through ‘60s that Tony has salvaged. In the kitchen, Tony and his cooks lavish time on their two most popular items: the brisket and the homemade barbecue sauces. After dry rubbing the brisket with seasoning, they cook it for 12 hours in a pit fueled by mesquite wood. This smoky flavor comes to life when dipped in hot or regular sauce, both of which begin with onions caramelizing in bacon fat.
Texas Pride Barbecue continues celebrating its state heritage with live music and special events that include a Bike Night and a fish fry. Such activities may have been part of the reason the San Antonio Express-News declared Texas Pride Barbecue its “Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests”—one of many awards the eatery has racked up.
East Central San Antonio
2980 E Loop 1604
Adkins, Texas 78101Get Directions