In Texas, we LOVE our BBQ and the Gulf Coast Capital is no exception. Grab some grub before heading to the beach at these 6 must-try barbecue joints in Corpus Christi!
Salty Oak BBQ
This Southwestern-style BBQ spot has the locals raving over its signature 2-pound sandwich, The Big Salty. Influenced by the Central Texas region, Salty Oak smokes its meats with minimal rubs in a fire fed with post oak. You can expect to see the labor of love they put into everything from their low and slow smoked BBQ, fresh signature side dishes are made daily and their house BBQ sauce made from scratch.
Hoegemeyer's BBQ Barn
Located in the heart of downtown, Hoegemeyer's BBQ barn is a hometown favorite that's fun for everyone! This eclectic barn serves up traditional BBQ, delicious in-house-made sides, and an eclectic twist on its "sammiches" and atmosphere! Founded in 2013, the family-owned restaurant is housed in a building established prior to 1920 making for a real home-like feel. They take pride in seeing a smile on everyone's face who walks through the door!
Julian's BBQ is as authentic and traditional as it gets! Cooking is an art, and the owner, Julian, understands that creating a masterpiece takes time -- like traveling 7 hours to select the wood used in the pits. The fire in the pit never burns out and the original flame from opening day is STILL burning! Pro tip: the line is totally worth it. Be sure to try the monster beef short rib paired with a Mexican coke.
Right off of Highway 37 is the Bar-B-Q Man restaurant, family-owned and operated for 42 years! This BBQ joint truly represents Texas home cookin' with family-styled vibes. Expect fresh, championship-quality barbecue made with authentic low and slow techniques served family-style so you don’t have to ever worry about leaving hungry! Eating with a big crowd? The Bar-B-Q Man can accommodate any group small or large.
Texas Mesquite BBQ & Grill
Right over the bridge on The Island is where you can find Texas Mesquite BBQ, a BBQ place with a huge variety of dishes! From Texas BBQ to seafood favorites, Texas Mesquite BBQ is the perfect example of Texas Coastal Cuisine. Enjoy melt in your mouth barbecue like slow mesquite-smoked brisket, pulled pork and fall-off-the-bone smoked baby back ribs!
Nueces Brewing Company
Nueces Brewing, located in what used to be an old car dealership in Downtown Corpus Christi is the newest brewery with the oldest soul. In recent years, they've added BBQ to the menu and never looked back! A trip downtown simply isn't complete until you've tried their famous Brisket Nachos. You won't regret it.