Barbecue is serious business in Texas. As certain as other states are that they know what makes great ‘cue, we’re even more certain that we do. Corpus Christi, like any self-respecting Texas locale, has more than its share of spots to go when you’re craving slow-smoked meats and all the fixin’s. And no matter what your favorite go-to barbecue restaurant is, you won’t regret having more to add to your list of options. Here are a few favorites that you’ll surely want to taste your way around.
Hoegemeyer’s BBQ Barn
Boasting of a simple, Southern Texas mesquite approach to barbecue, Hoegemeyer’s is a Corpus Christi staple located in a 90-year-old warehouse at 711 Concrete Street. Low and slow is the way they smoke their meats, and the results are irresistible whether you choose brisket, ribs, sausage, or pork. If you really want to treat your taste buds, order the Po’Boy, which piles a soft hoagie bun full of three different meats! The food at Hoegemeyer’s is as fresh as it gets – served up every day and sold until it’s gone.
The pit fire is always burning at this Corpus Christi barbecue joint, located at 1818 Baldwin Boulevard and still feeding the original flame from opening day. Family-owned and proud of it, Julian’s serves up heaping helpings of delicious chopped beef, pulled pork, jalapeno sausage, and chicken. Beyond the tasty traditional menu, however, Julian’s also offers weekly specialties like Turkey Thursday and Fajita Friday. Home-style sides include rice, beans, potato salad, and coleslaw.
A modest but must-try nearby spot is Sam’s BBQ, which can be found at 15801 Northwest Boulevard in Robstown. The menu features all of your traditional favorite meats plus some – like ham, turkey legs, and chicken salad – that you can’t get at just any barbecue eatery. In fact, the chicken salad is one of their top-selling items. Homemade sides include broccoli salad, potato salad, Tex Mex rice, and green beans. Everything on the menu is made fresh daily.
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