Market Barbecue expanding to San Antonio’s North Side
A barbecue operation that made its San Antonio debut in October already has decided to double down on the market.
Market Barbecue, which first opened on the South Side near the Brooks development a few months ago, is opening a second location on the North Side near the intersection of Bitters Road and U.S. 281. The building used to be a Taco Cabana restaurant, so the kitchen is nearly move-in ready, owners said, and they hope to be open in about two months.
Tony Ramirez Jr., the general manager and pitmaster at Market Barbecue, said the menus at the two locations will be identical.
“We smoke our meats from 12 to 14 hours, and we’ll continue to offer the brisket, ribs, pulled pork and everything else,” Ramirez said. “We smoke with green hickory wood, which makes us a little bit different from most other barbecue operations that are heavy on oak and mesquite.”
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The Market Barbecue menu hits on all the traditional Texas classics, with brisket, turkey, pork spare ribs, pulled pork, chicken and two types of sausage, with prices ranging from $15 to $17 per pound. There is also an extensive sides menu with 13 options.
The new location will be outfitted with a smoker, but because the Brooks location is 5,000 square feet and the Bitters restaurant is closer to 2,500, certain meats like brisket and pulled pork may be cooked at Brooks and transported daily to the new restaurant.
The Brooks location also is undergoing a few changes. It is in the process of adding a full bar and is awaiting final permits before the beer, wine and liquor start to flow.
Market Barbecue also has a location in Laredo.
Market Barbecue, 2707 SE Military Dr., 210-564-9054. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays through Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Online: ilovebigribs.com
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