Hays Co. Bar-B-Que
We picked up the kids from Abuela and Abuelo in San Marcos - and decided to hit Hays Co while we were in the area!
1612 S Interstate 35
San Marcos, TX 78666
#8 on the TX BBQ Passport
Great news - they are now opened on Sunday, so you won't accidentally only want it on Sunday now!
Normal menu of BBQ items.
After we ordered, another couple came in with their BBQ Passport - we are seeing at least a few people every time we go out with one.
And right before we left, someone came in with about three cameras for two people and went behind the counter to take pictures. One could say he's a more serious BBQ blogger than myself -- or you could say that I like to do my reviewing incognito.
Side are in a fridge off to the side. There weren't a ton of sides - most notably, there was no macaroni and cheese, which the kids were disappointed in. There are free beans, which were incredible. They are in a pot to the left of the register - you can see them in this photo. Don't wander off without them!
Again, I love being able to see your lunch getting ready right in front of you!
The interior is very truck stop BBQ joint with picnic tables and beer signs.
Outside had a seating area and playground. It looked super cool.
It was closed the day we went. :(
We ordered brisket (lean and moist), regular sausage, and turkey. My son is obsessed with cole slaw so we ordered it for him. I was sad that they did not cut the sausage, which is my new favorite thing.
The brisket was good - tender and good rendered fat. It was a very thin bark, and I like a very barky bark. I noticed when I was watching them cut the brisket that they cut off some of the bark off of the top of the brisket before slicing it -- I don't know if that's normal, but my heart broke a little bit as it looked delicious.
The sausage was great and I inhaled it. My daughter loved the turkey, which I found to be good.
There were two barbecue sauces, they were fine. I didn't use them (didn't need them). The kids LOVED them, and made smiley faces with the sauce on the bread and ate them. They've been largely indifferent to the sauces so far, so this was a raving review. My son again requested orange Fanta (still no idea where he got this drink request from, but he's committed and tried to buy some at Target the other day), which they didn't have, but I introduced him to Root Beer, which he found acceptable.
On the effort scale, this was a great BBQ joint with little to no wait and great food. If you are in the area, you should definetly check it out.