Monday, October 13, 2014
The Granary 'Cue & Brew
Amber and I recently did a San Antonio barbecue swing. We had just left Two Bros. BBQ Market and were headed to The Granary 'Cue & Brew next. I have tried some of their items at a couple of events. I had the smoked beef cheek at Live Fire which was out of bounds and the smoked pork belly at the 2014 TMBBQ Fest. The Granary is located in a historical house at the site where the old Pearl Brewery used to be. I liked how the area has been developed because it is vibrant and contemporary. The Granary is actually the only brewery in the location now. Although The Granary only opened a couple of years ago, it did make the Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ list. That has to mean something, right? The Granary 'Cue & Brew is co-owned by the Rattray brothers. Tim is in charge of the 'cue, and Alex is in charge of the brew.
The lunch menu is very different from the dinner menu. It was lunchtime still so we ordered the three-meat plate with moist brisket, pulled pork, and sausage with sides of burnt end beans and coleslaw. I also added a half pound of the ribs. You cannot get the ribs on a plate. The brisket was stellar. It was smoky, tender, and the fat was rendered perfectly. The sweet glazed pork ribs were solid. The flavors were good, and the meat required no effort to pull away from the rib. They make the beef sausage in house. It had a good flavor and grit with the right amount of fat. The casing could barely hold the meat but was chewy though. The pulled pork was succulent with a ton of flavor. The buttermilk coleslaw was crisp and fresh but lackluster. The burnt end beans were tasty and similar to baked beans. The Granary makes their own bread and pickles which adds a nice touch and value. I enjoyed the soft, moist, dense bread. I could have eaten a whole loaf of it with the BBQ.
I love what the Rattray brothers are doing here. It is great place to grab some barbecue or beer or both. The dinner menu is eclectic and strays away from the traditional barbecue you might find. Quail and pork shank are some of the options. It kind of reminds me of Lambert's in Austin. The Granary 'Cue & Brew also has lunch specials that include their housemade pastrami and pastrami beef rib. That sounds wonderful does it not? I was happy with my barbecue experience in San Antonio. I cannot wait to come back to try the other ones out there and stop by The Granary again. Grade: B+
Until next time, happy smoking...
Address: 602 Avenue A, San Antonio, TX 78215
Phone: (210) 228-0124