Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering

1612 S. IH 35
San Marcos, TX 78666

Phone: (512) 392-6000
Hours: Mon-€“Sat 11-€“8, Sun 11-4
Website: www.hayscobbq.com/
Twitter: @Hayscobbq
Facebook: www.facebook.com/HaysCoBBQ/

Opened 2007
Pitmaster Michael Hernandez; Aaron Hernandez (since 2009); and Omar Serna (since 2012)
Method Post oak; indirect-heat pit
Pro Tip The musard sauce is as good as City Market's.

TMBBQ Rating: 4

Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50


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Tried BBQ chicken today. Fantastic. Great smoke and pepper flavor. Having their spicy BBQ sauce which is a mustard base kicks it up a notch. 5 of 5. Cole slaw seems like made yesterday. Still has crunch but discolored, a bit off putting. 2 out 5
Terry r @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering, 2017-02-06 19:30:09
Stopped by for lunch again. Love their full ribs and the brisket had a great bark today. Much props to the carver who gave me the burnt end section.
Woodwill Smokers @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering, 2016-11-14 19:01:21
I love the fact they use a simple pepper rub on there meats. However when you do this I think you need a little more smoke than they had. I had the brisket and pork ribs. I was happy that they serve a full pork rib instead of the St Louis style rib. I feel like I am getting more meat for my money this way. Ribs came off the bone good but I thought they could be a tad more tender. The brisket was a little dry, this could be due to it being on the counter for a while but it had a good flavorful bark. Not bad for San Marcos.
Woodwill Smokers @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering, 2016-10-26 18:20:39
Great pork chop and brisket
David Monasmith @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering, 2016-10-10 16:47:29
Brisket was to fatty. Sausage was good and the ribs were average
ROMAD Zoo @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering, 2015-10-29 15:03:09
Never fails, consistently awesome brisket and moist, juicy turkey thAt lets you really taste the bird with just a hint of smoke and the salt/pepper rub. Really appreciated the pit tour!!
Adam Murray @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering, 2015-09-28 18:20:58
Very good fatty brisket: 4.5/5.0 - good smoke ring, very moist and good flavor. Turkey: 4.0/5.0. Pork ribs: 3.75/5.0. Jalapeno cheddar sausage: 3.5/5.0. Very good service.
Jeff Overton @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering, 2015-08-02 13:53:57
Quite good bbq. Good crust on brisket and beef rib. Brisket -got some burnt ends which were delishous. Crunchy bark, 1/8" smoke ring. Some pepper flakes. Could not decide between two sauces. Both were good. Only thing that would have been good is if fat rendered a little more to give more flavor without tasting fatty. A solid 3.75 out of 5
Terry r @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering, 2015-07-13 18:16:15
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May 16, 2013

Longtime San Marcosans may recall this place as the former home of Woody’s, a barbecue joint that opened in 1984. It was taken over in 2007 by the Hernandez family, and in 2011 they changed the name to Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering. Last we checked, this venue does welcome customers who are not Bobcat fans, but a Bobcat booster would certainly feel at home amid all the Texas State decor. While we waited in…

March 5, 2012

You won’t find it if you’re not looking for it. Hidden at a blind curve a good ways outside of town, and definitely not in view of the Interstate, Hays Co. Bar-B-Que has been flying under the radar. It didn’t help that they’ve already changed names since opening after receiving the dreaded cease and desist for their previous moniker. After lingering here for a bit, it reminded me of Milt’s Pit BBQ just twenty minutes…