Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ

307 Royston
Smithville, TX 78957

Phone: 512-237-4244
Hours: Mon-€“Fri 8:30-€“5, Sat 8:30-€“till meat runs out
Website: zimmerhanzelsbarbeque.com

Opened 1980
Pitmaster Bert Bunte (since 1984)
Method Post oak; indirect-heat pit
Pro Tip Thursday, Friday, and Saturday they offer pork butt, which is tender and yielding.

TMBBQ Rating: 4

Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50


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Smoked Beef sausage is fantastic. Some flavor, got some kick and skin crunchy. Not too fatty or greasy like many kielbasa. Moist brisket had good smoke ring and moist. Cole slaw creamy and crunchy. Nothing to complain about. What's even better is the cost. When many charge $20/lb, they are $14/lb. 4.5 out 5
Terry r @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2017-02-15 19:13:26
Their beef sausage is fantastic. Brisket is not too bad either.
Terry r @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2015-03-30 04:41:36
Last sliced brisket sandwich of the day! Great timing - great BBQ!
Hank Mangum @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2015-03-21 19:20:52
Got the fatty brisket, ribs, and a sausage link - was not disappointed. Not as much kick as advertised. Sides were meh. Great Q in small town environment.
Rahul Yaratha @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2015-01-29 20:55:38
Zimmerhanzahls - Smithville Long line, friendly service staff. Great value as I got ribs, brisket and sausage with all sides for only $11. Thick cut slices of brisket isn't particularly flakey and is a smidge dry, but has great flavor. Ribs have a tremendous smooth smokey, peppery flavor...despite being a little chewy were terrific. Sausage is dense and very peppery. Very homemade and unique. Tasty, but not my preference in style. The ribs were outstanding, the rest a bit disappointing. B-
Scott Jarvis @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2014-07-01 11:31:41
Showed up at 2:00 on Saturday afternoon and all they had left was sausage. Really? Sausage was good with meaty texture.
pablobbq @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2013-11-24 18:12:51
Great staff!! We visited on a Thurs afternoon at 1:30. We ordered brisket, both lean and fatty, sausage and ribs. They were out of ribs. The lean brisket was very moist and tender. Seasoning was spot on. The fatty brisket needed to rendered just a bit more. It had a good flavor, but I wanted a little more seasoning. The sausage was delicious. Nice grind and seasoning.
Lisa Moody @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2013-07-11 14:58:25
First time here......sold out of ribs:( had the brisket and sausage. The lean brisket had a GREAT flavor and smoke ring....the fatty could have rendered down a little more.....the sausage really good flavor and a good snap.
scott_moody @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2013-07-11 14:48:07
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May 16, 2013

Only a few folks were eating lunch when we arrived in this small, well-lit room decorated with mounted deer, but since we had seen the massive pits outside and the piles of post oak, we speculated that a good meal was ahead. We were right. The fat on the brisket wasn’t as rendered as it could have been, but the thick cuts had a quarter-inch smoke ring and a rich flavor and didn’t require a…

April 2, 2009

December 23, 2008, to February 5, 2009, were the longest six weeks in the history of Smithville, Texas. This setting for the movie “Hope Floats” was full of folks hankering for Zimmerhanzel’s Bar-B-Que, but their purveyors, Bert and Dee Dee Bunte, had called it quits after years of working the pits. After countless kind words of sadness about their closing, they decided to reopen to the relief of many. When we visited, the restaurant was nearly…