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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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
I'm so lucky that I live just 8 miles down the road from Zimmerhanzel 's. I get several pounds of the ribs, sausage, and brisket at least twice a month and make it last all weekend. The chicken is also good. Get there early or you will miss out on the ribs.
Richard Smarzik @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2013-07-05 15:37:50
Bert is a machine. He literally does everything. Try the sausage.
Robert Lerma @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2013-06-28 19:07:08
Good brisket, sausage and ribs
John Brotherton @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2013-06-14 11:24:18
Took my motorcycle ride group here Saturday. Finally, a BBQ lunch that was almost as good as the ride itself. Two meats (weighed in at 3/4#) for $8.13 which was a mountain of Q. Brisket was cooked to my personal preference and sausage was as good as I've had recently. Only peeve I could come up with is that the brisket was sliced too thick.
oldgringo @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2012-11-18 14:09:26
Nothing special when it comes to atmosphere but food is fantastic. Brisket is always just right.
bob_monroe @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2012-11-17 23:11:44
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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…