Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering

1612 S. IH 35
San Marcos, TX 78666

Phone: 512-392-6000
Hours: Mon-€“Sat 11-€“8
Website: www.hayscobbq.com/

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 the beef rib, jalapeño cheese sausage and pork chop. sausage was great. chop was good. rib was skippable.
Stephen Powell @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering, 2015-02-17 19:56:37
Good brisket and slaw. Always a good sign when the sides are good.
Mark Myers @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que & Catering, 2014-10-21 17:39:02
Turkey was great. Pork chop and broke
John Matteo @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que & Catering, 2014-10-13 17:47:26
Brisket was good; moist and nice smoke ring. Jalapeño sausage delivers. Turkey had nice pepper taste and was incredible. Sides okay but Q delivers all the way. A definite must stop on I-35.
Rahul Yaratha @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que & Catering, 2014-09-07 03:09:06
Traditional Texas BBQ and it's smoked to perfection. Live music on the weekends is a plus
Dylan McShan @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que & Catering, 2014-08-14 03:43:05
Second trip here and boy was it work it. Brisket had a great bark and very moist. Chicken was juicy and seasoned just right!
Craig Crossan @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que & Catering, 2014-07-04 20:41:31
Turkey and Pork Chop were great. Enjoyed live music while we ate. Next time around will try the ribs and brisket. Both look really good.
Craig Crossan @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que & Catering, 2014-06-28 19:16:31
Excellent meat! Brisket has a great bark and smoke ring, and an even better taste! Turkey and sides are great as well! Brisket in the beans!!
Nathaniel Cox @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que & Catering, 2014-06-28 13:07:26
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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…