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


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…