San Antonio, TX: Meet the Barbecue Madness Champ

Smoke Shack barbecue truck

By Edmund Tijerina | My San Antonio

Smoke Shack barbecue truck
Smoke Shack barbecue truck

From a field of 32 restaurants, trucks and shacks, the Smoke Shack truck wins the Barbecue Madness tournament.

It prevailed over Augie’s Barbed Wire Smokehouse, 52-48 percent, to take the tournament championship, as decided by reader votes.

The finals match was tight throughout the voting, with Augie’s jumping out to a 55-45 percent lead and then Smoke Shack tying the percentage on Monday evening. Just hours before the noon deadline, Augie’s started to pull ahead but Smoke Shack pulled closer and briefly took the lead.

With about half an hour left in the voting, we decided to extend the deadline to allow the influx of last-minute votes to have a chance. Then the two tied again and Smoke Shack pulled ahead for good.

Smoke Shack’s path proves even more impressive considering that it’s a food truck that parks most often in a parking lot at the intersection of Nacogdoches and Loop 410.

Its path to the finals took it past KHill BBQ, Outlaw BarBQ, Two Bros BBQ and then a narrow win over The Barbecue Station.

Augie’s, at 3709 N. St. Mary’s St., had to make it past an unprecedented overtime matchup, in which it prevailed over Bolner’s Meat Market. Before the semifinal pairing, Augie’s advanced with wins over Texas Brisket BBQ, Big Lou’s Burgers & BBQ and then Heart O’ Texas Barbecue.