SAN ANTONIO — One family felt there was a lack of places to get family-style servings of barbacoa and other Mexican staples on the north side of San Antonio, so they took matters into their own hands.

Sarah’s Barbacoa opened at 6330 De Zavala Rd in the beginning of 2019 and business has been booming, a sign that other people agreed with them.

The shop is owned by Mike and Irma Hernandez. Their youngest daughter, Sarah, is the “CEO” and the restaurant’s namesake. Her older sister Rebecca, is the manager, and she told us a little bit more about the restaurant, including the mural on the back wall. It’s likely the first thing you see when you walk through the door, and it reads, I love barbacoa so much.

“I would tell my dad, ‘I love you, but I love barbacoa more,’” Rebecca said, smiling. “So, when I would say, ‘I live you so much,’ he would say, ‘Yeah, but you love barbacoa more.’ And I would say ‘yeah.’”

For now, Sarah’s Barabacoa is only open on the weekends. That’s because mom and dad work during the week. Rebecca and Sarah are still in school. The shop is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, but they usually sell out before closing time.

“We do about 300 pounds of barbacoa a weekend,” Rebecca said. “We do about 100 pounds of menudo a weekend, too.”

Barbacoa is sold by the pound or half-pound, along with other favorites like menudo, carne guisada, tamales, fruit cups and assorted sweets.

Of course, a true San Antonian will tell you that you can’t have barbacoa without Big Red, and they have that, too. Rebecca told us they go through 200 bottles of Big Red every weekend. That’s 400 liters, or more than 100 gallons of Big Red!

To find out more about Sarah’s Barbacoa, visit them on Facebook or call
(210) 263-9955 to arrange catering.