Fighting their way to the top: Local barbecue joint becomes first in San Marcos to make Texas Monthly’s Top 50 list

Asenette and Michael Hernandez standing in front of one of their massive barbecue pits cooking brisket at Hays Co. Bar-B-Que off Hunter Rd. They were recently named to Texas Monthly’s Top 50 barbecue joints in the state of Texas (and possibly the world.) (Photo by Kaitlin Schmidt)

Michael and Asenette Hernandez, owners of Hays Co. BBQ, have always been about setting goals. When they worked in “Corporate America” as they call it, both had jobs where they that got to work early and stayed late. There were always new goals to meet and achieve.
Michael’s lifetime aspiration was not just to own a business, but a restaurant.
“I’ve always had a passion for cooking. I can cook any kind of food,” Michael said. “I figured why not put it to use in a restaurant? It was something that I’ve always dreamed about.”

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