It’s summer in Houston, and that means it’s barbecue season. Of course, barbecue season is pretty much year-round in Texas. Still, if you’re in the mood for something grilled, smoked, or drenched in sweet, tangy barbecue sauce, take a look at our list of the best BBQ places in Houston.
Best BBQ Restaurants, Houston (TX)
CorkScrew BBQ is a small smokehouse and restaurant known for its quaint charms, messily delicious barbecue sandwiches, and high-quality smoked meats. The husband-and-wife-run barbecue shop also boasts in-house cobblers, sides, and sauces.
Where: 26608 Keith St, Spring, TX 77373
Gatlin’s BBQ serves up St. Louis style barbecue at its finest. The small family-run shop is best known for its spare ribs, which you can order by the rack. The menu also covers everything Southern cooking has to offer, including gumbo, dirty rice, and fried okra.
Where: 3510 Ella Blvd Bldg C Ste A, Houston, TX 77018
Considered one of the best BBQ places in Houston, Pinkerton’s Barbecue is known for its glazed pork ribs, boudin, and smoked brisket. Everything, including the blueberry cobbler, is made from scratch daily. The restaurant has been featured on Texas Monthly’s Top 50 BBQ Joints list.
Where: 1504 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009
Roegels Barbecue Co.
Roegels Barbecue Co. is a family-run restaurant that serves up tasty barbecue staples like smoked sausage, barbecue chicken, and mac ‘n’ cheese. The shop also offers standout options like the overstuffed Reuben, smoked pork belly, and a rich bourbon banana pudding.
Where: 2223 S Voss Rd, Houston, TX 77057
The Pit Room
In a combination no Houstonian can resist, the Pit Room brings together both barbecue and tacos. You can choose from beef and pork ribs, tacos (both breakfast and otherwise), smoked sausage, pulled pork, and venison. For your sides, you can have barbecue standbys like coleslaw and mac n’ cheese or Mexican options like elote and charro beans. It’s a match made in Tex-Mex heaven.
Where: 1201 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006
Feges BBQ is another BBQ place run by a married couple, although not in a charming, offbeat smokehouse location. Feges is based in the Greenway Plaza food court and serves only breakfast and lunch during the workweek. The owners do occasionally pop up to do special events over the weekends, though, so keep an eye out for that. The food court BBQ restaurant is best known for serving pig wings and beef belly burnt ends, alongside the usual barbecue meats. They also take an experimental approach to barbecue sides with Moroccan-spiced carrots, elote corn salad, and Indian-inspired coleslaw.
Where: 3 Greenway Plaza Suite C-210, Houston, TX 77046
If you’re looking to try some Tennessee barbecue, you should check out Fainmous. The couple that runs the restaurant got their inspiration from the hickory smoke barbecue of Knoxville. Vinegar-heavy sauces go well with pulled pork, ribs, and smoked whole chicken, naturally, but there’s something else that sets Fainmous apart. The barbecue restaurant also has some of the best vegan and vegetarian barbecue options in Houston, including chickpea salad, BBQ cauliflower, and spinach casserole. You may have to order in advance, but if you have dietary restrictions, this may be a good barbecue option for you.
Where: 1201 Oliver St #50, Houston, TX 77007
Killen’s Barbecue usually has a decently long line out front for a reason—it’s tasty. It’s set up cafeteria-style, so you can grab a tray and pick out what you’d like. Top picks include the tender brisket, massive beef ribs, and pork belly burnt ends. As for sides, you can’t go wrong with the potato salad, creamed corn, or bread pudding.
Where: 3613 E Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77581
Truth BBQ got its start in Brenham, TX before moving into Houston and spreading the wealth that is slow-cooked brisket. You may have to face long lines to get your hands on juicy pulled pork, ribs, and sausage, but it’s sure to be worth it. Just remember to save room for the sides; they’re a standout for the barbecue restaurant. It may be hard to choose between corn pudding, bootlegger beans, or tater tot casserole, or when it comes time for dessert, banana caramel, triple chocolate, or coconut cream cake.
Where: 110 S Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
Harlem Road Texas BBQ
Meat is center stage at this no-frills barbecue restaurant. Harlem Road Texas BBQ puts the emphasis on high-quality smoked brisket, chicken, pork, and sausage by slow-cooking the meat over aged wine barrels. The chef, Ara Malekian, infuses all his food with flavor using fat drippings and homemade butter and bacon. While the shop is one of the best BBQ places in Houston, it is rustic and small—essentially a shack—and the food sells out fast.
Where: 9823 Harlem Rd, Richmond, TX 77407
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