Best BBQ in Houston?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by meatpie, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. meatpie

    meatpie Newbie

    I'm going to have a full day layover in Houston Texas and want some good, authentic Texas BBQ. Not from a chain but from a mom and pop BBQ pit that only uses long slow all stick fire smoke. I'm looking for the place that the locals go to. I appreciate any and all suggestions. Thanks.
  2. Meatpie [​IMG]

    When you get a chance will you drop by roll call and update your info. That way we can all give you a proper SMF welcome.

    Happy smoken.

  3. I have a friend that traveled to Houston today and asked me this very questions. So what's the answer? Best BBQ in Houston. Where the locals go
  4. meatpie

    meatpie Newbie

    Connoisseur I'm confused if that was an answer or a question!? I only have one day in Texas and in my opinion nothing is worse than being disappointed with new BBQ. My short dining time in Memphis was greatly enhanced when the locals recommended the BBQ spots that they went to. I'm hoping for the same luck in Houston.
  5. C'mon folks;  We gotta have a member in that area!  Some 1 who can give these folks  SOME info,
  6. dls1

    dls1 Smoking Fanatic

    I don't live in Houston but I get there frequently for business and may be able to offer some suggestions. First, it would helpful to know what area of Houston you'll be in during your stay. Houston is the 4th largest city in the country with a land mass of around 600 square miles. By comparison, Chicago, the 3rd largest, has a land mass of around 225 square miles. Also, it would be helpful to know what day of the week you'll be there as many of the types of places you're looking for are only open a few days a week.

    When most folks refer to "Authentic Texas BBQ" their generally referring to the BBQ found in central Texas in towns such as Lockhart, Luling, etc. The BBQ traditions in that part of the State are an offshoot of the Germans who immigrated there in the late 1800s. Houston, in the Southeastern part of the State, developed from totally different demographic roots. The BBQ in Houston is more along the lines of traditional Southern BBQ rather than the BBQ found in the central part of the State.

    As far as recommendations are concerned, first, avoid Goode Company BBQ and Pappas BBQ. They both fit the description of the type of place you said you didn't want to go to.

    A short list of some places that I think might fit your criteria, the items that I've had and enjoyed, and the general location relative to downtown Houston,are as follows:

     - Gatlin's - Ribs

     - Pierson's & Co. - Pork butt

     - Burns BBQ - Ribs

     - Virgies - Brisket

    All the above are located in various parts of Northwest Houston. Another spot, in Southwest Houston, known as Luling City Market, does a pretty decent job replicating the BBQ of central Texas, but my experience there with brisket has been hit or miss. Also, it's not a mom and mom place and is located adjacent to an upscale shopping mall, The Galleria.

    Enjoy your trip.
    Last edited: Jun 29, 2013
  7. Hello dls1.  Glad you could offer some help to our new member.  If you're not from Texas you have some great knowledge of the Que background as your descriptions were spot on.  I was kind of lost because as you said  where in Houston?  I haven't been there in a while also.  Daughter lives north of the city in Cleveland so I thought to ask but he may be around Hobby.  Oh well.  At least he now has some options.  Sorry for the hi-jack,  I'll shut up now.  Have a safe journey my friend.  Hope you find some great food.  Keep Smokin!

  8. meatpie

    meatpie Newbie

    Thanks for the suggestions everybody.As fate would have it I ended up missing a day in Houston and ultimately a chance to sample its BBQ. However, the next time I'm in Houston I have a couple of places to start. Thanks.
  9. frosty

    frosty Master of the Pit

    Meatpie,  Welcome!

    Tthere are currently 314 reasons to visit Houston.  Each is a BBQ restaurant.

    Some of the great ones.

    529 BBQ

    Bakers RIbs

    Cutten Rd. BBQ to go

    Goode Company Texas BBQ

    Hinze's BBQ

    The swinging door BBQ

    That should give you a good start.  Some of them close early, or sell out.

    Good luck!

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