Corkscrew BBQ's got an idyllic setting and tasty meats.
Killen's BBQ expertly blends barbecue and Tex-Mex — Houston's two greatest loves.
Killen's BBQ brings brisket tacos to the table.
Feges BBQ brings the healthy to barbecue goodness.
Patrick Feges and Erin Smith have Houston hospitality backgrounds that stretch way back.
The Pit Room cooks up smokin' good barbecue.
Killen's Barbecue still brings it. (Photo by Kimberly Park)
The Pit Room takes frito pie to new heights.
Truth BBQ is open at long last.
With this Truth BBQ invasion, The Heights is one lucky neighborhood.
CorkScrew BBQ brings delicious flair to Old Town Spring.
CorkScrew's got all you could ever want.
Pappa Charlies BBQ is thriving in its new digs.
Pappa Charlies BBQ lives up to the hype.
Gatlin's BBQ is treasured for a reason.
Have you ever seen ribs quite like Gatlin's?
Triple J's has the most meats in Northeast Houston.
Triple J's has doubled down on the double decker sandwich.
Blood Bros. BBQ keeps it real with these peanut butter sticky ribs.
Blood Bros. BBQ brings the best of Asian flair.
Pinkerton's Barbecue boasts quite the spread.
Pinkerton's barbecue sandwich is a beauty.
Reveille Barbecue in Magnolia is big into pepper, whether you're talking brisket, beef ribs or turkey.
Texas is a tough state — one you definitely don’t want to mess with. Especially not when it comes to its signature cuisines, which Texans treasure above all else. You’d better bite your tongue before ever saying a word about our Tex-Mex — or even worse, our barbecue.
Barbecue is a point of pride in the Lone Star State, with each and every joint entrusted with the noble honor of trying to elevate a holy staple. And the uber-successful ones even put new twists on old classics.
The Houston smoked meat scene has been seriously heating up over the last few years, with more and more joints getting national notice.
If you’re not quite sure where to start, don’t worry. PaperCity’s new list of Houston’s Top 10 Barbecue Spots covers the entire Bayou City region, from Montrose to Cypress and beyond. These are hands-down, barbecue must visits.
But don’t take our word for it. Head out for your own adventure — and make sure you get there early before these hotspots start selling out of their mighty meats.
110 South Heights Boulevard
January 20th, 2019 was the moment of truth — the very day hotly anticipated Truth BBQ threw open its doors. The cherished Brenham smokehouse had arrived after an almost two-year wait, and it didn’t disappoint.
Throngs of barbecue lovers flocked to the spot, especially since the original joint had landed a Top 10 ranking in Texas Monthly’s Top 50 Barbecue Joints list. They waited in long lines to sink their teeth into spare ribs, 18-hour smoked brisket, house-made sausage and pulled-to-order Duroc pork. And Houston’s barbecue scene has never been quite the same.
3 Greenway Plaza
This hidden food court barbecue wonderland made a splash as soon as it opened, thanks to its combo of mighty meats and innovative, even healthy sides dishes.Who had ever seen a pile of ribs flanked with Moroccan spiced carrots and sweet potato and banana mashers before?
Feges’ acclaim has spread far beyond the Houston area. The joint snagged a spot on Texas Monthly’s Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas as well. It’s no wonder Feges regularly sells out of its smoked meats and vibrant veggies in its untraditional Greenway Plaza locale.
The Pit Room
1201 Richmond Avenue
Central Texas-style cookin’ springs to life at this Montrose mainstay. The pint-sized Pit Room is as rustic as it gets, drawing crowds of the hungry and hangry alike to its cozy patio.
Wind your way through the line to get your tray, weighed down with hefty helpings of pork ribs, brisket and an array of house-made sausages — Czech-style beef, jalapeno cheddar pork and black pepper garlic venison. Make sure you stay for the loaded Frito pie, piled high with your choice of chopped beef or pulled pork.
Blood Bros. BBQ
5425 Bellaire Boulevard
This Bellaire barbecue hot spot unsurprisingly made the cut for Texas Monthly’s Top 25 New Barbecue Joints in Texas. Just a few meats in, you’ll find the flavors that truly make this place a standout — with Asian and Cajun at the forefront. Like Chinese-spiced brisket fried rice, green curry boudin and smoked turkey banh mis.
You can take it all in at a picnic table on the patio, your own little slice of barbecue heaven, even though you’re surrounded by strip malls. Brothers Robin and Terry Wong, plus pitmaster Quy Hoang, definitely keep things interesting. And always have — Chris Shepherd himself invited Hoang to spice things up at a barbecue pop-up behind Underbelly back in the day.
1504 Airline Drive
It doesn’t get more classic than Pinkerton’s Barbecue, a home away from home for all of you out there salivating over barbecue just like your grandpa used to make it. That is, if your grandpa cooked on offset wood-burning pits.
Pinkerton’s blend of sun-dried mesquite and aged post oak yields delicious results, from prime brisket to glazed and dry pork ribs. The sides are so good — think duck jambalaya and homemade cole slaw — that you’ll want to take them home with you. No worries, you certainly can.
3510 Ella Boulevard
What does the average Houstonian have in common with the cast of The Real Housewives of Atlanta? An undying love for Gatlin’s BBQ — and honestly, hopefully nothing else. The divas hit up the barbecue classic in January of 2018, unable to resist brisket fries and smoked corn.
Gatlin’s has truly blown up, moving from its set-up in a modest home to its shining space with 4,000-plus square feet. All the better for ordering up crazy-good baby back ribs, fried catfish and more. Come for the much-deserved hype, stay for the lemon butter pound cake.
Triple J’s Smokehouse BBQ
6715 Homestead Road
Northeast Houston noms are satisfied — and then some — at Triple J’s, which has been proudly serving Space City since 1994. And it’s not just the tasty smoked meats that make this place a winner. Think burgers and potatoes galore.
What’s better than a slab of ribs and a half-chicken? Not much, but a double decker sandwich with big mac and beef and bread in the middle, a sausage mashed potato and bacon cheddar burger might just be the answer.
26608 Keith Street
CorkScrew out in Old Town Spring is notorious for their heir goodies selling out consistently, so you’d better get there early and perhaps wait in a 30 or more minute line to savor the moist, tender brisket and jalapeno pork sausage. Serving wine, beer and cider to accompany your plate of expertly smoked meats, the whole CorkScrew experience is A+.
The melt-in-your-mouth meats are more than worth a half hour in line. Tangy barbecue sauce and that smoke ring flavor truly make for an authentic Lone Star State barbecue experience.
Pappa Charlies Barbeque
26510 Hempstead Road
You may have to trek out to Cypress to try out Pappa Charlies, but once you bite into the mouth-watering boudin, turkey breast and pork ribs, you’ll be in such a daze you’ll have forgotten you even drove out there.
The new digs are the perfect setting to tuck in and take it all in, starting with a local craft brew and maybe even skillet brisket queso or the chicken Diablo, wrapped in grilled bacon and topped with raspberry chipotle sauce.
3613 East Broadway Street
This Pearland barbecue paradise wows over and over again, thanks to Ronnie Killen’s mix of smoked meats and Tex-Mex staples. Sure, you can get a kick-ass pound of bone-in beef short rib or a three-meat plate with pulled pork, and more, but that’s just the tip of the barbecue iceberg.
Think barbecue brisket tacos, chicken fried ribeyes, smoked short rib tamales and beyond. And if you happened to bring a guest who may not be into that barbecue life — not that we could ever understand why — there’s even a stellar Caesar salad on the menu.