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Where Houston's Chefs & Industry Types Chow Down On Barbecue

Take advice from some of the best

Joe's Bar-B-Q in Alvin
Joe's Bar-B-Q in Alvin
Amy McCarthy is a staff writer at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

If there's one group of people who always know how to find a great restaurant, its chefs. As such, Eater asked some of Houston's finest chefs, restaurateurs, and industry professionals where they dine when they're in need of something smoky.

Perhaps you'll find a hidden gem, or learn that your favorite barbecue spot is also the favorite of a James Beard winner. Either way, you'll be able to enjoy some of the city's finest (and chef-recommended!) smoked meats, which is always a win.

Claire Smith, Shade & Canopy

"For barbecue near home, we go to Luling City Market on Richmond for great ribs and sauce. Feels like a place out in the country!"

Terry Williams, Anvil Bar and Refuge

"Joe's Barbecue Company in Alvin for a loaded baked potato."

Chris Shepherd, Underbelly

"Gatlin's. Greg is practically family at this point! I love the spare ribs and the sausage.There’s even some Gatlin’s love on the Underbelly website."

Sean Beck, Hugo’s, Caracol and Backstreet Cafe

"It's a great time to be a barbecue lover in Houston with so many options. Here are a few we've enjoyed lately. El Burro and the Bull at The Conservatory. Their turkey was a surprise standout and reminded me I need to be ordering that more often. Brisket tacos are delicious, with a wonderful mix of textures. Bones for having a bar full of dozens of different craft beers 10 feet away.

John Watt, Prego

"I like Goode Co. BBQ!  My friend Levi and his late father, Jim, also a friend and mentor, always do a great job, food is always consistent.  I like the brisket and smoked turkey best!"