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Texas Monthly’s Best New BBQ List Shows Lots of Love For Houston

Four Houston spots made the cut

Robert Jacob Lerma for Feges BBQ

Texas Monthly just released a list of the top 25 new barbecue destinations across the state, and four Houston spots made the cut.

The pub releases its coveted collection of the top 50 Texas barbecue joints only every four years (the next list drops in 2021), but this second-ever “midterm” report aims to highlight the latest worthy contenders to enter the state’s crowded meat market.

The four newcomer picks for Houston are:

The pub’s midterm list was last released in 2015 because “the level of activity in the Texas barbecue scene had gotten so intense that it seemed wrong to make readers wait to hear about the worthy rookies until we released our next Top 50 list,” notes the pub.

To qualify, contenders had to have a permanent addresses and regular hours, and only original locations were considered. That means newcomers birthed from existing hot brands, like the new Houston outpost of Brenham’s Truth Barbeque, didn’t make the cut.