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Feges is a Houston barbecue mainstay.
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21 Essential Houston Barbecue Joints

Where to worship at the church of smoked meats with juicy brisket, massive beef ribs, snappy sausages, and so much more

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Feges is a Houston barbecue mainstay.
| Julie Soefer Photography

Over the past couple of years, Houston has established its very own barbecue identity. Alongside the state’s vaunted establishments like Snow’s and Kreuz Market, Space City’s smokehouses are better than ever, which means that barbecue enthusiasts don’t have to look far for a solid plate of brisket or perfectly tender ribs.

Whether the occasion calls for perfect house-made sausage or the most succulent fatty brisket, these 18 purveyors of smoked delights will surely satisfy.

This list has been updated to include even more blissful barbecue options, including Flossie’s Barbecue and The Smoke in Finn Hall.

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Tejas Chocolate & BBQ

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The real question here is why nobody ever thought to put Texas barbecue and specialty chocolate under the same roof before. This barbecue spot boasts a solid menu of classics, but also ventures outside of the box with its offerings. Try a brisket-topped wedge salad or smoked turkey sandwich with avocado and fried egg. On the side, try the carrot souffle and cornbread pudding, then grab some chocolate truffles on the way out.

CorkScrew BBQ

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Just a short drive outside of Houston proper, in Old Town Spring, is Corkscrew BBQ, a smokehouse as charming as its surroundings. Prime brisket, pulled pork, turkey and link sausage are all killer choices, as is the Bobert sandwich, piled high with the customer’s choice of meats and green chile ranch dressing. For a huge undertaking, go for the Whole Hog, a massive sandwich topped with pulled pork, sausage, and a rib or two. 

Sliced brisket.
Family-owned CorkScrew BBQ cooks its meats on red oak only.
CorkScrew BBQ

Lonestar Sausage & BBQ

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Launched by a former Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy, this barbecue joint serves up brisket, chicken, and pork ribs with a side of old-fashioned barbecue, but its forte is sausage. Specializing in different housemade links to satisfy your sausage lust, choose from the East Texas-style link, the Central Texas-style beef-and-pork sausage, and the jalapeno-cheese variety, and leave happy.

Burns Original BBQ

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Earning a seal of approval from knowledgeable eaters like the late Anthony Bourdain and Slim Thug, Burns Original BBQ serves up ribs, brisket, chicken links, housemade sausage, and more smoky proteins. Don’t skimp on side options like dirty rice and potato salad.

Gatlin's BBQ

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Gatlin’s BBQ serves up St. Louis-style ribs, classic brisket smoked to perfection, and plenty more meaty delights. Try the pastrami turkey sandwich, the smoked chicken wings slathered in Thai chili or raspberry-habanero sauce, and Cajun-style dirty rice. Stopping in for lunch? The baked potatoes here are legendary.

Feges BBQ Spring Branch

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As solid as the brisket, sausage, and pulled pork are at this Spring Branch location, the sides at Feges BBQ are truly standout. Starting at $5 each, elote corn salad, spiced cracklins, pimento mac and cheese, and more stunners await. The Carolina-style whole hog with cracklin’ mop sauce, and charred coleslaw on top of hog fat cornbread will have you bragging to your friends out of state, as will its expansive menu, featuring a boatload of sandwiches, finger foods, a large selection of wine and beer, and $10 frozen margaritas. Top it off with “sweets,” like a scoop of Big Red ice cream, or a banana caramel cream pie.

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Whole hog platter at Feges BBQ.
Julie Soefer

Flossie's Barbecue

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A proud proponent of food and football, this East-style Texas barbecue joint is the perfect spot to down some barbecue while talking about the love of the game. Go for a Sack sandwich, stuffed with chopped beef or sausage; a Playoff meat plate with sides; or its Touchdown barbecue baked potatoes, which are loaded with your choice of sausage, ribs, or tender brisket and then topped with cheese, green onions, and sour cream. Sides are also a win, with barbecue beans and potato salad, available daily. For a full experience, visit on the weekends when their brisket dirty rice, greens, and candied yams are on the menu.

Pinkerton's Barbecue

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Find perfectly smoked Prime brisket, boudin, juicy chicken, and glazed pork ribs at this smokehouse helmed by pitmaster Grant Pinkerton. Don't get too stuffed on meats, though — the sides like the cheesy jalapeno rice and duck jambalaya are as compelling as the proteins.

Brett's BBQ Shop

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Billed as one of the top 50 barbecue joints in Texas, this Katy stalwart holds its own with oak-smoked Central Style barbecue. Pair the moist fatty brisket, pork belly burnt ends, juicy pork ribs, or smoked brisket enchiladas smothered in a creamy gravy, with epic sides like loaded mac and cheese, cilantro-jalapeno slaw, and pinto beans. Depending on the day, you might find a new special, like a brisket banh mi, or the beef cheek confit.

Fainmous BBQ

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Tennessee-style barbecue doesn’t get a whole lot of play in Texas, but Fainmous does it right. Smoked chicken wings, turkey legs, and rib tips meet traditional offerings like brisket, pulled pork, and link sausage. Try the most-excellent rib tips sandwich if meats by the pound don’t appeal, and be grateful that the killer coleslaw is technically a vegetable. 

Truth BBQ

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At this Brenham export, pitmaster Leo Botello IV has brought a taste of the Hill Country to Houston. Fill a tray with succulent brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, and sausage, or visit on Sundays for its fried chicken. Then, make the tough decision of choosing a few sides, which include its popular tater tot casserole and corn pudding. Try to save room for a towering slice of banana caramel or coconut cream cake.

Henderson & Kane General Store

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Part restaurant, part market, Henderson & Kane is known for its support of local purveyors with well-stocked shelves of dried snacks, jams, salsas, and more, but don’t leave without sampling its barbecue. Glass cases reveal cuts from 44Farms, and you can choose from pork ribs and brisket by the pound, boudin and sausage by the link, and sides like ranchero beans and cream corn.

The Smoke

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One of Finn Hall’s newest vendors, The Smoke by chef Reginald Scott is bringing the heat to Downtown, with its smoked wings, sandwiches stuffed with your choice of brisket, sausage, and/or Memphis pulled pork; meat-filled Jumbo Spuds, plus a host of sides, including collard greens, Momma’s spaghetti, and a Memphis slaw. Vegans can also participate in the barbecue experience, with Scott’s smokey veggie bowl, which features a host of smoked vegetables with a special sauce.

The Smoke’s Momma’s spaghetti, barbecue beans, cole slaw, corn bread, pickles, collard greens, and curry potato salad.
The Smoke offers a variety of sides to choose from.
Finn Hall

J-Bar-M Barbecue

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This sprawling East End hangout is a newer addition to Houston’s barbecue scene. Along with offering Post Oak-smoked meats, the restaurant has a contemporary design with a massive beer garden and views of Downtown. Be sure to check out weekly specials, which now include its football Sunday celebration with its Tank Chop, served with a baked potato and another side for $45. The restaurant will also serve $4 drafts, $15 buckets, $5 specialty drinks, $4 wine by the glass, and half-off bottles of wine during Astros postseason.

Roegels Barbecue Co

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Pronounced “Ray-gles,” this barbecue spot has a slew of loyal fans. Protein options include smoked pork belly, boudin, beef ribs, and pulled pork shoulder, alongside Texas caviar, loaded mashed potatoes, and decadent bourbon banana pudding, plus its cult favorite Texas Reuben pastrami sandwich served only on Thursdays.

The Pit Room

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This Montrose smokehouse turns out stunning slabs of brisket that are especially delicious when wrapped in one of The Pit Room’s tortillas made with rendered (and perfectly smoky) brisket fat. The sausage, made on-site, is equally compelling, especially the black pepper venison and jalapeno-cheddar versions.

A Pit Room spread of ribs, sausage, pulled chicken, turkey, beans, mac and cheese, potato salad, green beans, pickled red onions, mac and cheese, and beers.
Houston’s Pit Room serves up some of Houstonian’s favorite barbecue.
Jenn Duncan

Blood Bros. Barbecue

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Three words: brisket fried rice. At Blood Bros., diners can feast on jalapeno-cheddar sausages, juicy turkey, and pork belly burnt ends. As far as the sides are concerned, the brisket fried rice here is arguably one of the city’s finest barbecue joint sides, and the jalapeno coleslaw is equally solid.

Hands hold up a smoked rib on top of a banh mi sandwich at Blood Bros BBQ.
Beef rib banh is just one example of Blood Bros BBQ’s innovative takes on barbecue.
Joey Garcia

Ray’s BBQ Shack

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Tucked away in an unassuming spot near a gas station, Ray’s would be easy to overlook. But to drive right past would truly be a shame. This soulful spot offers up old-school barbecue, massive meat-stuffed baked potatoes, smoked oxtail, and to-die-for sides like fried corn on the cob.

Harlem Road Texas BBQ

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Helmed by classically trained, Swiss-born chef Ara Malekian, this barbecue joint at the end of Harlem Road in Richmond is a true gem. Brisket, ribs, and sausage are smoked low and slow over wood made from vintage oak wine barrels, and desserts like chocolate bread pudding and pecan pie are worth saving room for.

Killen's Barbecue

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Since opening a decade ago, Killen’s BBQ has made Pearland a barbecue destination, and it’s gone on to open outposts in the Woodlands and Cypress, too. In addition to smoked brisket, house-made sausage, and a massive beef rib, Killen’s has exceptional sides, particularly the creamed corn and potato salad.

Brisket&Rice

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White rice is reinforced as a perfect complement to almost any protein at this barbecue joint, which pairs the starchy side with brisket, creating a devout following. But there are other options, too. Diners can spice things up with barbecue fried rice, the Poor Man’s Macaroni, street corn, loaded baked potatoes, or its cranberry almond slaw, all of which pair well with its prime brisket, pork ribs, and beef jalapeno sausage.

Tejas Chocolate & BBQ

The real question here is why nobody ever thought to put Texas barbecue and specialty chocolate under the same roof before. This barbecue spot boasts a solid menu of classics, but also ventures outside of the box with its offerings. Try a brisket-topped wedge salad or smoked turkey sandwich with avocado and fried egg. On the side, try the carrot souffle and cornbread pudding, then grab some chocolate truffles on the way out.

CorkScrew BBQ

Just a short drive outside of Houston proper, in Old Town Spring, is Corkscrew BBQ, a smokehouse as charming as its surroundings. Prime brisket, pulled pork, turkey and link sausage are all killer choices, as is the Bobert sandwich, piled high with the customer’s choice of meats and green chile ranch dressing. For a huge undertaking, go for the Whole Hog, a massive sandwich topped with pulled pork, sausage, and a rib or two. 

Sliced brisket.
Family-owned CorkScrew BBQ cooks its meats on red oak only.
CorkScrew BBQ

Lonestar Sausage & BBQ

Launched by a former Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy, this barbecue joint serves up brisket, chicken, and pork ribs with a side of old-fashioned barbecue, but its forte is sausage. Specializing in different housemade links to satisfy your sausage lust, choose from the East Texas-style link, the Central Texas-style beef-and-pork sausage, and the jalapeno-cheese variety, and leave happy.

Burns Original BBQ

Earning a seal of approval from knowledgeable eaters like the late Anthony Bourdain and Slim Thug, Burns Original BBQ serves up ribs, brisket, chicken links, housemade sausage, and more smoky proteins. Don’t skimp on side options like dirty rice and potato salad.

Gatlin's BBQ

Gatlin’s BBQ serves up St. Louis-style ribs, classic brisket smoked to perfection, and plenty more meaty delights. Try the pastrami turkey sandwich, the smoked chicken wings slathered in Thai chili or raspberry-habanero sauce, and Cajun-style dirty rice. Stopping in for lunch? The baked potatoes here are legendary.

Feges BBQ Spring Branch

As solid as the brisket, sausage, and pulled pork are at this Spring Branch location, the sides at Feges BBQ are truly standout. Starting at $5 each, elote corn salad, spiced cracklins, pimento mac and cheese, and more stunners await. The Carolina-style whole hog with cracklin’ mop sauce, and charred coleslaw on top of hog fat cornbread will have you bragging to your friends out of state, as will its expansive menu, featuring a boatload of sandwiches, finger foods, a large selection of wine and beer, and $10 frozen margaritas. Top it off with “sweets,” like a scoop of Big Red ice cream, or a banana caramel cream pie.

A tattooed arm holding out a white plate of whole hog meat.
Whole hog platter at Feges BBQ.
Julie Soefer

Flossie's Barbecue

A proud proponent of food and football, this East-style Texas barbecue joint is the perfect spot to down some barbecue while talking about the love of the game. Go for a Sack sandwich, stuffed with chopped beef or sausage; a Playoff meat plate with sides; or its Touchdown barbecue baked potatoes, which are loaded with your choice of sausage, ribs, or tender brisket and then topped with cheese, green onions, and sour cream. Sides are also a win, with barbecue beans and potato salad, available daily. For a full experience, visit on the weekends when their brisket dirty rice, greens, and candied yams are on the menu.

Pinkerton's Barbecue

Find perfectly smoked Prime brisket, boudin, juicy chicken, and glazed pork ribs at this smokehouse helmed by pitmaster Grant Pinkerton. Don't get too stuffed on meats, though — the sides like the cheesy jalapeno rice and duck jambalaya are as compelling as the proteins.

Brett's BBQ Shop

Billed as one of the top 50 barbecue joints in Texas, this Katy stalwart holds its own with oak-smoked Central Style barbecue. Pair the moist fatty brisket, pork belly burnt ends, juicy pork ribs, or smoked brisket enchiladas smothered in a creamy gravy, with epic sides like loaded mac and cheese, cilantro-jalapeno slaw, and pinto beans. Depending on the day, you might find a new special, like a brisket banh mi, or the beef cheek confit.

Fainmous BBQ

Tennessee-style barbecue doesn’t get a whole lot of play in Texas, but Fainmous does it right. Smoked chicken wings, turkey legs, and rib tips meet traditional offerings like brisket, pulled pork, and link sausage. Try the most-excellent rib tips sandwich if meats by the pound don’t appeal, and be grateful that the killer coleslaw is technically a vegetable. 

Truth BBQ

At this Brenham export, pitmaster Leo Botello IV has brought a taste of the Hill Country to Houston. Fill a tray with succulent brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, and sausage, or visit on Sundays for its fried chicken. Then, make the tough decision of choosing a few sides, which include its popular tater tot casserole and corn pudding. Try to save room for a towering slice of banana caramel or coconut cream cake.

Henderson & Kane General Store

Part restaurant, part market, Henderson & Kane is known for its support of local purveyors with well-stocked shelves of dried snacks, jams, salsas, and more, but don’t leave without sampling its barbecue. Glass cases reveal cuts from 44Farms, and you can choose from pork ribs and brisket by the pound, boudin and sausage by the link, and sides like ranchero beans and cream corn.

The Smoke

One of Finn Hall’s newest vendors, The Smoke by chef Reginald Scott is bringing the heat to Downtown, with its smoked wings, sandwiches stuffed with your choice of brisket, sausage, and/or Memphis pulled pork; meat-filled Jumbo Spuds, plus a host of sides, including collard greens, Momma’s spaghetti, and a Memphis slaw. Vegans can also participate in the barbecue experience, with Scott’s smokey veggie bowl, which features a host of smoked vegetables with a special sauce.

The Smoke’s Momma’s spaghetti, barbecue beans, cole slaw, corn bread, pickles, collard greens, and curry potato salad.
The Smoke offers a variety of sides to choose from.
Finn Hall

J-Bar-M Barbecue

This sprawling East End hangout is a newer addition to Houston’s barbecue scene. Along with offering Post Oak-smoked meats, the restaurant has a contemporary design with a massive beer garden and views of Downtown. Be sure to check out weekly specials, which now include its football Sunday celebration with its Tank Chop, served with a baked potato and another side for $45. The restaurant will also serve $4 drafts, $15 buckets, $5 specialty drinks, $4 wine by the glass, and half-off bottles of wine during Astros postseason.

Roegels Barbecue Co

Pronounced “Ray-gles,” this barbecue spot has a slew of loyal fans. Protein options include smoked pork belly, boudin, beef ribs, and pulled pork shoulder, alongside Texas caviar, loaded mashed potatoes, and decadent bourbon banana pudding, plus its cult favorite Texas Reuben pastrami sandwich served only on Thursdays.

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The Pit Room

This Montrose smokehouse turns out stunning slabs of brisket that are especially delicious when wrapped in one of The Pit Room’s tortillas made with rendered (and perfectly smoky) brisket fat. The sausage, made on-site, is equally compelling, especially the black pepper venison and jalapeno-cheddar versions.

A Pit Room spread of ribs, sausage, pulled chicken, turkey, beans, mac and cheese, potato salad, green beans, pickled red onions, mac and cheese, and beers.
Houston’s Pit Room serves up some of Houstonian’s favorite barbecue.
Jenn Duncan

Blood Bros. Barbecue

Three words: brisket fried rice. At Blood Bros., diners can feast on jalapeno-cheddar sausages, juicy turkey, and pork belly burnt ends. As far as the sides are concerned, the brisket fried rice here is arguably one of the city’s finest barbecue joint sides, and the jalapeno coleslaw is equally solid.

Hands hold up a smoked rib on top of a banh mi sandwich at Blood Bros BBQ.
Beef rib banh is just one example of Blood Bros BBQ’s innovative takes on barbecue.
Joey Garcia

Ray’s BBQ Shack

Tucked away in an unassuming spot near a gas station, Ray’s would be easy to overlook. But to drive right past would truly be a shame. This soulful spot offers up old-school barbecue, massive meat-stuffed baked potatoes, smoked oxtail, and to-die-for sides like fried corn on the cob.

Harlem Road Texas BBQ

Helmed by classically trained, Swiss-born chef Ara Malekian, this barbecue joint at the end of Harlem Road in Richmond is a true gem. Brisket, ribs, and sausage are smoked low and slow over wood made from vintage oak wine barrels, and desserts like chocolate bread pudding and pecan pie are worth saving room for.

Killen's Barbecue

Since opening a decade ago, Killen’s BBQ has made Pearland a barbecue destination, and it’s gone on to open outposts in the Woodlands and Cypress, too. In addition to smoked brisket, house-made sausage, and a massive beef rib, Killen’s has exceptional sides, particularly the creamed corn and potato salad.

Brisket&Rice

White rice is reinforced as a perfect complement to almost any protein at this barbecue joint, which pairs the starchy side with brisket, creating a devout following. But there are other options, too. Diners can spice things up with barbecue fried rice, the Poor Man’s Macaroni, street corn, loaded baked potatoes, or its cranberry almond slaw, all of which pair well with its prime brisket, pork ribs, and beef jalapeno sausage.

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