Top Spots for BBQ in Houston

Who smokes the best brisket in Houston is a difficult question to answer these days with so many delicious barbecue joints around the city. From family-sized orders of Texas BBQ staples for backyard picnics to daily specials featuring new twists on the classics, Houston’s barbecue scene has something for everyone without needing to leave the city limits. Here are a few standout spots to start your barbecue city tour.

Blood Bros. Texas Barbecue: Infusing Houston’s diversity into their menu, including items like brisket fried rice, mole ribs, and smoked turkey bahn mi, has garnered Blood Bros. national attention and a loyal local following. 

Burns Original Barbecue: Serving their signature sauce and BBQ treats since 1973, this go-to spot’s “Wrib Sandwich Wednesday” special is a must-try.  

Feges BBQ: This husband and wife culinary duo bring a modern touch to their menu with a smoked barbacoa on cheese grits plate and a kale salad option. Follow their social media for frequent pop-ups and bulk order opportunities. 

Pinkerton’s Barbecue: Their desserts made in-house daily from old family recipes are just as popular as their high-quality meats smoked low and slow at this Heights’ barbecue joint.  

Ray’s BBQ Shack: In addition to their hickory-smoked meats, Ray’s offers a selection of po’boys, hamburgers, fish dinners, and even a kiddie-sized 2 meats, 2 sides plate. 

Enjoy the ‘cue!