Gatlin's BBQ entrance
Greg Gatlin and family were the first to bring craft barbecue to diners in Houston when they opened in 2010. They now offer great barbecue plus comfort food favorites like burgers and tacos, as well as breakfast options.
Mon-Sat 7AM-6PM, Closed Sun.
3510 Ella Blvd Bldg C Ste A, Houston, TX 77018
Killen's Barbecue - Pearland outside
One of the Houston area's most accomplished pitmasters, Ronnie Killen expanded beyond his steakhouse empire to open this classic Central Texas-style barbecue joint in his hometown of Pearland.
Tue-Thu, Sun 11AM-6PM or sold out,, Fri-Sat 11AM-8PM or sold out, Closed Mon.
3613 E Broadway St, Pearland, TX 77581
Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue
John & Lela Davis opened the iconic Shepherd Drive Bar-B-Q stand in 1934 and cooked on classic offset brick pits that the current incarnation - Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue - still uses today.
Mon-Sat 11AM-8PM, Closed Sun.
1703 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007
Lonestar Sausage & BBQ
Former U. of Houston football star Kevin Mason perfected the art of sausage-making in his kitchen while working as a sheriff deputy; after retiring, he went full time in the barbecue business in 2019.
Tue-Sat 11AM-7PM. Closed Sun-Mon.
13712 Walters Rd Suite #140, Houston, TX 77014
Henderson & Kane
John & Veronica Avila renovated an old meat market building in Houston's historic Sixth Ward into a neighborhood general store/barbecue joint featuring local, artisanal food products and smoked meats.
Mon-Fri 7:30AM-9PM, Sat 9AM-9PM, Sun 9AM-8PM
715 Henderson St, Houston, TX 77007
Guillory's Bar-B-Que
Beaumont-style beef links had mostly vanished from Houston barbecue menus until Leonard Guillory Sr. and son Leonard Jr. resurrected them at this small Alief storefront of Guillory's Bar-B-Que.
Tue-Sat 11AM-7:30PM, Closed Sun-Mon.
11851 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77099
CorkScrew BBQ sign
Will & Nichole Buckman starting cooking barbecue for family & friends in their backyard in 2010. Now they have a brick-and-mortar location in Old Town Spring and some of the best 'cue in Texas.
Wed-Sat 11am-4pm or sold out, Closed Sun-Tue.
26608 Keith St, Spring, TX 77373
Blood Bros. BBQ owners Quy Hoang and Robin Wong
Brothers Robin & Terry Wong and friend Quy Hoang met in the working class neighborhood of Alief and bring their Asian-American backgrounds to this menu of creative CTX-style barbecue.
Wed-Sun 11AM-3PM or sold out
5425 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401
Roy Burns Sr. sold barbecue by the side of the road in Acres Homes and built that into a neighborhood institution; his sons and grandsons have expanded the business into one of the most popular in the city.
Tue-Sat 11AM-7:30PM, Closed Sun-Mon.
8307 De Priest St, Houston, TX 77088
Lenox Bar-B-Q owners Reece and Erik Mrok
In 1949 Leonard McNeill won a neighborhood café in a dice game and turned it into a legendary barbecue joint; today, owner Erik Mrok continues the tradition in this rapidly gentrifying area of the East End.
Mon-Fri 9:30AM-2PM, Sat 9:30AM-12PM
5420 Harrisburg Blvd, Houston, TX 77011
Goode Co. Barbeque - Kirby
Jim Goode revolutionized the business of barbecue when he opened this barbecue joint-meets-ice house on a then-quiet stretch of Kirby Drive in 1977, combining CTX-style barbecue with a Houston flair.
7 days, 11AM-8:30PM
5109 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098
The Brisket House - 1960
This is the 3rd location of Wayne Kammerl's mini-empire of consistently great, Central Texas-style barbecue, strategically located on a busy stretch of FM1960 where great barbecue is few and far between.
Mon-Sat 11AM-8PM, Sun 11AM-6PM
3301 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Houston, TX 77068
Truth BBQ
The original Truth BBQ took over an old barbecue joint on the highway between Houston and Austin and quickly became a destination; the Houston location opened in 2019 and is a must-visit for classic CTX 'Q.
Tues-Fri 11AM-3PM & 5PM-7:30PM, Sat 11AM-7PM, Sun 11AM-4PM, Closed Mon.
110 S Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007
Brett's BBQ Shop - Kingsland
This contemporary & comfortable location deep in the heart of Katy allows owners Brett Jackson & Jacqueline Herrera to fully realize their classic & creative style of Central Texas-style 'Q.
Wed-Sun 11am-9pm, Happy Hour 3-5:30pm, Closed Mon-Tue
25220 Kingsland Blvd, Katy, TX 77494
Reveille Barbecue Co. - Wyatt Norton & Michael Michna
Like your favorite classic rock band, Reveille Barbecue Co. has gone through several lineup changes over the years, but the hits keep coming with great Central Texas-style barbecue now served from a brick-and-mortar location just north of Tomball.
Thu-Mon 11AM-7PM, Closed Tue-Wed
32360 TX-249 #140, Pinehurst, TX 77362
The Brisket House - Woodway
Wayne Kammerl is one of the original craft-barbecue pitmasters in Houston, opening his original Brisket House location in 2010 as an homage to his early experience at legendary Tom's BBQ in College Station.
Mon-Sat 11AM-8PM, Sun 11AM-6PM
5775 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77057
The Pit Room building
Michael Sambrooks brought craft barbecue to the eclectic Montrose neighborhood in 2016, becoming one of the best joints in the state with a similarly eclectic menu of tacos and other dishes.
7 Days, 7-10:30AM (breakfast), 11AM-9PM (lunch/dinner) or sold out
1201 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006
Fire Craft BBQ - Barbecue tray
Chef David Welch brings top-quality Texas BBQ, traditional southern-style sides, and house-made desserts to Fire Craft BBQ in Kingwood, with a wide variety of naturally seasoned and cured meats.
Tue-Sat 11AM-5PM or sold out, dinner Sat 5-9PM
2665 Royal Forest Dr Suite B10, Kingwood, TX 77339
Ray's BBQ Shack
In his off duty hours as a deputy sheriff, Ray Busch started cooking barbecue out of a trailer in nightclub parking lots, eventually graduating to a hugely successful brick-and-mortar joint in 2011.
Mon-Tue 11AM-6PM, Wed-Sat 11AM-8PM, Closed Sun.
3929 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX 77021
Roegels Barbecue Co.
Russell & Misty Roegels literally spent years paying dues as a franchise of a small Dallas-based chain before branching out in 2014, building this cozy and comfortable west-side spot into one of the best in Houston.
Open 7 Days, 11AM-3PM
2223 S Voss Rd, Houston, TX 77057
Pinkerton's Barbecue - Houston
Many Houston joints specialize in CTX-style barbecue, but few match the look-and-feel of those Austin-area places like Pinkerton's Barbecue where classic salt-and-pepper brisket is combined with a full cocktail bar.
Tues-Thu & Sun 11AM-9PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-10PM or sold out
1504 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009
Roegels Barbecue Co. - Katy
After establishing their flagship location on S. Voss in Houston, Russell & Misty Roegels ventured west to the booming Katy area, bringing outstanding craft barbecue to an area that needed world-class smoked meats.
Sun, Tue 11AM-3PM, Wed-Sat 11AM-8PM, Closed Monday
20702 Katy Fwy, Katy, TX 77449
Pappa Charlies Barbecue at Cypress Trail Hideout
Wes Jurena started out as a weekend barbecue competitor and is now the in-house barbecue joint at a lively sports bar in Cypress, serving up creative smoked meats he affectionately calls "goofy-cue."
Tue-Wed 11AM-9:30PM, Thu 11AM-10PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-12AM, Sun-Mon 11AM-9PM
25610 Hempstead Rd, Cypress, TX 77429
The Brisket House, Deer Park
Populated by oil refineries and chemical plants in cities like Deer Park and Baytown, Houston's far east side was never known for great barbecue until this outpost of The Brisket House opened.
Mon-Sat 11AM-8PM, Sun 11AM-6PM
3217 Center St, Deer Park, TX 77536
Tejas Chocolate & Barbecue
A barbecue joint that offers world-class smoked meats alongside handmade chocolate sounds like the perfect idea, and owners Scott & Greg Moore and Michelle Holland have delivered just that in Old Town Tomball.
Tue-Sat 11AM-8PM or sold out, Closed Sun-Mon.
200 N Elm St, Tomball, TX 77375
Fainmous BBQ
Barbecue influences from outside the Lone Star State are few and far between in Houston, but Jamie & Karen Fain have established this East Tennessee-style joint with outstanding pulled pork dishes.
Mon-Thu 11AM-6PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-8PM, Closed Sun.
1201 Oliver St #50, Houston, TX 77007
Feges BBQ owners Patrick & Erin Feges
Husband-and-wife team of Patrick & Erin Feges both come from fine-dining backgrounds and their classic and creative smoked meats and sides reflect an attention to detail as well as tradition.
Mon-Fri 11AM-2PM
3, Greenway Plaza Suite C-210, Houston, TX 77046
Harlem Road Texas BBQ
Speaking seven different languages and having trained at Swiss culinary academies, Chef Ara Malekian is Houston's global pitmaster combining the best of classic cooking with Texas barbecue.
Wed-Fri 11AM-8PM, Sat-Sun 11AM-6PM, Closed Mon-Tue.
9823 Harlem Rd, Richmond, TX 77407
Feges BBQ - Spring Branch
With the success of their Greenway Plaza location, Patrick & Erin Feges have expanded Feges BBQ to this more accessible and family-friendly location in the booming Spring Branch neighborhood.
Sun 11AM-3PM, Tues-Sat 11AM-9PM, Closed Mondays
8217 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX 77055
Tin Roof BBQ entrance
In 2001 the Webber family bought a plot of land in what would become the center of booming Atascocita and built a sprawling barbecue joint that has become a community gathering place.
Tue-Thurs 11AM-8PM, Fri & Sat 11AM-9PM, Closed Sun-Mon.
18918 Town Center Blvd, Atascocita, TX 77346
Southern Q BBQ
Steve & Sherice Garner started by cooking for friends and family in their backyard, moved on to a food truck, and now run a brick-and-mortar joint making some of the best East Texas-style 'Q in the city.
Tue-Sat 11AM-7PM, Sun 11AM-5PM, Closed Mon
411 W Richey Rd, Houston, TX 77090