Burns Original BBQ

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.

After Roy Burns passed away in 2009, his son Steve went into semi-retirement and son Gary opened his own barbecue joint on Antoine. Daughter Kathy Braden opened her own Burns BBQ outlet on North Shepherd. The original location on De Priest Street in Acres Homes fell into disrepair. In 2010 grandsons Cory and Carl Crawford trekked out to the boarded-up De Priest building and were shocked at the condition it was in.

The brothers bought the De Priest location and brought it back up to code. Steve came in to cook, and other family members helped out as well. They reopened in 2012 as Burns Original BBQ. Gary rejoined the operation in 2013 and Kathy recently returned to the family business. Today, Burns Original BBQ is one of the most famous ETX-style barbecue joints in the city and is a fixture of their Acres Homes community.




Building: An older residential building in Acres Homes (it housed the original Burns location) has been transformed into an order counter (no inside seating) with a covered seating area in front and a big, enclosed pit room in the back.
Parking: A large, paved parking lot is on the side and behind the building. Usually plenty of parking except for peak times. There is an overlfow gravel lot across the street and some street parking.
Ordering: Lineup and wait for your turn at the order counter, pay and get a receipt with a number on it; the number is called over loudspeaker.
Catering: Pickup, delivery, and full service is available. There is a separate catering menu on the website.
Pit(s): Custom-made, box-type, steel off-set cookers.



Owner(s): Cory Crawford
Pitmaster(s): Steve & Gary Burns
Established: 1973
Address: 8307 De Priest St, Houston, TX 77088
Hours: Tue-Sat 11AM-7:30PM, Closed Sun-Mon.
Phone: (281) 999-5559
Known for: Massive chopped beef sandwiches, pork spareribs, rib sandwiches, a ten-pound baked potato, and "homemade links" i.e. chaurice sausage.
Pro-tip: In addition to the great barbecue, there's a burger joint next door with a Instagram/selfie-worthy mural that celebrates the Burns family and Acres Homes neighborhood.
Brisket price/lb: $17.99
Price Date: 2021-04-04


Neighborhood(s): North, Northwest, Acres Homes
Building Type: Stand-Alone
Primary Wood(s): Oak
Primary Pit Type(s): Offset Steel
Meals Served: Lunch, Dinner


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