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.

Though Texas barbecue has spread to every state in the union, other styles of American barbecue have been slow to catch on in Texas. Perhaps the most famous style other than Texas is Carolina-style barbecue, either north or south, and even that has been missing in Texas except for a few high-profile whole-hog ventures.

But the Fain’s have bucked the trend and produce outstanding, stand-alone East Tennessee-style barbecue at their Fainmous BBQ storefront in Sawyer Yards. What by chance is East Tennessee-style barbecue, you may ask? Its adjacency to North Carolina offers a clue: hickory-smoked pork shoulder that is shredded into a mouth-watering pile of meat and juices and covered in a spicy vinegar-and-tomato sauce. It’s the epitome of barbecue comfort food.

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Owner(s): Jamie & Karen Fain
Pitmaster(s): Jamie Fain
Established: 2011
Address: 1201 Oliver St #50, Houston, TX 77007
Hours: Mon-Thu 11AM-6PM, Fri-Sat 11AM-8PM
Phone: (713) 728-9663
Known for: Tennessee-style bbq featuring a distinct hickory smoke flavor and vinegar-based sauces. Also, one of the few excelling at offering smoked vegetarian & vegan dishes.
Pro-tip: The murals on the wall represent Jamie & Karen's memories growing up in Tennessee.
Brisket price/lb: $22.00
Price Date: 2021-04-05
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