Ray’s BBQ Shack

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.

Busch teamed up with Maxine Davis and Herb Taylor to open the original Ray’s BBQ Shack location, in a small corner of a gas station near the U. of Houston. The joint became a neighborhood favorite and picked up the mantle of the surrounding Third Ward being one of Houston’s traditional “barbecue wards.”

Busch created a crowd-pleasing menu of old-school ETX-style favorites (housemade boudin, rib tips and smoked oxtails) and combined that with expertly-crafted CTX-style brisket. The ETX barbecue tradition of fried catfish and shrimp is well-represented here, with both items available daily.

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Owner(s): Ray Busch, Maxine Davis, Herb Taylor
Pitmaster(s): Ray Busch
Established: 2011
Address: 3929 Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX 77021
Hours: Mon-Sat 11AM-8PM
Phone: (713) 748-4227
Known for: ETX-style favorites including smoked boudin and oxtails (Thursday only) and excellent fried catfish and shrimp. And the fried corn-on-the-cob is addictive.
Pro-tip: Make a special trip just to try the excellent seafood gumbo as well as the Texas red-style chili, both made in-house.
Brisket price/lb: $21.95
Price Date: 2021-05-02
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