Steve drove a truck and wife Sherice taught school in 2010 when they began making barbecue for friends, family, and parishioners at their local church. Steve grew up in Lufkin and had eaten ETX-style barbecue his whole life, both in his own family’s backyard as well as in local barbecue joints. Not only is Steve a connoisseur of ETX barbecue, but he’s something of a scholar, researching a possible connection between his family and the legendary Houston pistmaster Matt Garner (no evidence of that yet).
With encouragement from friends and family, the Garners opened their Southern Q barbecue trailer in a dusty parking lot in the FM1960 area in 2014. Their superb ETX dishes like smoked turkey legs and boudin became a big hit, and Steve added a worthy CTX-style brisket to bring in newer barbecue fans. They eventually opened in a small location on nearby Kuykendahl and now serve from a much bigger location on a blue-collar stretch of Richey Road just west of I-45.