Best Traditional Texan-style Barbeque In Houston

Barbeque In Houston
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Houston, Texas is internationally known for being the site of NASA’s astronaut training and flight control complex, but there is so much more to discover. Houston is a large metropolis, and there are plenty of unique features to explore. During the day, you can stroll around this laid-back city exploring the many museums such as The Houston Museum of Natural Science. Head to the Theatre District and spend time in the exquisite Houston Grand Opera to see first-hand the 19th-century architecture. On every corner, you’ll find a wide range of restaurants from upscale fine dining to family-style barbecue joints. Texas, in general, is known for its excellent barbecue food and Houston, too, does not disappoint. We’ve had our fill and tested out the best Texan-style barbecue eateries in Houston, USA. Let’s take a look and decide where to go for dinner on your holiday.

1. Barbecue Inn

If you ask a local where to get the tastiest fried food they will, 90% of the time, say Barbecue Inn. Launched in 1946, the family-owned restaurant still cooks using the traditional recipes passed down by generation to generation. Be sure to stop by and test the milk-battered chicken fried steak. This restaurant offers one of the larger menu choices. Alongside the fried chicken, you could also partake in fried shrimp, sliced pork, and even ribs.

Barbecue Inn

Address: 116 W Crosstimbers Rd, Houston, TX 77018, USA

Website: Barbecue Inn

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2. Beaver's

With a tagline of ‘BBQ infused Southern Comfort Food’, who can resist stopping by Beaver’s for a barbecue? Not us! With an award-winning menu, we’d recommend the brunch barbecue. We love the taste of the barbecue tacos and brisket sandwich — it’s a unique twist on a traditional barbecue menu. You could also treat yourself to a cocktail or two.


Address: 6025 Westheimer Road, Houston, Texas, 77057

Website: Beaver’s

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3. Brookstreet BBQ

If you’ve ever wondered what the ultimate barbecue experience might entail, now is your chance to find out! We think that you will love the fact that the restaurant is built in a quaint old house. Head up to the second floor to be treated to some fun music posters as they play rock music on the restaurant radio.

Brookstreet BBQ

Address: 10705 Westheimer Rd, Houston, Texas

Website: Brookstreet BBQ

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4. Burns Original BBQ

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Sometimes you need to ask yourself if large and succulent ribs, brisket and rich sausage links with all the trimmings sound delicious. If they do, then you should head down to Burns Original BBQ to have a feast. With no indoor seating and only communal picnic tables, it feels like a true family affair. Expect a friendly welcoming atmosphere and plenty of food to make a barbecue feast.

Burns Original BBQ

Address: 8307 De Priest St, Houston, Texas, 77088

Website: Burns Original BBQ

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5. Byron's Gourmet BBQ

This fantastic little eatery might not look like much from the outside but their barbecue menu is great. If you are looking for a quick and easy food-fix then Byron’s might be your ideal match. Be sure to take the GPS address with you as it can be a little difficult to find the first time. It is worth the effort and is popular with the locals; you should think of it as a hidden gem! The owner has been cooking barbecue for 16 years and says that once you try it, you’ll always come back for more. With food this tasty, we can easily believe him.

Byron's Gourmet BBQ

Address: 2101 W Little York Rd, Houston, Texas, 77091

Website: Byron’s Gourmet BBQ

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6. Pappas Delta Blue Smokehouse

You won’t be disappointed with the menu at Pappas Delta Blue Smokehouse, which includes aged hickory-smoked USDA Prime Beef Brisket, Berkshire Pork Belly, and ribs galore. You might be glad to hear that there are also plenty of gluten-free options on offer. They have a licensed bar with an extensive American whiskey collection. Fantastic food and drinks… sounds great to us.

Pappas Delta Blue Smokehouse

Address: 19901 Gulf Fwy, Webster, Texas, 77598

Website: Pappas Delta Blue Smokehouse

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7. Demeris Bar-B-Q At West Loop

Proudly serving smoked hickory since 1964, the Demeris Bar-B-Q at West Loop is another barbecue joint that is steeped in tradition and history. This fantastic eatery is extremely popular during lunch. You should expect to queue before finding space on one of the large catering tables. If you are in a rush, stick to the grab-and-go style menu. We recommend the Brisket Po Noy Basket, and be sure not to miss out on the yummy desserts too.

Demeris Bar-B-Q At West Loop

Address: 1702 W Loop N Fwy Ste A, Houston, Texas, 77008

Website: Demeris Bar-B-Q At West Loop

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8. Fainmous BBQ

Although it has been running as a business since 2004, the Houston doors to this incredible eatery only opened in 2011. Since then, they’ve been happily barbecuing every day. For good reason, Fainmous has received a dedicated local following. Be sure to check out their weekly offers which are always popular and have feast-sized portions. In this family-run restaurant, you can choose to have your barbecue meal with or without hot sauce. The location of Fainmous can be difficult to find, but believe us when we say that it is worth the extra effort.

Fainmous BBQ

Address: 10400 S Post Oak Rd ste e, Houston, TX 77035

Website: Fainmous BBQ

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9. Feges BBQ

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Although only open since early 2018, Feges BBQ already has a strong following. Feger BBQ is pushing boundaries and creating an exciting menu which boasts traditional delicious recipes with modern and contemporary twists. Be sure to head there on a Friday to test out the tantalising and brightly coloured BBQ Flautas. The couple that owns Feges BBQ have put their heart and soul into the food, and you can tell. We love not only the taste at Feges, but also the fun and joyful ambience.

Feges BBQ

Address: 3 Greenway Plaza Suite C-210, Houston, Texas, 77046

Website: Feges BBQ

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10. Goode Company BBQ

For a traditional Texan-style dinner, ambience and location head straight to Goode Company BBQ and you won’t be disappointed. The seating inside is small but definitely cosy and full of class. There is also interesting memorabilia on every single inch of wall space, you could probably spend half the time just looking at all of that! We especially love the fact that for the classical brisket, you are able to have a choice of fat or lean meat.

Goode Company BBQ

Address: 5109 Kirby Dr, Houston, TX 77098

Website: Goode Company BBQ

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It's a seriously fun business

Pecan Lodge Barbecue
Source: Photo by Flickr user David Hale Smith used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Travel across Texas and you’ll soon realise that barbecuing is a staple of Texan culture. It brings together families and friends to enjoy a great meal and companionship. Every type of barbecue joint can be found, from small road-side joints to large-scale chains. From restaurants that focus on the sauce to those that focus on the rub, each barbecue joint has honed its own unique taste. Our list covers the best Texan-style barbecue joints in Houston. But really, the only way to truly understand the barbecue culture is to try it all!

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