While Central Texas may get all of the praise for its star-led barbecue destinations, there are plenty of power players packed within the urban confines of the Houston area. Trusty pitmasters that have served the city for decades continue to thrive, but there are also a number of hidden gems worth seeking out, including innovators who are interpreting the cuisine in new ways. Lines have long been blurred between barbecue and Tex-Mex. These days, East Asian, Cajun and even French influences have joined the mix.
While you may think you know all the who’s-who and what’s-what in Houston’s barbecue community, consider our pro tips next time you set out on a ‘cue excursion. Here’s where to dive in at 15 of the best BBQ joints in Houston.