Smoke Signals

Travelers in China Don't Have to Forego Texas Barbecue

American-style smoked meat is popping up all over the (Chinese) map.

08/05/2016 By Joanna O'Leary

Up in Smoke

Our Latest Obsession: OMG BBQ

It's all about the beans at a Heights hidden gem.

07/11/2016 By Alice Levitt

Up in Smoke

First Bite: Midtown BBQ

Is the new 'cue joint on Bagby just the first in a long line?

05/26/2016 By Alice Levitt

Brunch Goals

Taking #SundayFunday to a Bloody New Level

Six restaurants went head-to-head in this year's Bloody Mary showdown at our boozy brunch street party.

04/27/2016 With Jenna K. White

BBQ

Biting Into Black Restaurant Week at Ray's BBQ Shack

It's worth a trip to the OST for a discounted taste of gas station ribs.

04/06/2016 By Alice Levitt

BBQ

Is Great Texas Barbecue Still Great Without a Line?

The spiffy new, 4,200-square-foot location of Gatlin’s BBQ in Oak Forest raises the question.

03/01/2016 By Alice Levitt

Picks

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 26–28

Houston Symphony plays Benny Goodman's hits, artist MPA takes us on a trip to Mars, the Rodeo kicks off with the Bar-B-Que Championship, The Sleeping Beauty twirls into the Houston Ballet, and pianist Christopher McKiggan plays a dual piano set.

02/24/2016 By Nick Esquer

Brother Bones

The Harlem Globetrotters Dribble at Killen's Barbecue

What does a stunt basketball team have in common with a barbecue legend? More than you think.

01/28/2016 By Ellie Sharp

Turkey Day

Celebrate Out of the Box: Thanksgiving

This year, let someone else do the cooking with a gourmet Thanksgiving feast at one of these Houston area favorites.

11/24/2015 By Megha Tejpal

'Cue It Up

The Bravado Spice Boys Host a Labor Day BBQ

Make the most of your day off by letting someone else do all the barbecuing—and clean up.

09/04/2015 By Jennifer Nguyen

Get Sticky With It

Extreme Eats: Boneless Rib Sandwich at Pour Society

Houston's newest gastropub offers a sandwich so large and in-charge, it deserves its own ZIP code.

08/21/2015 By Megha Tejpal

Main Attractions

Going Beyond the Brisket

Houston pitmasters are tackling more than just the Texas trinity these days.

08/04/2015 By J.C. Reid

’Cue Town, USA

Is Houston the Hottest Barbecue Market in Texas?

While Central Texas hogs the spotlight, the best new barbecuers are busy setting up shop in Houston.

08/04/2015 By Robb Walsh

Interview

The Wilfork: Two-Pronged and Barbecue-Friendly

Training camp is approaching, but the Texans’ new nose tackle looks forward to pursuing interests, shall we say, off the field.

08/04/2015 By Robb Walsh

Side Shows

Traditional Side Dishes Get a Modern Twist

Elevating classic East Texas sides to new heights is a uniquely Houston phenomenon.

08/04/2015 By Robb Walsh

BBQ!

Where to Eat the Best Houston BBQ Right Now

Our completely up-to-date guide to the 10 best barbecue spots in town.

08/04/2015 By Robb Walsh and J.C. Reid Edited by Katharine Shilcutt

Sneak Peek

Behind the Scenes of Our Barbecue Issue, Featuring New Houston Texan Vince Wilfork

Texans nose tackle Vince Wilfork may or may not have chosen his new team based on Houston's barbecue scene.

07/23/2015 Videography by Bryan Lozano By Katharine Shilcutt

Ear This

Star Ingredient of the Season: Corn on the Cob

Corn plays a supporting role well at summer barbecues and picnics, but the fried corn on the cob at Ray's is a star all on its own.

07/20/2015 By Megha Tejpal

Drink a Bite to Eat

Extreme Eats: Blood Bros. BBQ

Dr Pepper, donuts and darn good barbecue, all in one sandwich.

07/10/2015 By Megha Tejpal

Recipe

10 Reasons Your Barbecue Isn’t as Good as Ronnie Killen’s

Beef up your skills with brisket advice from one of Houston’s most celebrated pitmasters.

05/31/2015 By Jeff Balke Photography by Todd Spoth