Can’t you smell it? Houston is having its barbecue moment, and it’s primarily because local pit-masters are taking the array of traditional Texas styles and combining them with a whole new world of other influences with unexpected and finger-licking-good results: They’re creating rich chocolate-based barbecue sauces and old-school spicy toppings, offering tangy barbecue banh mi and classic chopped beef sandwiches, and serving up smoked octopus alongside plates of ribs. Taking note of all the (well-deserved) acclaim this city’s ’cue has garnered lately, we at Houstonia decided to fan out and get the low-down on the 12 places, all opened in the past five years, you simply must try in order to experience this age of meaty wonders in the Bayou City. Now let’s get going—where there’s smoke, there’s a tray of insanely delicious food to be devoured.

In This Feature:

Our Favorite Desserts at Houston BBQ Joints

At these spots, you should have your cake and eat it too.

04/01/2020 By Timothy Malcolm and Gwendolyn Knapp

12 Essential Joints Ushering in the New Wave of Barbecue

We got the low-down on the spots, all opened in the past five years, you simply must try to experience this age of meaty wonders in the Bayou City.

04/01/2020 By Timothy Malcolm and Gwendolyn Knapp

The History of Houston's BBQ Renaissance

With so many pitmasters putting their personal spin on a time-honored tradition, we're calling it: Houston is having its barbecue moment.

04/01/2020 By Timothy Malcolm