Still Smokin'

Where You Can Get Houston's Best BBQ as Takeout

The top pitmasters in Bayou City are still cranking it out.

By Timothy Malcolm

Sure you can't have the tray at Truth BBQ, but maybe you got one at home? Make pretend!

In the April issue of Houstonia, we profiled our 12 favorite barbecue joints in the Houston area while chronicling a renaissance of sorts in the city's smoke scene. That issue was printed before the outbreak of novel coronavirus COVID-19 in America, which led to the temporary closing of all local restaurant dining rooms in an effort to stop the virus from spreading. The upshot: You can't sit down at all those great barbecue spots and eat off the tray.

But you can certainly pick up food from those places, then bring it home to enjoy in the comfort of your own dining room ... or living room ... kitchen ... bedroom? Hey, we're not judging. Anything goes under quarantine.

Here's an update on our feature, with info on which BBQ spots are doing take-out and delivery, and when they're open, so you can enjoy that tasty, tasty meat.

Blood Bros. BBQ

Curbside pick-up available. Order online. Meats by the pound available, plus sides and daily specials. Packaged meats include four sausage links and a pound of turkey. Open 11 a.m.–sold out Wednesday–Sunday, and 6–10 p.m. Thursday as well.

Brett's BBQ Shop

Curbside pick-up available. Order online. Meats by the pound available, plus sides, meat plates, loaded potatoes, vacuum-sealed meats, and Sunday-only toreados. Family packs that include four meats and sides available. Open 11:30 a.m.–sold out Wednesday–Sunday.

Corkscrew BBQ

Curbside pick-up available. Order online. Meats available and weighed, plus sandwiches, salads, potatoes, sides, bread, beverages, and sauces. Chilled whole meats also available. No alcohol. A 24-hour notice is best for whole meats. Open 11 a.m.–sold out Tuesday–Saturday.

El Burro & The Bull at Henderson & Kane

Curbside pick-up and delivery available via GrubHub and Yelp!. Call 281-974-3557. Meats by the pound available, plus sandwiches, plates, sides, and specials. Also available: pastries, coffee, dessert, breakfast tacos, and brunch items. Henderson & Kane has pantry items and local foods and beverages, including alcohol. Open 9 a.m.–9 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday and 9 a.m.–8 p.m. Sunday. 

Feges BBQ

No service at its location but hosting pop-up events. Pop-up Saturday at 8217 Long Point Road in Spring Branch; order here.

Harlem Road Texas BBQ

Curbside pick-up available. Call 832-278-2101 or walk up. Meats by the pound available, plus sides, desserts, and beverages. No alcohol. Open 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Wednesday–Friday and 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday–Sunday.

Hoot's Smokehouse

Curbside pick-up available. Order online. Meats by the pound available, plus plates, loaded potatoes, sandwiches, family-size meat trays, boiled seafood (including crawfish), smoked barbecue wings, sides, salads, desserts, and beverages. Open 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Wednesday–Sunday.

Khoi BBQ

Keep up-to-date through its Instagram.

Upcoming pop-up: Noon-3 p.m. April 25 at Baileson Brewing Co. Pick-up only. Pre-order here.

Pinkerton's Barbecue

Curbside pick-up available. Call 713-802-2000 to order. Brisket, egg, and cheese breakfast tacos in the morning, and special items for lunch and dinner, including chicken and sausage gumbo, loaded baked potato, chopped beef sandwich, and prime beef meatloaf. Open 8 a.m.–8 p.m. daily.

Tejas Chocolate + Barbecue

Curbside pick-up and delivery available. Order online. Meats by the pound available, plus weekend survival kits (two–six pounds of three meats plus pint-sized or quart-sized sides), sandwiches, daily specials, loaded potatoes, tacos and taco kits,  salads, sides, desserts, and chocolate. Craft beer also available. Also, donate money that will go toward Tejas delivering barbecue to first responders in and around Tomball. Open 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday.

The Pit Room

Curbside pick-up and delivery available. Call 281-888-1929 to order and get six-packs of beer and bottles of wine with your food. Bulk items available (brisket; pulled pork; pork ribs; chicken; beef, jalapeno cheddar, venison sausage) in one- and two-pound portions. Open 11 a.m.–9 p.m. daily.

Truth BBQ

Curbside pick-up available. Order by calling 832-835-0001, by visiting the website, or via an Instagram direct message. Payment required at time of order. Meats by the pound available, plus chilled whole meats, meal packs (Texas trinity with two sides that can feed four), meat plates, sides, sandwiches, bread, and assorted cakes. No beer or wine. Open 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday–Sunday.

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