5 Best Underrated Barbecue Joints in Houston (According to You)

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Photo by Troy Fields
This fine spread comes from the No. 2 spot on the list!
You guys. This was a close one.

For the past week, I've been watching the numbers on the poll rise. For some time there was a clear leader, then suddenly, the next time I checked, the former leader had fallen to third place, and the two frontrunners were neck and neck. I kid you not, the Kentucky Derby has nothing on the Houston Press's poll for the most underrated barbecue in the city.

In fact, the top two choices are separated by only one vote. ONE VOTE.

Is that close enough to call it a tie? I have a feeling you'll have some strong opinions about this tight race. Sound off in the comments.

Then eat yourself into a barbecue-induced haze so we can all be friends again, OK?

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Photo courtesy Pappa Charlie's
That pepper crust looks mighty fine.
5. Pappa Charlie's Barbecue
Pappa Charlie's is a labor of love for the owner, who named the place after his late father, a fan of pulling over during road trips at any little barbecue shack and testing the smoked meats. Pappa Charlie's has been open since 2009, and in that time, the smoky brisket has garnered a lot of fans, both local and at competitions throughout the state. Reader assertnull writes, "The dude could smoke a boot and have it come out tasty. Brisket rivals anything I've had in the Austin/Taylor/Lockhart circuit...haven't tried the chicken, but I did snag some of their turkey at the HouBBQ festival. I don't know if it's a regular thing for them, but good god man, it wasn't turkey, it was some god-bird plucked from the heights of Olympus, basted in ambrosia, and smoked to perfection. I seriously have no idea how you do that to a dadgum bird. Totally epic." Enough said.

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Location Info

Rudy's Country Store & BBQ

21361 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Brisket House

5775 Woodway Drive, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Baker's Ribs

2223 S. Voss Road, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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12 comments
bayoucitybobby
bayoucitybobby

Corkscrew BBQ in the Woodlands/Spring is the hidden gem of BBQ in the Houston area. Long lines and selling out quick means get there early and bring your appetite!

rogerscorpion
rogerscorpion

Blood Brothers are @ Buffalo Bayou on 5/24? Where on Buffalo Bayou? It's extremely long.

katie corbin
katie corbin

Matthew Asendio you nailed it! B-heezie is #2!

Closinhtown
Closinhtown

The Brisket House must have you guys on the payroll. Seriously, brisket house is not over or underrated. It's just not good bbq.

robinvtx
robinvtx

you need to visit Beef n Bun on Long Point. The Best!!!


kelly.d.switzer
kelly.d.switzer

The Bakers Ribs up here near Dallas are horrible. I hope the Houston one is miles better, because I can't eat this slop.

thepigonvoss
thepigonvoss

Everyone on this list and even ones that aren't on it have great BBQ right here in Houston.  

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