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The 5 Best Smoked BBQ in Houston 

The 5 Best Smoked BBQ in Houston

Our Criteria 

Quality Meat: A good barbecue restaurant relies on using high-quality cuts of meat and cooking them properly to bring out their full flavor.
Classic Sides: Any respectable barbecue restaurant worth its weight understands that its regulars want nothing but the “genuine deal,” therefore it always provides a selection of tried-and-true classics as appetizers and desserts. 
Fresh Ingredients: The top BBQ joints always use fresh ingredients. Restaurant owners often travel great distances, both domestically and internationally, in search of the finest foods.
Wide Array of Sauces: The savory, smoky flavor of barbecue is at its peak when combined with a flavorful sauce like an authentic Southern-style sauce. 

1. Corkscrew BBQ

WebsiteCorkscrew BBQ
Address26608 Keith St, Spring, TX 77373, United States
Contact Info(281) 330-2178
HoursMonday, Tuesday & Sunday: Closed
Wednesday to Saturday: 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM 
Google Reviews Score4.8/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.5/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.9/5
Total Reviews4.7/5
Score Consistency4.7/5
Quality Meat4.7/5
Classic Sides4.7/5
Fresh Ingredients4.7/5
Wide Array of Sauces 4/5


  • Homemade barbecue sauce
  • Tender brisket 
  • Vintage ambiance 
  • Free parking 


  • Dry smoked turkey 
  • Grainy sausage 

Corkscrew BBQ is hidden away from the main streets of Downtown Houston and is on the near borderline of Spring, TX. Like any BBQ joint, they close for the day when the BBQ runs out.

If you want to choose from the whole menu, we recommend getting there when they open. So, although we arrived early, we were not surprised to see a line out the door. 

By the way, there’s free parking in the private lot behind the building and the front. There is plenty of seating inside and out. The vast yard is excellent for youngsters to run around between bites. 

Inside CorkScrew BBQ, vintage license plates decorate the dining room countertops, and jar light fixtures hang from the ceiling. Because we were so eager to sample everything, we requested their catering portion. 

Their brisket was juicy and tender with every bite. Any BBQ lover would enjoy the brisket at Corkscrew BBQ. 

Additionally, their ribs were flavorful and had us reaching for more. The smoked turkey was adequate, but it could have had more flavor.

We felt the smoked turkey was also too dry for our taste.Moreover, their fresh beef and pork blend sausage was dry, and there was an odd graininess in the sausage. 

As for side orders, their mashed potato salad, macaroni and cheese, and baked bean were all delicious. It rounded out the meal quite nicely. 

Of course, sweet and created from scratch, their barbecue sauce is a must-try. 

2. Tejas Chocolate & BBQ

WebsiteTejas Chocolate & BBQ
Address200 N Elm St, Tomball, TX 77375, United States
Contact Info+1 832-761-0670
HoursTuesday to Saturday: 11AM to 8:00 PM
Monday & Sunday: Closed
Google Reviews Score4.6/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.5/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.5/5
Total Reviews4.4/5
Score Consistency4.4/5
Quality Meat4.7/5
Classic Sides4.6/5
Fresh Ingredients4.7/5
Wide Array of Sauces 5/5


  • Tender brisket
  • Savory ribs
  • Variety of BBQ sauces
  • Flavorful carrot souffle 


  • Expensive prices
  • Long lines

Tejas Chocolate & BBQ is in an old home in an older residential area. As it’s off the main street, it was easy to get to, and there was adequate parking. 

It’s in a charming location, making Tejas Chocolate & BBQ a good choice for a date night. 

However, we recommend coming early for dinner if you want to try their classic ribs. There’s always a long line out the door, but we didn’t mind waiting as their tasty ribs were worth the wait. 

While Tejas Chocolate & BBQ is relatively modest in size, its portions and service are anything but. Every member of staff we interacted with was warm and helpful. 

Although their prices are high, the high quality of BBQ meat makes up for it. Not only were their ribs delicious, but their tender, fatty brisket fell apart easily and was smokey. 

Moreover, their wide variety of barbecue sauces enhanced the flavor of the pulled pork we ordered too. 

Even their traditional sides, like cornbread dressing and coleslaw, had their own unique twists that made them delicious additions to the meal. 

For dessert, we had their carrot souffle. It was delicate, not too sweet, but bursting with flavor. 

Of course, their chocolates are a must-try for those with a sweet tooth.

3. Triple J’s Smokehouse BBQ

WebsiteTriple J’s Smokehouse BBQ
Address6715 Homestead Rd, Houston, TX 77028, United States
Contact Info+1 713-635-6384
HoursWednesday to Saturday: 11 AM to 6 PM
Sunday – Monday: Closed
Google Reviews Score4.6/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.5/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.4/5
Total Reviews4.5/5
Score Consistency4.5/5
Quality Meat4.8/5
Classic Sides4.6/5
Fresh Ingredients4.7/5
Wide Array of Sauces 4.7/5


  • Big portions 
  • High quality meat
  • Smokey brisket
  • Homemade peach cobbler


  • Long lines 
  • Expensive prices
  • Limited table spaces

Although there was a long line outside of Triple J’s Smokehouse BBQ, the wait was worth it after tasting their signature smoked meats. 

While waiting in line, Triple J’s Smokehouse has memorabilia on display for their customers to glance at. Fortunately for us, the line went by fast. 

We chose three of their most popular meats and two sides. The pricing was reasonable given the quantity and quality of the meal we received. 

There isn’t a lot of table space as it’s more of an eat and go, than a dine in and chat restaurant. By the way, the service was quick and pleasant. 

The brisket, two huge pork ribs, and the sliced smoked sausage we ordered came in a Styrofoam container. Despite them forgetting to give us barbecue sauce, we felt the meat was flavorful enough on its own. 

The brisket’s smoky flavor lingered in our mouth, and the ribs literally slid off the bone. The sweet baked beans had loads of chopped green onions and paired well with the tangy mustardy potato salad. 

Moreover, their homemade peach cobbler we had for dessert was delicious and fresh-tasting. As this place does get busy, though, we recommend double checking your order in case you end up with missing items. 

4. Feges BBQ 

WebsiteFeges BBQ 
Address8217 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX 77055, United States
Contact Info+1 346-319-5339
HoursTuesday to Saturday: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM 
Sunday: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM 
Monday: Closed
Google Reviews Score4.4/5
Yelp Reviews Score4/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.6/5
Total Reviews4.4/5
Score Consistency4.4/5
Quality Meat4.8/5
Classic Sides4.7/5
Fresh Ingredients4.8/5
Wide Array of Sauces 4.7/5


  • Twist on classic BBQ
  • Playground area
  • Tender brisket 
  • Exotic sides


  • Expensive prices

Feges BBQ claims to offer a delicious twist to the traditional BBQ people know and love. After our experience at Feges BBQ we can attest that they put a twist on classic traditions by pairing BBQ meals with wine. 

When we arrived at Feges BBQ it wasn’t difficult to find parking, for they have an adequate medium sized parking lot. Outside, there’s a giant pig head sculpture and a playground for children to play on. 

The interior of Feges BBQ features a casual contemporary aesthetic that’s inviting for young professionals and families alike. 

What we stood out the most about our experience at Feges BBQ was that the pit room is enclosed in glass. So we were able to watch the smokers at work while we waited for our meal. 

Tender burnt ends of brisket were tossed in a sweet barbecue sauce and red syrup, giving the dish a striking color and flavor. 

On our first visit, we tried the sliced lean brisket. Its well-rendered fat cap and smoky bark made it worth the expensive cost. 

By the way, they have three different types of barbecue sauces to use to enhance the flavors. We tried their original and white barbecue sauce which each had a distinctive flavor that didn’t add or take away from the smokiness of the brisket. 

While they do have traditional sides such as cornbread and macaroni salad, we opted to try their exotic sides listed on the menu. Their Moroccan spiced carrots and chilled elote salad with fresh sweet corn were fresh and delicious.

Additionally, we enjoyed their spicy Korean braised greens that were bursting with flavor. We also liked the savory sweet taste of their Money Cat potatoes. 

5. Pinkerton’s Barbecue

WebsitePinkerton’s Barbecue
Address1504 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009, United States
Contact Info+1 713-802-2000
HoursTuesday to Sunday: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM
Monday: Closed
Google Reviews Score4.6/5
Yelp Reviews Score4.5/5
Facebook Reviews Score4.8/5
Total Reviews4.5/5
Score Consistency4.5/5
Quality Meat4.6/5
Classic Sides4.5/5
Fresh Ingredients4.5/5
Wide Array of Sauces 3/5


  • Ranch style atmosphere
  • Juicy brisket
  • Delicious traditional sides


  • Bland coleslaw
  • Cafeteria-style
  • Long waits (not always, but often enough that it should be noted) 

Pinkerton Barbecue transported us to the wild West; we felt like we’d stepped into a real ranch. The restaurant has a ranch feel thanks to its casual environment, homey decor, and country music. 

However, the urge to place our order quickly in the cafeteria-style queue was overwhelming for us as first-time customers. About twenty to thirty minutes passed while we waited in line before placing our orders and being seated. 

Furthermore, getting to and from our table was difficult due to the tight space inside. Despite this, almost all we ordered left us licking our lips and wanting more. 

The brisket was tender and juicy. We could almost taste the type of wood used to smoke the brisket. 

The brisket was served with a barbeque sauce with a touch of heat and hints of honey mustard, and the flavors complemented each other nicely. 

Additionally, when we tried their pork ribs, it was like butter. The meat melted in our mouths. 

As far as sides go, their macaroni cheese didn’t overdo it on the bacon, and it wasn’t salty either. The beans were also delicious and seasoned just right. 

Although both the coleslaw and the jalapeno sausage were edible, they could have used more flavor. 

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