Trying to find the best Barbecue in Houston? 10Best has you covered. Our editors and locals search the city and suburbs for the top places. Then, we showcase popular restaurants like Barbecue Inn, and we highlight eateries with great user reviews, like Burns Bar BQ. We also help you find areas where Barbecue are prominent - the Downtown area, for example - so that you not only get terrific dining recommendations, but you also have choices to boot. After all, if you're going to eat, you may as well do it right and take advantage of Houston's best.



Eat inside or outside at this rustic BBQ shack, where brisket sandwiches, smoked duck and smoked chicken draw lunch crowds from all around the West University area. Be sure to have your game plan set as you make your way through the...  Read More

Swinging Door


Don't give a second thought to embarking on the longish drive to suburban Richmond – Swinging Door makes the trip worthwhile, if not necessary. The rustic, smokehouse-style joint doesn't presume to be anything more than it is: a friendly place...  Read More

The Heights
Barbecue Inn


For terrific Texas barbecue, savvy locals recommend this '50-style diner, where leather chairs and tile floors contribute a bit of local color. Even with its popularity, the owners –thankfully – haven't felt compelled to glitz up the place....  Read More

River Oaks


Since 1951, this local treasure has been catering to Houston appetites with what may just be "Texas's best BBQ." Outside, Otto's sports the sort of rusticity you'd expect from an eatery that specializes in barbecued beef, ribs, links, pork, and...  Read More



Pappas Bar-B-Q, one of the only barbecue dives downtown, is a popular lunchtime destination with everybody from cops and construction workers to suit-wearing lawyers and brokers. Portions are Texas-sized, and it's not uncommon for poor souls...  Read More

The Heights


Eminently casual – courtesy of simple furnishings, classic western tunes, and ranching and agricultural artifacts – Hickory Hollow treats folks well but doesn't give in to excessive fanfare. It simply plies them with fantastic slow-cooked...  Read More



Designed to look like a building in a 19th-century Western town, Luling City Market cultivates an air of past days. It even smokes its meats over wood for an authentic taste. Inside the place, the rustic theme continues, letting diners feel as...  Read More

North Houston
Burns Bar BQ


Reputedly serving some of Houston's best barbecue, Burns is a longstanding tradition in these parts. The place is essentially take-out, although a few outdoor picnic tables accommodate those who lack sufficient willpower to wait. The East...  Read More



Marked on the outside by a big pink pig head, Baker's has a reputation as a comfortable, downhome establishment. Inside, picnic tables and easily cleanable surfaces let you know that some sauce may be spilled but that you're not to fret. Simply...  Read More



There's no doubt that Pizzitola's, in operation since 1935, knows how to make some darned good barbecue. There is very little that doesn't cause the mouth to water uncontrollably. Pizzitola's specialty is brisket – lean cut and so tender it...  Read More