While Ray’s may look strange attached to a gas station, this unassuming restaurant serves up some knockout barbecue, traditional Texas style. The fall-off-the-bone ribs are famous among patrons, but everything in the menu is absolutely delectable. Seafood is fresh and well-cooked to preserve and enhance flavor, while the sandwiches are exquisite with meat from the grill. The brisket is also authentically cooked to a smoky, juicy tenderness unlike any other. Beans, corn on the cob, potato or macaroni salad, spicy rice and cucumber salad sides offer great balance to the heaviness of the meats.
Address & telephone number: 4529 Old Spanish Trl, Houston, TX +1 713 748 4227
The pulled pork at Fainmous will leave you dreaming of it, whether you have it in a sandwich, with one of their tempting sauces or by itself. It’s not Texan style, but Tennessee flavor, which is a fun, different twist to try in Houston. The brisket and sausages are mouthwatering, the baked beans are perfectly seasoned while the chopped beef will satisfy even the staunchest lovers of this customary dish. Try their spicy barbecue for a new twist on old favorites. The stuffed spud makes a great order for those going gluten-free. Service is fast and friendly, too.
Address & telephone number: 10400 S Post Oak Rd, Houston, TX +1 713 728 9663
You’ll be exclaiming “oh my God!” when you see the decadent food that comes out of the pit at OMG BBQ. It’s a no-frills place in the Houston Heights that prides itself in the quality of their meats and the care of their cooking methods. You’ll notice in the rich, complex flavors that populate the menu. The food never sits on its own for hours after cooking, but is served straight from the flames for the best flavor and freshness. The boudin sausage link sandwich is recommended by most regulars.
Opening hours: Tue – Wed, Fri- Sun 4:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Watch out for: The chopped beef brisket sandwich, a full meal for only $5
Address & telephone number: 4500 San Felipe St Houston, TX 77027 +1 832 528 5010
This barbecue is one of those food trucks that are a little unreliable in their location and opening hours, yet still so worth it when you happen to see them open. You’ll be tempted by the delicious smells wafting your way, anyway. Try the turkey leg and you’ll never see the bird the same way, or the boudin sausage, which you will probably have to share with someone else; it’s ridiculously large. Get the brisket plate for a good introduction to Texas barbecue, ask for the baked beans as a side and you’ll be blown away and vowing to come back.
Address & telephone number: 611 Stanford St Houston, TX +1 281 777 4441
This is one barbecue establishment where a single order will fill up more than one person; either beware or rejoice! Tender, juicy, smoky meats star alongside the perfect macaroni salad and baked beans to give your taste buds a stellar experience. Don’t worry if you see a long line, as service is organized, quick and professional, making the dining experience that much more agreeable. The burgers are another great option, as they’re 100% local Angus beef. Peach cobbler and Italian ice cream cake are available as homey dessert examples of what good cooking means down south.
Address & telephone number: 6715 Homestead Rd, Houston, TX +1 713 635 6384