Highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Houston

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August 12, 2022
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Highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Houston

Cooking meat low and slow over an indirect heat source—the only real qualifications for barbecue—is a truly American tradition, going back to indigenous cultures and picked up by early Spanish colonizers who also gave it the name the cooking style goes by now: barbacoa. Today, barbecue is a wildly popular staple across the U.S., with many cities and regions boasting their own take (and all claiming to have the best). Because barbecue meat spends hours upon hours cooking, restaurants are a go-to source for many Americans who would rather not spend all day and all night tending to their flames. Stacker compiled a list of the highest-rated barbecue restaurants in Houston on Tripadvisor. Tripadvisor rankings factor in the average rating and number of reviews. Some restaurants on the list may have recently closed.

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#30. Pappas Bar-B-Q

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (51 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (3.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 4430 I-45 North, Houston, TX 77022
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#29. It's Ribs

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (38 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 11035 Jones Rd, Houston, TX 77070-6301
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#28. Houston Barbecue Company

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (63 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1127 Eldridge Pkwy #400, Houston, TX 77077-1771
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#27. SouthernQ BBQ and Catering

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (28 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 411 W Richey Rd, Houston, TX 77090
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#26. Demeris Bar-B-Q

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (47 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1702 West Loop N Ste A, Houston, TX 77008-3006
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#25. Pappas Bar-B-Q

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (90 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 8560 Gulf Fwy, Houston, TX 77017
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#24. Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (78 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1703 Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77007-2242
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#23. The Brisket House

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (33 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 3301 Cypress Creek Pkwy, Houston, TX 77068-3603
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#22. Spring Creek Barbeque

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (34 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 5935 Highway 6 N, Houston, TX 77084-1835
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#21. Goode Company Barbeque

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (120 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 20102 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77065-4967
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#20. Pappas Bar-B-Q

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (108 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1217 Pierce St., Houston, TX 77002
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#19. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (97 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Japanese, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 510 Gray St Ste A, Houston, TX 77002-8690
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#18. Roegels Barbecue Co

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (86 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 2223 S Voss Rd, Houston, TX 77057-3800
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#17. Burns Original BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (47 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $
- Address: 8307 De Priest St, Houston, TX 77088-6215
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#16. Triple J's Smokehouse

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (45 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 6715 Homestead Rd, Houston, TX 77028-5046
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#15. Truth BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (53 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 110 S Heights Blvd, Houston, TX 77007-5807
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#14. Goode Company BBQ

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (199 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Southwestern
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 8911 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77024
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#13. Stockyard Bar-B-Q

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (100 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 6504 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77057-5102
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#12. Pappas Bar-B-Q

- Rating: 3.5 / 5 (254 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (3.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 8777 South Main, Houston, TX 77025
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#11. Central Texas Bar-B-Q

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (73 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $
- Address: 8101 Airport Blvd Ste 39, Houston, TX 77061-4138
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#10. Luling City Market

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (163 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.0/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (3.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 4726 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77027
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#9. Ray's Bbq Shack

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (99 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 4529 Old Spanish Trl, Houston, TX 77021
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#8. Hickory Hollow

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (279 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Southwestern
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 8038 Fallbrook Dr Central Houston and Surrounding Area, Houston, TX 77064-3419
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#7. Gatlin's BBQ

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (300 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (3.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 3510 Ella Blvd, Houston, TX 77018-6104
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#6. The Brisket House

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (178 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $
- Address: 5775 Woodway Dr, Houston, TX 77057-1501
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#5. Goode Company BBQ

- Rating: 4.0 / 5 (1,049 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.0/5), Value (4.0/5), Atmosphere (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 5109 Kirby Drive, Houston, TX 77098
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#4. Jackson Street Bbq

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (206 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Barbecue, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 209 Jackson St, Houston, TX 77002-2228
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#3. Rudy's

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (383 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.5/5), Atmosphere (4.5/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 14620 Northwest Fwy, Houston, TX 77040-4031
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#2. The Pit Room

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (347 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: Quick Bites, American
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1201 Richmond Ave, Houston, TX 77006-5423
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#1. Pinkerton's Barbecue

- Rating: 4.5 / 5 (155 reviews)
- Detailed ratings: Food (4.5/5), Service (4.5/5), Value (4.0/5)
- Type of cuisine: American, Barbecue
- Price: $$ - $$$
- Address: 1504 Airline Dr, Houston, TX 77009-3606
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