Bar-B-Q has evolved over hundreds of years. German and Czech settlers brought their cooking traditions to Texas in the mid-1800s. Smoking meats in closed pits would allow longer storage and butcher shops became the first Bar-B-Q restaurants. In Texas, beef Bar-B-Q is the most popular, though most restaurants offer a selection of meats for their hungry guests. Traditionally, customers ordered meat by the pound, at a counter and could eat-in or take their orders to-go. Today, many Bar-B-Q restaurants offer seated meals brought to the table by waiters, while others stick to the traditional service. Either way, in Texas it’s hard to go wrong with slow-smoked meal.
Here are four favorite Bar-B-Q purveyors…
Pappas Delta Blues Smokehouse
Delta Blues serves delicious USDA prime meats and traditional Southern fare in a blues-themed atmosphere that creates an unforgettable Bar-B-Q experience. 19901 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX. www.pappasdeltablues.com
Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q
Using the same recipes since they began business, the 100% oak-fired pits combined with time and skill produce extra moist, flavorful brisket, turkey, chicken, ribs, sausage, pulled pork, and prime rib at this self-serve, order at the counter restaurant. Texas Monthly magazine describes Rudy’s Country Store and Bar-B-Q as one of the best Bar-B-Q chains in the state. 21361 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX. www.rudysbbq.com
Texas Pit Stop Prime
This award-winning, family-owned, born on the competition Bar-B-Q trail, restaurant serves up some of the best fork-tender brisket, burgers, ribs, and delicious sides n the region. 20794 Gulf Freeway, Webster, TX. www.txpitstopbbq.com
Ryan’s Smoke House
For the last 20 years, Ryan’s Smoke House has been serving up some of the best Bar-B-Q and friendliest service in the region. This family-owned business has perfected the chopped beef sandwich by adorning it with a unique, mouth-watering sauce. 103 Henrietta Street, Webster, TX.