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Virgie’s Bar-B-Que

Three-plus years ago, Adrian Handsborough converted the neighborhood convenience store his mom, Virgie, ran for 35 years and began cooking over oak and pecan in two small barrels. His brisket, only a tad fatty, smokes for ten to fourteen hours; we could cut ours with a plastic fork. Well-seasoned pork ribs boasted a generous meat-fat ratio, and beef sausage came on slow but strong. Host and dining room were both cheery and inviting.

City: Houston

Cuisine:

Method: Oak; indirect-heat pit

Pitmaster: Adrian Handsborough

Pro-tip: Virgie's is named for Handsborough's mom, who taught him the art of smoking.

BBQ Snob Rating: 4

Address: 5535 N. Gessner, Houston, TX, 77041

Hours: Tue 11-€“2, Wed-€“Fri 11-€“6:30, Sat 11-€“5:30

Phone: 713-466-6525

Website: virgiesbbq.com

Year Opened: 2005

Last updated: May 3, 2013

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