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Brooks’ Place

Brooks’s own style borrows from the Southern tradition of pork-centric barbecue, but he combines it with a mastery of smoked beef that is usually limited to Central Texas. In time, even the most skeptical of Houston ’cue hounds were making regular trips to Cypress to taste Brooks’s brisket. It’s minimally trimmed—an anomaly in Houston barbecue, where “fat” is a four-letter word—resulting in moist, perfectly rendered meat with a crusty, jiggly fat cap still attached. Ribs and sausage are top-notch too. Kicked-up baked beans redolent of oregano and simple, fresh-made garlic potatoes round out the menu.

City: Cypress


Method: Red oak, pecan, hickory, and mesquite; indirect-heat pit

Pitmaster: Trent Brooks

Pro-tip: Look for the Ace Hardware sign; you'll never see the trailer.

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 18020 FM 529, Cypress, TX, 77433

Hours: Wed-€“Sat 11-€“7, Sun 11-€“5

Phone: 832-893-1682

Website: brooksplacebbq.com

Year Opened: 2009

Last updated: May 3, 2013