The first Feges BBQ opened in Houston’s Greenway Plaza food court, in 2018, with as much emphasis on sides as smoked meats. It hasn’t slowed down since we named it one of the 25 best new barbecue joints in 2019, and a second location, with an even more ambitious menu, opened fifteen minutes away, in the Spring Branch district, earlier this year. There, fried chicken and a porcini-rubbed hanger steak join sweet-glazed pork ribs, Big Red brisket burnt ends, and juicy smoked chicken. Excellent accompaniments include the elote salad and Money Cat potatoes (imagine a potato burnt end bathed in a barbecue sauce made with Korean chile paste). But the spicy Korean greens might be the best barbecue side dish in Texas, so sop up that pot liquor with a wedge of hog-fat cornbread.
Method: Oak; wood-fired rotisserie smoker
Pitmaster: Vince Boisaubin, 32; Hristo Cisneros, 24; Zach Cook, 34; Ozzi Escalante, 21Patrick Feges, 36
Pro-tip: Pair your barbecue with a glass of wine from the thoughtfully curated list.
It might be in a food court, but this Houston joint is the real deal. Don't miss veggie dishes like Moroccan spiced carrots and corn salad.