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Killen’s Barbecue

Photographs by Jody Horton

Nearly four years after Killen’s opened its doors, it’s still going strong, with a line of hungry eaters waiting for its 11 a.m. weekday opening. Our turn at the ordering counter came just as a monstrously large slab of brisket was plopped down on the carving board, a sight (and aroma) to behold, with its blackened, crusty rub ready to conjoin with one of the three barbecue sauces (coffee, sweet, and tangy). The meat all but falls off the pork ribs, adorned with a just-right outer crust. Sides are a must, especially the creamed corn with butter, which is to die for—or die from, if you overdo it.

City: Pearland


Method: Post oak, hickory, and pecan; wood-fired rotisserie

Pitmaster: Manny Torres

Pro-tip: Fried chicken on Sundays pleases non-beef eaters.

Drinks: Beer

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 3613 E. Broadway, Pearland, TX, 77581

Hours: L Tue–Sun.

Phone: 281-485-2272

Website: killensbarbecue.com/

Year Opened: 2014

Last updated: July 16, 2017