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Pappa Charlie’s Barbeque (closed)

The transition from competition barbecue to commercial barbecue can be challenging. Restaurateurs generally have to cook more than once a week, there’s more meat to smoke, and a lot more people need to be pleased than one table of judges. In my experience, shelves full of competition trophies don’t often translate into good barbecue from the menu, which is why Pappa Charlie’s Barbeque in Houston is so remarkable. Owner Wesley Jurena doesn’t exactly have room for any trophies in his small barbecue trailer that can usually be found parked outside Jackson’s Watering Hole, but he’s had plenty of success on the competition trail. Now he’s poised for success of a different kind – restaurant success.

City: Houston


Method: Oak in an indirect heat pit

Pitmaster: Wesley Jurena

Rating: ★★★★

Address: 2012 Rusk St., Houston, TX, 77003

Hours: Tues-Sat 11:30-8, Sun 11:30-6

Phone: (832) 940-1719

Website: www.pappacharliesbbq.com

Year Opened: 2014

Last updated: July 1, 2015