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Pinkerton’s Barbecue (Houston)

This is classic Texas pit barbecue: deeply flavorful, moist, even dreamy. To great effect, Grant Pinkerton starts his meats over mesquite and finishes with white oak. The results are worth a drive. There’s a lodgelike feel to the room and a friendly vibe throughout, with a handwritten menu on butcher paper, wood and stone picnic tables, and big bearded guys manning the line. All the meats we tried were terrific, but the crusty beef rib stood out. Ditto the great brisket, zingy Czech sausage, and inventive sides (like jalapeño cheese rice and mustard potato salad).

City: Houston

Cuisine:

Method: Mesquite and post oak; offset smoker

Pitmaster: Grant Pinkerton, 28

Pro-tip: Stay late and enjoy a cocktail from the bar.

Drinks: Bar

Price: $$

Rating: ★★★

Address: 1504 Airline Dr, Houston, TX, 77009

Hours: Wed & Thur 11–9, Fri & Sat 11–10, Sun 11–9

Phone: (713) 802-2000

Year Opened: 2016

Last updated: October 28, 2021

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