Houston barbecue made a strong showing in the every-five-year Texas Monthly Top 50 Barbecue Joints list released today (the full issue will be on newsstands May 22nd). Five barbecue joints from the area made the cut: Brooks Place BBQ, CorkScrew BBQ, Gatlin’s BBQ, Virgie’s Bar-B-Que and Leon’s World’s Finest BBQ (in Galveston) all got the nod. This is, perhaps, a surprise for some people who aren’t familiar with Houston barbecue. But for those of us who know and celebrate Houston barbecue, it’s no surprise at all.
Congratulations to all and we couldn’t be happier for the people who make it happen: Trent Brooks, Will and Nichole Buckman, Greg Gatlin and family, Adrian Handsborough, and Leon O’Neal. Thanks for all the hard work folks! And, of course, thanks to everyone in Houston barbecue who works day in and day out in to make barbecue.
Disclosure: I was one of the researchers for the Texas Monthly BBQ issue and happily lobbied for Houston barbecue’s rightful place on such an illustrious list. Thanks to Texas Monthly for the opportunity!