Dining “Out” at Home in Houston: 5 Must Try Takeout BBQ Spots

Feges BBQ | Photo: Robert Jacob Lerma

Per Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen Texas, restaurants are among the businesses allowed to open back up. But as we all continue safe social distancing practices, many restaurants have chosen to continue to offer ways for you to “dine out” at home, rocking some mighty fine takeout and delivery options. In our “Dining ‘Out’ at Home” series, we’ll cover some of the best to-go options in town, from the juicy burgers that hold up in transit to restaurants bringing happy hour to your door.

Houston’s barbecue scene is as hot as ever, even in this time of pandemic. These local pitmasters prove just that, offering fat-melting brisket and ribs, crazy good sausages and smoked birds, and smokehouse sides and sweets that you can eat in the comfort of your own home.

5 Must Try Takeout BBQ Spots

  • Blood Bros. BBQ in BellaireBrothers Robin and Terry Wong teamed up with best pal Quy Hoang to create this next-level barbecue joint, which takes inspiration from the trio’s Asian heritage as well as Bayou City traditions. Dig into outside-the-box specials like thit nuong pork belly burnt ends, bulgogi beef cheek scallion pancake, gochujang glazed pork ribs, and smoked turkey banh mi. Order in store, or place bulk orders in advance online.
  • Feges BBQ in Greenway Plaza (and more) – This cult favorite comes from husband and wife team Patrick Feges and Erin Smith, offering a modern approach to barbecue that is a welcome addition to the Houston scene. Currently, you can find the dynamic duo serving up the good stuff at their location in Greenway Plaza during Monday to Friday lunch, and offering bulk bbq at a pop-ups at Urban Harvest Farmers Market on Saturday mornings and in the parking lot of their soon-to-come location in the Spring Branch Village Shopping Center on Sundays. Order yourself some smoked barbacoa with Big Red glaze, whole hog with hog fat cornbread and TX gold sauce, chilled and vacuum sealed packs of beef ribs, pulled pork, and smoked sausage, and sides from braised collards to pimento mac + cheese. Place your order and find pickup instructions online.
  • Gatlin’s BBQ in Oak ForestOnline ordering is now available for pitmaster Greg Gatlin’s soulful, grade-A barbecue. Score moist, tender brisket, full racks of spare and baby back ribs, colossal beef ribs, snappy sausages, and house favorites like the Kitchen Sink bbq sandwich and raspberry habanero wangz, plus sides including smoked corn, candied yams, baked beans, and dirty rice. You’ll receive a text when your order is ready to be picked up from the “Yummy Box,” an easy, fun contactless pickup solution.
  • Pinkerton’s Barbecue in the HeightsHead honcho Grant Pinkerton is Houston born and raised, infatuated with meat, smoke, and Texas tradition from a young age. Today, he’s living out his dream at his namesake barbecue joint off Airline, where you’ll find fatty, fall-apart tender prime brisket, candy glazed pork ribs, smoked boudin and sides like South Texas beans, jalapeño cheese rice, and smoked duck & sausage jambalaya. Place orders for contactless pickup online, and don’t forget a slice of Aunt Ruby’s blueberry cobbler.  
  • Truth BBQ in Washington Corridor Coming by way of Brenham, this smokehouse brought fantastic barbecue straight to Washington Ave. Order online and you can treat yourself to meltingly tender chopped and slice brisket, smoked turkey and jalapeño cheddar sausage, brisket boudin and fall-off-the-bone pork rib. Add tater tot casserole, corn pudding, and Brussels sprouts, plus some carrot cake or banana pudding for good measure.
Truth BBQ | Photo: Robert Jacob Lerma

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Brooke Viggiano is a food and lifestyle writer residing in Houston. When she's not contributing to publications like 365 Things to Do in Houston, Thrillist Houston and the Houston Press, she's on the hunt for the coolest happenings in the city. You can follow her musings on Twitter @BrookeViggiano .