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Chenernator
12-23-2009, 03:13 PM
I'm visiting my folks (who've gone vegan :eek:) for Christmas in the Houston area, and I need some help finding some good smoked meat. They, obviously, can't make any recommendations. They're located in the Woodlands/Conroe part of the area. Any suggestions (besides the obvious - a Brother's back yard)?

paperboy98
12-23-2009, 03:27 PM
I'm visiting my folks (who've gone vegan :eek:) for Christmas in the Houston area, and I need some help finding some good smoked meat. They, obviously, can't make any recommendations. They're located in the Woodlands/Conroe part of the area. Any suggestions (besides the obvious - a Brother's back yard)?
I posted the same question a few months ago and the most frequent answer was Goode and Company, with a few locations in Houston. I went twice and regretted each visit. For me, it was a typical restaurant BBQ.

I kept driving by a place called Bakers Ribs on Voss and finally stopped in. I was delighted at the quality, texture and taste of the ribs. On another visit I had the pulled pork and have ordered it on repeat visits. They also have a variety of tasty side dishes as well.

Everybody has different expectations and definitions of what tastes good, but for me, Bakers Ribs is the only place I go when in Houston. Others have recommended Pappas Brothers BBQ, but I have not tried it.

Good luck and Merry Christmas.
Randy Smith

paperboy98
12-23-2009, 03:28 PM
I posted the same question a few months ago and the most frequent answer was Goode and Company, with a few locations in Houston. I went twice and regretted each visit. For me, it was a typical restaurant BBQ.

I kept driving by a place called Bakers Ribs on Voss and finally stopped in. I was delighted at the quality, texture and taste of the ribs. On another visit I had the pulled pork and have ordered it on repeat visits. They also have a variety of tasty side dishes as well.

Everybody has different expectations and definitions of what tastes good, but for me, Bakers Ribs is the only place I go when in Houston. Others have recommended Pappas Brothers BBQ, but I have not tried it.

Good luck and Merry Christmas.
Randy Smith
If you try Bakers, PM me to report your experience.
Paperboy98

txschutte
12-23-2009, 03:48 PM
There's a place on 610 north eastbound. I think its east of the TC Jester exit, next to the Home Depot. Called Steve's, I think. Best BBQ Stuffed taters, evr. Stay away from Pappas BBQ.

You could go north to Huntsville. New Zion Baptist Church BBQ.

thillin
12-23-2009, 04:26 PM
Not sure how far away, but try Burn's BBQ. It near Klose's shop.

JamesTX
12-23-2009, 04:30 PM
I don't usually recommend chains, but I do like Rudy's. This one will be up in your area - http://www.rudys.com/SearchResults.aspx?GeoLat=30.0314279&GeoLong=-95.5302337&distance=30 .

Dustaway
12-23-2009, 04:56 PM
I would go to Burns BBQ
8307 De Priest Street
Houston, TX 77088-6215
(281) 445-7574

But you also could go to Rudy's BBQ they have a location very close to you at 2920 & 45 north

Cooter
12-23-2009, 05:37 PM
Since I live on the other side of town, I never been here, but I hear good things about New Zion Missionary Baptist Church Barbeque, 2601 Montgomery Rd, Huntsville, TX 77343, (936) 295-8856. Maybe another brother could confirm.

It's up the road a piece, in Huntsville. But Huntsville is probably closer than many of the places in Houston. Since it's run by a church I'd call to make sure they are open before I went.

It's sad that there aren't very many great bbq joints in Houston, lots of mediocre and a few bad ones but few great joints.

Chenernator
12-26-2009, 11:44 AM
I would go to Burns BBQ
8307 De Priest Street
Houston, TX 77088-6215
(281) 445-7574

But you also could go to Rudy's BBQ they have a location very close to you at 2920 & 45 north

Anything good near you in Tomball? I'm always suspicious of chains.

jeffjenkins1
12-27-2009, 09:05 PM
[QUOTE=Cooter;1122992]Since I live on the other side of town, I never been here, but I hear good things about New Zion Missionary Baptist Church Barbeque, 2601 Montgomery Rd, Huntsville, TX 77343, (936) 295-8856. Maybe another brother could confirm.
QUOTE]

Never been but Donny posted this video before. It was voted best BBQ in the world, LOL. I plan on going there when I visit my cuzin in 2011.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYGRdZGGIeg&feature=fvw

Jeff

barbefunkoramaque
12-28-2009, 10:06 AM
I officially post my link to some of the best que in the area.

http://www.youtube.com/user/GoodVittlesSociety#p/c/D9FD94DA67FAC0D4/4/mfgvnPHBOXw

Click to check it out.

East on EXIT 114 on 45. About a MILE. Closed Monday and Tuesday - maybe even longer. Go early, this is not a place to arrive late at.

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
12-28-2009, 10:35 AM
[QUOTE=Cooter;1122992]Since I live on the other side of town, I never been here, but I hear good things about New Zion Missionary Baptist Church Barbeque, 2601 Montgomery Rd, Huntsville, TX 77343, (936) 295-8856. Maybe another brother could confirm.
QUOTE]

Never been but Donny posted this video before. It was voted best BBQ in the world, LOL. I plan on going there when I visit my cuzin in 2011.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dYGRdZGGIeg&feature=fvw

Jeff

I believe that they have changed their name to "Church Barbecue" and am not sure what that means. Anyone closeby who knows?

barbefunkoramaque
12-28-2009, 11:00 AM
[QUOTE=jeffjenkins1;1126842]

I believe that they have changed their name to "Church Barbecue" and am not sure what that means. Anyone closeby who knows?

I got that personally as well. "We are unaffiliated with the Zion Church."

I head a Charity at my church as well. I have seen some rules that are kinda weird lately in regards to non-profits and also the heath department since I began ramping up the BBQ events.

Health Department -

For instance we do a Church BBQ every Third Sunday of some kind and I do a lot of advertising. The Church also cooks a luncheon every Wednesday for the town's rotary. I participate at times as well.

Now normally they used to leave us alone. I follow all the rules of course.

However, one day, DURING A FUNERAL in which the ladies of the Nurturing committee always prepare a little reception in the Life Center, these ladies all collected the various dishes and stuff IN the HD approved Kitchen to keep them warm before serving. Its a covered dish affair. the Inspector came in and gave THEM an ultimatum - either throw away all the dishes immediately not kept at proper temperature or be written up for those infractions. In addition, the HD wanted all the volunteers to wear hair nets. This threw a HUGE wrench in the whole "old lady kitchen help" thing I had going on.

There was one caveat by the HD when I tlaked to them. If all dishes were collected in the Fellowship Hall and distributed THERE instead of in the kitchen we would be all good. The flaw in the logic was, we had no way in the fellowship hall to keep things warm and as a result you could gaurantee someone's dish would be served at the wrong temp. The HD official said "that would not be our problem, what happens in the official kitchen is."

So as a result, I nearly had MY entire project nixed (in which I followed the rules) due to concerned raised by a group that doesn'ty follow the rules. SECOND - our church will also hold functions for other in which an outside Caterer may be hired by the person renting our facilities. That puts us in a bind as well - I walked in and saw something out of line once and had a chit fit - THE caterer tried to insist they would take the brunt of the HD if anything happened but it does not work that way.

Taxes - I don't actually even want to get into this other than to say - at some point, in rasing funds for a building fund for my church, i could not GIVE AWAY a BRISKET that was cooked for that purpose to a family in our church who had a death. Tax reason were cited.

So, with all this under consideration, hopefully you can see why in a CHURCH thing, they may want to be "unaffilated."

For instance, that actual payment for the labor. At some point someone is making a profit... a big no no. Of say your leader is taking NO salary for his services but you need to "Hire" a temp staff to serve. Remember, CHURCH BBQ is open like 5 days a week. Volunteeering gets old after a while. You cannot hide under the Church Umbrella and do this - PLUS under the table stuff is highhly scrutinized these days due to abuses.

So--the BBQ people still want to donate to the church, which is entirely up to them. By establishing another SEPARATE charity - unaffilaated - they can do what they want - say - pay the person that runs it AND donate to the church or to a baseball team or whatever.

Bigmista
12-28-2009, 11:04 AM
Not sure how far away, but try Burn's BBQ. It near Klose's shop.

Is that the one Dave Klose takes everyone to? Looks like a house?

Dustaway
12-28-2009, 12:04 PM
Is that the one Dave Klose takes everyone to? Looks like a house?

Yes it is and yes it is an old house converted to BBQ joint


Sorry Chenernator just seen your reply not any I would recommend :wink:

Against The Grain
12-28-2009, 01:34 PM
I would do the church bbq but if you go south try Thelma's bbq or Blakes bbq.

Chenernator
12-31-2009, 09:52 PM
Sorry Chenernator just seen your reply not any I would recommend :wink:

No worries, although it might have influenced my decision to check out the Harris County Smokehouse (HCS).

On that topic, with limited transportation, I didn't have the chance to get to Huntsville for the New Zion Missionary Baptist BBQ, and had to settle for something along my route. So here's the review:

HCS serves their BBQ cafeteria style, so who knows how long something has been out of the smoker. You can order 1, 2 or 3 meat platters with two sides. They offer spare ribs, brisket, chicken, pulled pork, and link sausage. We tried the ribs, brisket, and pork. The pork was fair - moist, but no flavor, no bark, and no evidence of smoke. On the whole, not surprising, since I've never had good pork in Texas. Brisket was okay, but again not a whole lot of flavor. Both the pork and brisket had a thin, undistinguished sauce added. The ribs were the best. Meat pulled off the bone (overdone by KCBS standards), but was not mushy. They came with totally different sauce that was much better than what they dumped on the brisket and pork.

Sides included the usual potato salad, coleslaw, corn, baked beans etc. but also fried okra, stewed okra (with peppers and tomatoes), ranch beans, green beans, steamed vegetables, baked potato, and fresh fruit. The stewed okra was definitely the best of the lot. In addition to the above, they offered some very good rye rolls, white rolls, cornbread made with creamed corn, and cornbread with jalapenos. Typical of Texas BBQ, they also offered all the dill pickles, onions, jalapenos, chili peppers, and boiled peanuts that you could want.

Overall grade: B-/C+

As an aside, I also had the chance to eat at the Rainbow Lodge. It's not BBQ, but definitely good eats, with lots of game like venison, antelope, quail, duck, boar, bison, etc. I had a killer bison tenderloin, and my wife's chocolate creme brulee was amazing. I highly recommend it.

Cooter
01-01-2010, 11:59 AM
Rainbow Lodge.... YYYYYuuuuuuuMMMMMMM! But, big bucks....

Dustaway
01-01-2010, 03:53 PM
Your evaluation of HCS was spot on when we go I just stick to the breakfast stuff

and the Rainbow lodge is good the fench restaurant that was their before was good also

Chenernator
01-01-2010, 08:56 PM
Rainbow Lodge.... YYYYYuuuuuuuMMMMMMM! But, big bucks....

True, but I wasn't paying :biggrin:

Contracted Cookers
01-01-2010, 09:05 PM
Didn't no Texas had real B.B.Q. turn around and head to MISSOURI .