If the Aue family didn’t put Texas on the map, they at least made it tastier. Max Aue founded the town of Leon Springs, Texas in the 1800s. Years later, his son Rudolph founded Rudy’s, a country store and barbecue joint that eventually spawned more than 30 outposts throughout Texas and the American Southwest. Each one of them possesses a 100% oak-fired BBQ pit that slow cooks tender slabs of meat, adding a smoky flavor and tender texture to every bite. St. Louis pork ribs, lean and moist brisket, and jalapeño sausages are a few examples of the succulent morsels that emerge from the wood-fired pits straight to the plate. Classic sides such as potato salad and corn on the cop prove delicious accomplices, while banana pudding and peach cobbler grant every meal with a sweet and satisfying coda.
Brothers Kevin and Ric Kiersh opened Red River BBQ & Grill as a catering company back in the '90s, and though it still outfits parties with heaps of classic southern comfort food (including a mashed potato bar), customers can now get their barbecue fix at two restaurant locations. Diners can stop in anytime for barbecue spuds and sandwiches, or visit on Monday night to enjoy all-you-can-eat fried chicken and stirring speeches delivered by ribs on the campaign trail. If customers don't opt for brisket, spicy sausage, and pork ribs still sizzling from their stay in the wood-fired pits, they can order steaks and fried shrimp. Sides include potato salad and beer-battered onion rings.
The cuisine team at Brisket Bar-BQ grills up a menu chock-full of down-home barbecue fare. Ravenous guests can quench hunger with a brisket barbecue sampler ($10.25) or a plate of shred-ready ribs ($9.25), each of which arrives with a choice of two sides—beans, potato salad, coleslaw, Cajun rice, fries, mashed potatoes, or corn. Brisket Bar-BQ also concocts succulent barbecue chicken and turkey baked potatoes buttressed by a blend of butter, cheese, sour cream, bacon, and chives ($7.25), plus hearty homemade chili ($4.45), which is emphatically ladled into large, hand-warming bowls.
When husband-and-wife team Otto and Annie Sofka first founded Otto's Barbecue and Hamburgers in 1950, they never dreamed barbecue would become the meat and potatoes of the family's livelihood. The small corner grocery store specialized in canned and boxed goods—that is until Annie started cooking up hamburgers at the request of hungry regulars. As the popularity of Annie’s burgers grew, the store’s shelves were cleared out to make room for tables and chairs to accommodate the growing lines of customers. Within two years, the Sofkas were officially in the burger business. By the ’60s, they were ready to add old family barbecue recipes to the menu, and Otto’s has been a favorite pit stop for Houston barbecue lovers ever since.
Three generations have now manned the kitchen at Otto’s, satisfying customers as varied as George Bush Sr., Liberace, and George Foreman with barbecue that has been smoked in a hickory grill for 18 hours. Chefs pair seven meat choices, including beef brisket, slow-smoked pork ribs, and sausage links, with a range of homestyle sides and giant stuffed potatoes, creating full meals that showcase the flavors of the South better than an art installation built from chicken-fried steaks. The chefs at Otto’s also serve up their own line of bottled sodas, ensuring enough frothy root beer, orange soda, and cream soda to wash down the saucy eats.
Chow down on ribs, slaw and more at Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue, a down-home barbecue joint in Houston. You won't find any low-fat fare here, though, so leave some room to indulge. Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal. Youngsters are more than welcome to join mom and dad at Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue. Find ample room to enjoy yourself at Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue — this spot caters to large groups.
Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie. If time is of the essence, Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue's take-out option may be a better fit. If you're hoping to make a smashing impression at your next soiree, you can also have Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue cater for you.
For drivers, a nearby lot is available for use.
You'll typically spend about $30 per person to dine at Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue, so plan your budget accordingly. You can stop by at practically any time, since Pizzitola's Bar-B-Cue serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Enjoy finger-licking barbecue year-round at BBQ Tonite Restaurant in Houston. BBQ Tonite Restaurant is also a good option for those with special dietary needs, offering both low-fat and gluten-free items on the menu. Decibels can approach upper limits at this restaurant, so it's best to leave quiet conversation for another time.
Wear what you like when you dine at BBQ Tonite Restaurant — the restaurant has a chill vibe just right for casual dining. If you need to get somewhere fast, the restaurant also serves up grub to go. Throwing a big party? Count on BBQ Tonite Restaurant to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
The menu at BBQ Tonite Restaurant is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all on BBQ Tonite Restaurant's menu — you can stop by whenever the moment's right for you.