77彩票网appA handful of Houston-area barbecue joints have been singled out as some of the best smoked meat dishes of 2019 according to Texas Monthly.

77彩票网appIn his end-of-year list of Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn found much to praise in the Houston area, singling out barbecue in Houston, Katy and Galveston among the 16 best things he ate last year.

Here’s what scored locally:

Beef Short Rib at Brett’s BBQ 77彩票网app, Katy: Owner/pitmaster Brett Jackson “served me one of the best ones I’ve ever eaten,” Vaughn wrote of this small, booming barbecue joint. “Brett’s hits the sweet spot of doneness and flavor balance” with a powerful dose of black pepper. .

Brisket Grilled Cheese at Buck’s Barbecue Co., Galveston: “At Buck’s, they start with Texas toast slathered in garlic butter and use house-made pimento cheese,” Vaughn writes. “A few slices of brisket go in between for a sandwich that’s hard to define, but get a few bites into the gooey concoction and you won’t care if it should technically be called a grilled cheese or not.” .

Smoked Chicken and Rice at Khoi Barbecue, Houston: “The chicken is brined, lightly smoked, and then sliced for the dish,” Vaughn writes. “It’s topped with a modified yuzu kosho, a garnish of minced Thai chiles, ginger, garlic and citrus. The base is a bowl of perfectly cooked rice fortified with chicken fat. .

Brisket Puffy Tacos at Los Muertos BBQ, Katy:77彩票网app “Owner Rick Muniz fries the raw masa into puffy tacos, then stuffs them with well-smoked brisket, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and slices of fresh avocado,” Vaughn writes. .

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