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New BBQ in Houston: Pierson and Co.

Mikeflan | May 27, 200805:05 PM

Hey gang-

Not sure if this has been covered or not, but a new bar-b-que stand opened up in my neck of the woods, close to T.C. Jester and Tidwell on the NW side of town. It's Pierson and Company, at 5110 T.C. Jester, phone 713-683-6997. Now, I've had a sinking feeling in my gut ever since Williams Smokehouse burned down last year, as I've never been a fan of most of the cue in Houston. Specifically, I hate the sauce at Thelma's (too sweet), I find Goode Company to be terribly underwhelming in all respects, and the chain joints are... well... chain joints. If I had to pick, it would be Luling City Market off Richmond (or more accurately, off W. Gray as well); they are inconsistant, but with sauce that good, it makes up for it.

Imagine my suprise as I drove past and saw Pierson and Company. Bar-b-que that's new to me, and only three blocks from a turn I've taken once a week for four years: slam on the brakes. Fifteen minutes and $15 later, I had a pound of brisket and a quart of beans.

It smelled great.

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much. Too many food disappointments in my life, with bar-b-que leading the assault. Pierson's was good. Damned good. The sauce was smoky and not overly sweet, the brisket was very good, and suprisingly enough, a side dish stole the show. The baked beans were a revelation, with chunks of meat and a great flavor. Two thumbs up. It's not Lockhart good, but better than most anything else in the city.

Check it out. It might have been just a great day, where the stars aligned, but it was worth a second (and third) visit.


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