2. The Brisket House There was a lot of debate going on in the comments between fans of the Brisket House and Baker's Ribs. And as I said, it came down to one vote. So I'd say we can pretty much call this one a tie. I mean, what's not to like about brisket, brisket and more brisket? At The Brisket House, the meats are smoked over a combination of oak and pecan wood for at least 15 hours to make sure it's all saturated with that great barbecue flavor. And the owner, Wayne Kammerl is a damn nice fella. During the debate about The Brisket House versus Baker's Ribs, he chimed in, writing: "This is the owner of The Brisket House. I just wanted to say that I am good friends with Russell at Bakers Ribs and he is a great guy. And they do a fine job! We all in the BBQ Community support and help one another anytime we can." Awww.
1. Baker's Ribs Remember, kids. ONE VOTE. Let's not get too cocky. Oh, who are we kidding, congrats, Baker's Ribs! Even in beef-happy Texas, a barbecue joint with a pig as a mascot came out on top. The company was originally founded in Dallas in 1988, and now has franchises elsewhere in Texas, including the one here in Houston. Baker's Ribs smokes with hickory wood and, unsurprisingly, is known for its pork ribs, which are prepared "St. Louis style." I personally love the joint because its one of the few places in town you can get pulled pork. I realize pulled pork isn't very Texan, but heavens it's tasty! After wading through all the vitriol in the comments, I think commenter morrowenterprises summed up Baker's Ribs most eloquently: "BAKER'S RIBS!!! BEST TEXAS BBQ BY FAR!!!"