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    Houston BBQ: Chowhound BBQ Smackdown

    Seems there was a bit of Houston BBQ competition last weekend at Pearl Bar. They judged brisket and pork ribs.

    Here were the winners. Click the link to read more about the competition.

    Brisket
    1. Pierson's
    2. Burns BBQ
    3. Luling City Market
    4. Swinging Door
    5. Goode Company
    6. Kozy Kitchen

    Pierson easily won the brisket category, with Burns BBQ a somewhat distant second. The judges were surprised at the last and second-to-last place winners, with Kozy Kitchen's brisket being called "rubbery and nearly inedible" and Goode Company's only "mediocre at best."

    Ribs
    1. Luling City Market
    2. Pierson's
    3. Burns BBQ
    4. The Swinging Door
    5. Goode Company
    6. Kozy Kitchen (tied for fifth place)
    Luling City Market (not to be confused with the original Luling Bar-B-Q in Luling, Texas) barely edged out Pierson in the ribs category, with Goode Company and Kozy Kitchen once again rounding out the bottom in a tie for fifth-place. Houstonist advises sticking with the turkey or wild game when taking out-of-towners (or just yourself) to Goode Company, and avoiding Kozy Kitchen altogether if you want good barbeque.

    You may notice that some of your favorite restaurants aren't listed here. "Why," you may inquire, "isn't Pappas listed? Where is Demeris? Or Thelma's? Or that young upstart Virgie's?" Houstonist has those answers for you, too:
    • The Smackdown coordinators could only choose six out of about eight hundred barbeque joints in town, so some cuts had to be made.
    • Thelma's and Virgie's were originally two of the six competitors.[list:25669b1e1d]
    • However, the proprietor of Thelma's was allegedly so ugly to the head Chowhound when she attempted to place an order (in person), that the Chowhounds decided anyone who was that rude didn't deserve any business or publicity.
    • Virgie's did them one worse, by accepting the huge order and even confiming it the day before, but closing up shop when the Chowhound courier went to pick up the order on the day of. Luckily, an alternate competitor -- Goode Company -- was able to put together the enormous to-go order with only twenty minutes notice.
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    interesting, thanks for posting

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    Damn. I was hoping there would be a review of Virgie's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ERhine
    Damn. I was hoping there would be a review of Virgie's.
    yeah looks like there was a miscommunication on when they would be open and picking up the que. maybe they'll get on the same page next year.

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    How did I not know about this event?

    On a side note, I kind of miss the days when noone knew about Pearl Bar.

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    I agree with Goode Company being mediocre at best.

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    That sounds about right. The only place on the list I go to with any regularity is Luling City Market, and I think their brisket is good but not great, and their ribs are wonderful.

    Their sausage steals the show, imho. freaking amazing.

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    just dont go to pearl on friday or saturday night

    that's the only time its slammed

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    I go to Pearl b/c one of the chicks in my law class bartends there sometimes. Or did last semester. Sean Penn was there once a few weeks ago. Some dumb bitch whose father told her she was a republican accosted him and started shouting traitor, traitor in his face. I dont really like that guy but $#@! man, he just wants to get a beer and this stupid drunk $#@! is making a scene. Kind of figured out being famous might not be all that great.

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    im a big fan of swinging door; we have events catered by them all the time

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    Re: Houston BBQ: Chowhound BBQ Smackdown

    Quote Originally Posted by Viper
    [*]Thelma's and Virgie's were originally two of the six competitors.
    • However, the proprietor of Thelma's was allegedly so ugly to the head Chowhound when she attempted to place an order (in person), that the Chowhounds decided anyone who was that rude didn't deserve any business or publicity.
    Sounds like Thelma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mycoxaphlopin
    How did I not know about this event?

    On a side note, I kind of miss the days when noone knew about Pearl Bar.
    you mean like a few months back when it was still Mary Janes?

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    I dont really like that guy but $#@! man, he just wants to get a beer and this stupid drunk $#@! is making a scene.
    And I want to watch a movie without having to think about what an uneducated douchebag someone is, but we don't all get what we want

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    i saw the arcade fire there when it was mary janes. that didnt suck at all

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    I never never went to Mary Janes, well maybe once when I was really drunk and don't remember too much.

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    Pierson's is great. Best brisket in the city.

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