Jackson Street Barbecue – Downtown Houston

Literally in the shadow of Minute Maid Park, home of the 2017 world champion Houston Astros, sits a unique barbecue joint that has been around for a few years (since 2015). Jackson Street Barbecue is really targeted at fans getting ready to attend an Astros or a Houston Dynamo game – or a potentially longer walk for the workweek lunchtime crowd. Pretty much everyone who knows Houston barbecue knows the name Greg Gatlin – of Gatlin Barbecue fame. He joined forces to open this place with his high school buddy, Bryan Caswell. Jackson Street does some excellent barbecue. The building itself is very spacious, comfortable and well laid out. There is a good selection of both smoked meats and sides. I was very happy to see that they had a special that was made just for me. They call it “The Trinity” – a 3-meat combination of brisket, sausage and pork ribs that all comes with a single side.

The brisket was outstanding – very reminiscent of Gatlin’s BBQ. I of course asked for fatty rather than lean – and was not disappointed. The bark was excellent. It had a great smoke ring and well-rendered fat. They use mostly post oak, with some Texas pecan mixed in. And the only thing in the brisket rub is salt and pepper. The pork ribs were good as well. They were nicely done without being oversteamed. The meat pulled away from the bone very nicely without just falling off. The bark was great and the flavor was superb. The German-style sausage was good, but my least favorite of the three. It comes from a very reputable supplier – Ruffino Meats out of Bryan – but the casing was a bit too chewy and difficult to cut. But the flavor and grind were excellent. For my side, they must have seen me coming. I am such a sucker for creamed corn. Their rendition was outstanding, with a bit of jalapeno added for some kick, but not overly spicy.

All in all I was very pleased with my experience at Jackson Street BBQ. I’d definitely go back if I’m headed down to cheer on the ‘Stros or the Dynamo.

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