Folks coming to Texas tend to know a little about what type of food to expect. It’s going spicy, rich, and it will fill you up. There’s probably going to be some Mexican influence. And there’s definitely going to be a lot of meat dishes.
Even as Houston grows its reputation as an increasingly deliciously diverse destination, one cuisine remains a stereotypical standout — and for good reason. Barbecue here is smoky and seasoned and saucy. It’s mostly beef, largely informed by the culture and traditions of the German and Czech immigrants who settled in the middle part of the state in the 1800s. And, of course, there’s plenty of Mexican-style barbacoa to be found here, too. This is Pearland, Texas barbecue — and it might not be at the top of your culinary bucket list right now, but it should be.