Gatlin's BBQ

(Now Closed)
BBQ Joint
1221 W 19th St, Houston, TX 77008, United States
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch
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  • barbecue
  • ribs
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  • peach cobbler
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  • potato salad
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  • Jacob A.

    Dear god in heaven this might be the best BBQ in Houston. Ribs fell off the bone, char on the brisket was perfect, and I'm not a fan of sauce at all but DAMN!

    Jacob A · January 4
  • Ricardo A.

    Ribs are just amazing!!!

    Ricardo Arana · December 25, 2014
  • Laura

    Ribs that fall off the bone and very moist brisket! I don't think u can go wrong with any of the meats here. Dirty rice and cole slaw are good. Ranch beans were ok. Amazing family friendly hospitality

    Laura · November 4, 2014
  • Jeff N.

    Best BBQ in Houston! Long lines, order ahead for to-go and you'll still be waiting.

    Jeff N · October 1, 2014
  • Batiste K.

    This BBQ joint is the best in town. Dry rub spare ribs awesome.

    Batiste Kevin · September 23, 2014
  • Sonia D.

    The ribs are awesome!

    Sonia Duplechain · September 12, 2014
  • Phil L.

    Brisket. Dirty rice.

    Phil Lakin · September 7, 2014
  • David C.

    One of my fav places for BBQ in #HTX. Mary is so sweet. Also fmr Pres Bush approves.

    David Cintron · August 16, 2014
  • Serious Eats

    Get a chopped brisket sandwich--this is where all the juice, burnt ends, and extra fat that falls off the slices ends up.

    Serious Eats · August 15, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Grant Gordon, chef of Tony's, eats here on his nights off. He loves the Brisket. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 5, 2014
  • Houston Press

    Housed in a tiny converted house on 19th Street in the Heights, Gatlin's is a Houston Proud kind of place. Read more

    Houston Press · August 4, 2014
  • Houston Chronicle

    Inside track: As at Corkscrew, prepare to wait with grace. Read more

    Houston Chronicle · August 3, 2014
  • Houston Chronicle

    Don't miss: sliced fatty-side brisket sandwich; homemade spicy sausage; pork spare ribs; chopped-brisket stuffed potato; dirty rice; peach cobbler. Read more

    Houston Chronicle · August 3, 2014
  • Allen A.

    The chicken is just ok. A little dry unless you dunk it in sauce.

    Allen Arcade · June 1, 2014
  • Allen A.

    Brisket and ribs: the legit combo

    Allen Arcade · June 1, 2014
  • Allen A.

    This is now my favorite brisket in Houston. I followed another customer's and asked for "burn ins" with the it. Also the spicy deer sausage is nice and lean. BBQ sauce is ok.

    Allen Arcade · May 21, 2014
  • Lee M.

    Call your order in over the phone and you can cut in front of the huge line of people waiting to order.

    Lee McKinney · April 24, 2014
  • Andrew R.

    Best BBQ in Houston.

    Andrew Rochman · January 29, 2014
  • Mary L.

    Best in town!

    Mary Larson · January 6, 2014
  • Liz T.

    Yes, the ribs are good. Yes, the brisket is good. The spicy sausage is also delicious. But I will have dreams about that dirty rice for the rest of my life. And I don't even like rice.

    Liz Taylor · December 10, 2013
  • Mercedes P.

    Ribs. So good.

    Mercedes Pang · November 30, 2013
  • Grant H.

    Awesome fall off the bone Ribs!!!!

    Grant Hester · November 26, 2013
  • TJ

    Do it! Twice!

    TJ · November 2, 2013
  • Rene P.

    The Ribs... just get the ribs and you'll understand.

    Rene Pena · October 25, 2013
  • Blake .

    Best Barbeque in Houston. Come early before they run out!

    Blake 👈 · October 1, 2013
  • andrea m.

    You might have to wait a bit to get your good (especially during lunch) so be prepared to be patient. The flavor on the rubbed ribs and the tenderness of the brisket is worth the wait.

    andrea mehmandoost · September 20, 2013
  • Candice S.

    This place is amazing. The green beans are a bit spicy. Love it.

    Candice Simpson · August 25, 2013
  • Randy S.

    The bbq was the best I've had in houston. If you get there after 12 you may not get any brisket or pulled pork. We arrived after 1230 and missed out but will be back again.

    Randy Shumate · August 25, 2013
  • Ryan M.

    Awesome BBQ. Favorite in texas

    Ryan Marfone · August 21, 2013
  • Nicholas T.

    My god... Get the two meat. Ribs and baby back back ribs are the best.. Their potato salad go hard!

    Nicholas Torres · August 4, 2013
  • Catherine A.

    The ribs fall off the bone and fatty brisket is phenomenal. Great dirty rice, as well. Sauce is kind of spicy, so I should have gotten slaw to cool things down. Sausage is ok, but brisket is king here

    Catherine A · July 27, 2013
  • Mike B.

    Get there early! Amazing ribs.

    Mike B. · July 11, 2013
  • Redwan H.

    If you see a line, expect 50-60 min before you get your food. Calling it in doesn't help. I love this place but the quality-convenience balance is starting to tip...

    Redwan Huq · July 6, 2013
  • Gracie K.

    Don't go hungry. Potato was dry. Bread pudding made up for it. BBQ good too. 45 min wait was a bummer but expected.

    Gracie K. · July 5, 2013
  • Jake F.

    Can't really go wrong. Brisket and ribs seemed best. Dirty rice was good too. Tiny little place so you may have to sit outside.

    Jake Fochetta · June 10, 2013
  • John C.

    Had the fatty (loose) brisket, special deer sausage, and dirty rice. The brisket was tender & moist, but really didn't have any smoke flavor. I'm a big fan of smoke. Service was pleasant and quick.

    John C · May 28, 2013
  • Jamie M.

    Get there early as they will run out of food towards the end :(

    Jamie Mitchell · April 17, 2013
  • John B.

    The doors open at 11a, so plan on getting here by 10:45a to get a good spot in line. Come late; go home hungry.

    John Boyd · March 30, 2013
  • Kristina C.

    Great pulled pork sandwich! Nice big bun leaves zero messy hands! :)

    Kristina Cazarez · March 26, 2013
  • Josh C.

    Forget the BBQ. Get a tub of dirty rice!!

    Josh Chan · January 19, 2013
  • Paul K.

    The wait here can be long but worth it. I would suggest calling in your order ahead of time. Get the brisket.

    Paul Kulish · October 12, 2012
  • Houston Press

    2012 Best of Houston Winner: Best Barbecue Restaurant. Check out more Houston Press Best of Houston Winners here: Or go mobile with the free Best Of app.

    Houston Press · October 10, 2012
  • Laura B.

    Best of Houston 2012 - Food & Drink - Best Barbeque

    Laura Bosche · September 28, 2012
  • christine V.

    peach tea is yummy ! be there early all the good desserts go quick!

    christine Vuu · September 27, 2012
  • Joshua J.

    Great Houston BBQ. Amazing service too.! Super nice family. Get there early before they run out!

    Joshua Jagnanan · September 22, 2012
  • Laura B.

    Houston Press 2012 Favorite Dishes - Ribs

    Laura Bosche · September 12, 2012
  • Kristi C.

    Ribs (the brisket is awesome too)

    Kristi Chenoweth · July 7, 2012
  • Justin D.

    Best BBQ I've found in Houston, hands down. Maybe best in Texas. I love the pulled pork.

    Justin Daw · June 7, 2012
  • Houston Press

    2011 Best of Houston Winner: Best Barbecue Restaurant. Check out more Houston Press Best of Houston Winners here: Or go mobile with the free Best Of app.

    Houston Press · May 31, 2012
  • Jennifer O.

    Update: 53 minutes to get food. Not told there was a 30 minute wait until we had already been there 20. Never going back. Don't care how good the food is. Staff did not care.

    Jennifer O · May 19, 2012

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