The BBQ Times
In the shadow of Minute Maid Park and in the mighty good hands of pitmaster Greg Gatlin and star restaurateurs Bryan Caswell and Bill Floyd, this big red barn is a winner. The lineup includes fan favorites like tender, smoke-ringed brisket and both peppery venison sausage and German-style pork sausage, hot off the grill.
Next baseball season the smell of barbecue will float over Minute Maid Park, and Astros fans will be able to chow down on smoky ribs only a block from the ball park thanks to a few of Houston’s most popular restaurateurs.
Reef/Little Big’s/El Real partners Bryan Caswell and Bill Floyd are “It’s a more southern-style
barbecue; more pork, wetter barbecue” teaming with Greg Gatlin of Gatlin’s BBQ to open a barbecue restaurant downtown at 209 Jackson St. at Congress, in the shadow of the stadium.
Houston is undeniably in the middle of a barbecue renaissance. Places like CorkScrew BBQ in Spring and Killen’s Barbecue in Pearland can hold their own with the best pitmasters in Texas.
The only problem is that the best option inside the Loop is severely limited. “Barbecue in Houston is better now than it’s ever been. If Jackson Street lives up to the reputation of its partners, that will only get better.” Gatlin’s BBQ in the Heights is so small that it’s constantly overwhelmed.
If only Gatlin’s had a bigger space that was slightly more centrally located. Like in downtown. And what if maybe it could serve burgers, salads and even seafood to satisfy people who don’t want meat with a side of meat?
Wouldn’t that be great?