Gatlin’s BBQ & Catering

1221 W. 19th
Houston, TX 77008

Phone: 713-869-4227
Hours: Tue–Sat 11–7 or till meat runs out
Twitter: @gatlinsbbq

Opened 2010
Pitmaster Greg Gatlin
Method Hickory; indirect-heat pit
Pro Tip The Cajun dirty rice has a fan base.

TMBBQ Rating: 4.25

Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50


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Stopped in on a weekday at 12:40 & was immersed in the "you're at a GREAT Texas BBQ joint" feeling immediately. Cars parked up and down the street (like it seems to be a most great places there is little parking). I saw some outside picnic tables with people from all walks of life talking and eating. I made it inside and found about 4 tables and not too bad of a line. The lady taking orders (& everyone else) were super friendly. I felt like a regular. I ordered the 3 meat and a table opened up so I ate there inside. The line came by my table so I was able to tell from the talk all the first timers who were in line. The returners were giving them pointers on what sausage, ribs & sides to pick. I got moist brisket which had a black bark and plenty of smoke. Great flavor and unlike some have said it had a good salty taste. The spicy sausage looked dry but I was surprised at how tender and good it was. It snapped when you ate it and had an excellent flavor. The ribs I got were St Louis style and although the meat was firm it would pull off the bone in one big delicious piece. I am definitely becoming a rib man. It had a pretty pink ring and was moist was a brisket rub kind of flavor. I don't line multi meat plates. I'd rather get more of 1 or 2 meats but at Gatlin's I don't know what meat I'd eliminate. I ordered it to go so I could take the left overs but there were none! My choice for BBQ in Houston.
Hank Mangum @ Gatlin’s BBQ, 2014-04-18 08:37:56
Deer sausage is a unique must, as issue dirty rice. Ribs we're fall off the bone and delicious. Brisket was perfectly flaky, though not popping with flavor. All was terrific!
Scott Jarvis @ Gatlin’s BBQ, 2014-03-27 12:57:04
Tender brisket. Perfect ribs. Homemade sausage is the way to go & don't miss the dirty rice.
bigdaddychilds_ @ Gatlin’s BBQ, 2014-01-04 15:44:45
Surprising good brisket and ribs. The spicy sausage packs a punch! Outdoor seating can get crowded, but the incredibly friendly service makes you soon forget.
Rick Toumbs @ Gatlin’s BBQ, 2013-11-30 00:16:33
Solid brisket & pulled pork.
Robert Lerma @ Gatlin’s BBQ, 2013-10-12 16:46:19
Would really like to give them 5 STARS but the ribs just a little overdone. Ribs nice smoke and taste. Brisket excellent top notch. BBQ sauce very good not an over sweet brown sugar sauce but a nice sweet vinegar sauce that complements the meats. Only get the baked beans if you like Campbell's Pork n Beans.
Bubba Schmidt @ Gatlin’s BBQ, 2013-09-04 13:29:39
Best I've had! So far...
Jeff Lichon @ Gatlin’s BBQ, 2013-08-17 19:02:33
1st time...arrived at 1040. There was about 12 people ahead of me. I ordered the ribs and brisket along with the dirty rice and green beans. The meats were warm but tasted like it was reheated. I must have gotten the burnt/dry part of the brisket. The sides were great. All of the staff were nice and courteous. I'll give them another try later.
Tim Suan @ Gatlin’s BBQ, 2013-07-06 13:03:33
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May 15, 2013

Greg Gatlin is in charge of the smoker, but he also bustles around taking orders and tidying up. So does his mom, who is responsible for the fine bread pudding and other sweets. After a wait—which is often lengthy—you’ll receive plates neatly stacked with precisely sliced meat. In case you’ve ever wondered what the deal is with different ribs, you’re in luck: Gatlin’s has two kinds. Side by side, you’ll see that the baby backs…

January 6, 2012

It was the end of a long day. My friends Nick and Clark had stayed with me bite for bite through six other barbecue joints and we were on our way to Houston to eat at this mightily heralded joint in northwest Houston that’s just over a year old. Greg Gatlin had his heyday on the gridiron as a defensive back for the Rice Owls, but barbecue is his game now. He was manning the…