Lenox Bar-B-Q

5420 Harrisburg Dr.
Houston, TX 77011

Phone: (713) 926-2649
Hours: M-F 11-2
Website: www.lenoxbbq.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/LenoxBBQandCatering

Opened 1946
Method Wood-fired rotisserie smoker with pecan and oak

TMBBQ Rating: 3.25

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Comments from our joint finder app.
Stanley's - Tyler Ribs - beautiful, perfectly pink. Soft, almost oddly mushy, but with a tasty sweetness that I enjoyed. Brisket - well cooked, tender, but a bit dry and not much smoke flavor at all. The bark was thin, as was the smoke ring. Overall good, but nothing to really make it stand out. Gets a 'meh' B from me.
Scott Jarvis @ Stanley’s Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, 2014-09-18 18:14:00
Had the brisket ribs and sausage all very good. Sides are over the top good. Smoked jalapeño app is amazing.
Roman @ Two Bros. BBQ Market, 2014-09-18 16:53:37
Went for "My Ribs" and "Your Ribs". Both good but latter wins out. Brisket definitely dry; was hard for me to get into. Sausage was okay. Definitely try key lime pie. Enjoyed the decor. Overall a good, not great Q place.
Rahul Yaratha @ Big Boys Barbecue, 2014-09-17 23:24:47
Brisket sandwich was good. And that's all she wrote as there is nothing else (chicken, sausage, turkey, potato salad, etc). Not even my friends who all went to Tech even heard of this place. Scratching my head on such a high TM ranking.
Rahul Yaratha @ Tom and Bingo’s Hickory Pit Bar-B-Que, 2014-09-17 23:21:48
We had Friday night dinner here. Brisket was tender and delicious. A little too much fat for my husband, but my daughter and I thought it was PERFECT. Good seasoning and good bark. No sauce needed. Homemade creamed corn is the best I have ever had. Coleslaw is delicious and not overdressed. We finished the meal with the homemade fried strawberry pies - one of the tastiest desserts I have ever put in my mouth. Live music. Dishes served family style. <$40 for 3 people including soft drinks and several beers. Definitely will go back!
Marcy Newman @ Two Bros. BBQ Market, 2014-09-17 22:16:13
Just average
David Monasmith @ Crossroads Smokehouse, 2014-09-17 17:42:33
Brisket was good, pulled pork over sauced. Over all it was ok at best. Prob won't be back here. I was surprised it made the TM list, I think they missed it on this list.
epp @ Lamberts Downtown Barbecue, 2014-09-15 17:43:26
Amazing! Every time!
John Brotherton @ Snow’s BBQ, 2014-09-13 13:22:59
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Review

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January 14, 2014

I walked through the front door, or at least I thought it was the front door. I was part way through it, when I turned around to walk back into the parking lot to make sure. It was definitely the front of the building, and this was the only door, but it led directly into the kitchen. To my left a woman was packing orders into to-go bags. On my right the fryer, a rigged hotel pan on a gas burner, was at full bore. A man with a knife stood behind a stainless steel table with a cutting board waiting to take my order. I asked for the three meat plate and a chopped beef sandwich. He took a few pans out of the warming cabinet and quickly went to work slicing.

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The view at Lenox looking back towards the front door

Erik Mrok emerged from his office to collect my money, which was only $15.50 total. Mrok explained that a rail line that came through a few years ago required that he demolish the long-standing dining room. That’s where the main entrance used to be, but now they have no choice but to welcome you into the kitchen. It’s all that is left.

The only real option is takeout, so I headed outside to eat on the trunk. I started with a sandwich of brisket chopped fine and mixed with the homemade barbecue sauce. The sauce is a mix of ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire, spices and thickened with flour. It’s a unique sauce that works well with the smoky meat.

Lenox chopped beef

The sliced brisket wasn’t bad either, as long as it came from the fatty end. Slices from the flat were dry slabs of not so flavorful meat, while the point meat was moist with well rendered fat. The edges of each slice were lined with crispy fat, probably from sitting too long in the warming pan, but the result was still a good one. The smokiness was adequate, if not strong. Either way, it made for a good slice of brisket.

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Brisket at Lenox Bar-B-Q

Like the rest of the smoked meats, the briskets emerged from an Oyler rotisserie smoker. The legend goes that when original owner Leonard McNeill ran the place he developed a rotisserie smoker from a Rainbo bread baking oven. Whether or not he developed these independently, or along with Herbert Oyler in Mesquite is not known, but it’s only appropriate that Lenox uses a rotisserie to smoke the meat.

A side of potato salad was nothing beyond food service grade. The okra on the other hand was fantastic. It probably started as frozen pellets, but that hot fryer gave it a shattering crispiness that made these pods addictive.

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The sausage was once made in house, but now they serve a decent commercial variety from Yoakum, Texas. Big pork spare ribs were thin and a bit dry. The seasoning was primarily salt, and there was a bit of smoke. They were good, but I preferred the brisket.

Lenox Bar-B-Q has been around since 1946. In those sixty-eight years they’ve seen plenty of hurdles but stayed strong. Even without a dining room, it’s still worth a visit.

Comments

  • jimwashburn

    Um, I was born in 1946, but I’m considerably younger than 78.

    • Daniel Vaughn

      Thanks. I thought for a second it was 2024. Fixed.