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Pearl & Johnny B’s BBQ – New BBQ Joint – Houston, TX

I had gotten a couple of emails from people asking about Pearl & Johnny B’s opened February 5th, but hadn’t read anything yet until this review from the Houston Press.

Photo courtesy of Katharine Shilcutt

From the article by Katharine Shilcut, “Thompson runs Pearl & Johnny B’s BBQ, a little gem out of my fondest slow-smoked dreams, that’s just off the main food court inside the the hulking Kim Hung supermarket on St. Emanuel at McKinney. It goes without saying that it’s the last place you’d expect to find a barbecue joint. That it’s the descendant of a famous barbecue legacy is even more fantastical.”

Photo courtesy of Katharine Shilcutt

“Pearlie’s brother Robert runs Thompson’s BBQ in Crockett, a little East Texas town that was named after Davy Crockett himself. Thompson’s is well known in ‘cue circles and even earned a spot on Texas Monthly’s comprehensive list of the 50 best barbecue joints in Texas. Robert Thompson has always been an avid proponent of using pecan to smoke his brisket and other meats, and Pearlie has brought that determination to her Houston outpost as well.” Read the rest here.

Have you been to Pearl & Johnny B’s yet? What are you thoughts?

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  1. I work in mid-town, and pass by this place everyday, so I googled it just to check it out or to see how it was rated-well after getting off of work a little early, I decided to check it out for myself. I ordered the rib plate w/potatoe salad, which was FANTASTIC, and so were the beans! Well after my order was ready, the lady, [I'm assuming who was Pearle] told me to wait for her peach cobbler and it was on her—WELL LET ME TELL YOU–IT WAS SO TASTEFUL!!!

    I will definetley be returning and referring as many people as I can-I just found me a new LOVE!!!!

    Comment by kay — May 15, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

  2. Pearl and Johnny’s BBQ is the best BBQ in town! It is a hidden gem in Kim’s building on St. Emanuel /Mc Kinney that everyone needs to know about. Pearl has catered for us on many occasions and her dressing, baked chicken and sweet potatoes (yams), as they say you can “slap yourself and mama.” Her warm personality and awesome customer service keeps you coming back for more… That BBQ sauce is delicious and she will not tell me the recipe. Smile! If you want soul food, home cook meal and great BBQ, go down to Pearl’s BBQ. It’s the best it town!

    Comment by Jeana — December 7, 2011 @ 11:52 am

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