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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It seems like this spot is a locals favorite. All of my colleagues who live in Houston recommended this place for dinner. Came here on Thursday around 7pm and the place was packed with the line going out the door. The bar area has a...great selection of beers and fantastic selection of bourbon. The barbecue is great. The sliced brisket has a great bark and good smokey taste. The rib meat easily separates from the bones. I recommend getting the ribs glazed for the extra flavor. They do have multiple sauces but only the original can be found on the tables. Ask for the other two to try. There is plenty of seating area in the main dinning room but in case you like to enjoy the nice weather outside they also have an outdoor patio area with large picnic tables on the side of the restaurant.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

$41 for BBQ for 1 person no alcohol was somewhat steep so value is not something that was offered. BBQ sauce was really good. Ribs dis fall off the bone, good meat quality. Tri tip was also very good. Had 3 small sides, Mac cheese,...coleslaw and beans and they were all mehMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The best BBQ we have ever had! Worth the wait in line, we recommend the beef ribs and potato salad. The meat had great flavor and the perfect crust. It really didn’t need sauce but their sauce was great too!

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was a little discouraged when I saw the line, but it ended up moving pretty fast. We opted for takeout because inside was pretty crowded and we didn’t want to sit on the patio. We had the pork ribs, moist brisket, mac and cheese...and Texas beans. Everything was delicious and our tab came to under $35, a bargain for barbecue. We would definitely return.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Did a filming there yesterday. We were gifted with a nice assortment of the bar-b-que and sides. I pride myself on finding the best bar-b-que around. Just had never made it to here before. It was well worth it. The brisket and beef ribs had...a beautiful crust that was a good as it looked. Everything meat was great. The sides were not as good as the bar-b-que, but that is as it should be. I will make Pinkertons one of my regular que stops in Houston.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 2, 2024 via mobile

We got there late enough to miss out on Brisket but it was still outstanding. Pork ribs and pulled pork were excellent, beans were great, bread pudding was over the top. So glad we went

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed January 7, 2024 via mobile

Visiting Houston for the National College Football Championship game and had to have some BBQ. Found this was a great place. We had the brisket, turkey, rib, and sausage, which were all very good. The sides of mac/cheese, green beans, cold slaw and corn bread...again were tasty. Enjoyed sitting on the patio to enjoy our food. Liked the ability to order the various meat choices.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed December 28, 2023 via mobile

By far, the best barbecue, I’ve eaten. Theplace is busy, and I can see why. We ordered the coleslaw, potato salad, and Texas beans, and all were so tasty. We also ordered the brisket, which was moist and amazing, the pork ribs, which were equally...amazing, and the sausage which everyone also loved. To finish off, we had the bread pudding, which was delicious. The barbeque sauces perhaps the tastiest barbeque sauce I have eaten so I bought a couple bottles to take home. Can’t wait to go back.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 18, 2023

We stopped by Pinkerton's for lunch based upon the reviews and were not disappointed! The ribs were the best I have ever had. They were melt in your mouth tender and the flavor was spectacular. The brisket is excellent and the potato salad was the...best. A highly recommend. I would not leave Houston without trying it.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed November 17, 2023

Outstanding brisket and pork ribs. The moist brisket here is consistently superb. Well marbled, fat renders just right, good bark, good smoke flavor. Without question one of the top 6 barbeque joints in the city limits. This is about the 5th time I have been...to this place--4 times in person and once to go. The sides are good too. Service is brisk and friendly.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed November 9, 2023

This was my first visit to Pinkerton's. I ordered the moist brisket, turkey, jambalaya, blueberry cobbler, and iced tea. The brisket was tender, smoky, moist, and delicious! The turkey was tender and had a fantastic flavor. It was right on the verge of moist/dry. The...jambalaya was a large serving that was tasty and spicy. The cobbler was very good with a sweet crumb topping. The iced tea (sweet & unsweet) were just about perfect. They have indoor and outdoor seating. The service was fast & friendly. The prices are comparable to the other barbecue joints in town.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed October 20, 2023 via mobile

Loved the casual dining, the food was just amazing our favourites were the pulled pork and the Brisket. It is a 20 minute Uber from downtown Houston.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 15, 2023

Outstanding BBQ but better get there early or risk missing out on sold out items like the brisket or ribs. Sauce is outstanding and well worth a bottle purchase. Parking can be tricky so be prepared to walk a bit.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 4, 2023 via mobile

Dear foodies, our second visit, and this time we got there in time for the fantabulous brisket...you have to play your cards right and go at a time when it's not too busy, because it is self seating, and not a very big place. They...do have a patio when weather is better, which should be soon, yay! I love the potato salad, and baked beans, they are both delicious, and so on point. My son loves the brisket mac and cheese, it is quite a monstrosity....but does look amazing...now to the meats....the brisket is out of this world. It is so perfectly seasoned, you really don't need to add the BBQ sauce...but the sauce is so mouth watering fantastic, you just gotta....but don't forget Mr. Turkey, it is by far one of the best I have had. The banana pudding brought it all home...More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 28, 2023 via mobile

Great barbecue in a friendly family atmosphere. The pulled pork and the brisket were tender and tasty. Service was excellent and very helpful to us as first time visitors. The desserts were delicious. The Pinkertons crew love their food and are rightly proud.

Date of visit: September 2023
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