13 Kid-Friendly Barbecue Restaurants in Houston

Houston is not short of good, finger-licking barbecue. And because most barbecue restaurants are loud and casual, they make for great family outings! Loud music and loud patrons mean no one will hear my toddler yell in protest when his barbecue sauce drifts too close to his many pieces of white bread. Here are some of our favorite kid-friendly barbecue joints across the Bayou City.

Valley Ranch Barbecue ($$) - Northwest Houston
22548 Hwy. 249
281-376-1588

The buffet-style setup makes ordering a piece of cake (or brisket). There is also an indoor play area for the kids to color and entertain themselves while you finish your rack of ribs.

Thomas Bar B-Q ($$) - North and Northwest Houston
Various locations

Thomas' menu of slow-cooked deliciousness includes daily specials as well as a kids' menu and family platters. The spacious interior leaves plenty of space for large families. 

Killen's Barbecue ($$) - Pearland
3613 E. Broadway
281-485-2272

If you haven't heard of this critically-acclaimed Pearland treasure, it's time make an introduction. Basically, the entire menu is delicious, and the atmosphere is friendly and casual. The only downside is the lines can get extremely long, so it may not be ideal for small children depending on the time of day.


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Stockyard Bar BQ ($$) - West Houston
6504 Westheimer Road
713-782-3500

There is indoor and outdoor seating at this cafeteria-style eatery, and don't forget to order the "heart attack potatoes" (we won't spoil the surprise).

Hickory Hollow Restaurants and Catering ($$) - Heights and Willowbrook
101 Heights Blvd. - 713-869-6300
8038 Fallbrook Drive - 281-469-5823

Hickory Hollow made an appearance on Food Network for its famous chicken fried steak. Need I say more? Or you can order a family platter for a taste of five different meats.

Goode Company Barbecue ($-$$) - Katy, Southeast Houston, and Cypress
Various

The picnic-style seating in Goode Company contributes to the overall relaxed environment, and the menu has lots of options, from family plates to a la carte plates.

Jackson Street Barbecue ($) - Downtown
209 Jackson St.
713-224-2400

Two words: Fried mac (and cheese). It's just one of the delicious items on the menu, and there is plenty of space inside for larger parties and families.

Big Horn BBQ ($$) - Pearland
2300 Smith Ranch Road
281-741-3289

The great thing about this place is in the name - it's huge! And the kids will get a kick out of the hunting decor, and there is also an in-house convenience store with snacks and more.


Photo courtesy of Gabby's

Gabby's BBQ ($$) - Heights
3101 N. Shepherd Drive
713-864-5049

Gabby's offers daily specials (including kids-eat-free Sundays), and the food is fantastic - it's smoked in hand-built pits made in Mesquite, Texas. 

Holy Smokes BBQ ($) - Northeast Houston
9850 Mesa Road
832-203-7249

There may not be a ton of seating space, but the food at Holy Smokes is simple and fantastic. It's also affordable and features several family platters.

Beef & Bun Bar-B-Que ($) - West and South Houston
8155 Long Point Road - 713-465-8482
4418 W. Fuqua - 713-433

This no-frills establishment has great food and a laid-back atmosphere. Expect the basics: burgers, barbecue plates, and baked potatoes, along with sides and desserts.

Red River Barbecue ($) - Katy and League City
1711 S. Mason Road - 281-578-3800
1911 E. Main St. - 281-332-8086

Red River offers eight different kinds of meat smoked in wood-fired pits. And while you work on getting the meat sweats, the kids can work off some energy in the play area outside!

Dickey's Barbecue Pit ($$) - Various

Good food, laid-back atmosphere, and kids eat free on Sunday with the purchase of an adult entree!

Top photo courtesy of Brisketcases.com

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Valley Ranch Grill and Barbecue
22548 S.H. 249
77070 Houston , TX
Phone: 281-376-1588
30° 0' 46.3824" N, 95° 35' 17.5308" W
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Hickory Hollow
8038 Fallbrook Drive
77064 Houston , TX
Phone: 281-469-5323
29° 55' 32.2968" N, 95° 31' 18.2928" W
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Hickory Hollow
101 Heights Blvd.
77007 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-869-6300
29° 46' 14.1996" N, 95° 23' 51.4896" W
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Killens Barbecue
3613 E. Broadway
77581 Pearland , TX
Phone: 281-485-2272
29° 33' 50.7636" N, 95° 16' 56.2368" W
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Jackson Street Barbecue
209 Jackson St.
77002 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-224-2400
29° 45' 31.824" N, 95° 21' 14.9364" W
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Big Horn BBQ
2300 Smith Ranch Road
77584 Pearland , TX
Phone: 281-741-3289
29° 34' 8.9076" N, 95° 23' 7.7964" W
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Stockyard Bar BQ
6504 Westheimer Road
77057 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-782-3500
29° 44' 17.0412" N, 95° 29' 55.1508" W
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Holy Smokes BBQ
9850 Mesa Road
77078 Houston , TX
Phone: 832-203-7249
29° 51' 24.1272" N, 95° 15' 42.9768" W
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Beef 'n Bun Barbecue
8155 Long Point Road
77055 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-465-8482
29° 48' 10.6164" N, 95° 29' 30.48" W
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Beef 'n Bun Barbecue
4418 W. Fuqua St.
77045 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-433-0623
29° 36' 50.1048" N, 95° 26' 38.5224" W
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Gabby's BBQ
3101 N. Shepherd Drive
77018 Houston , TX
Phone: 713-864-5049
29° 48' 55.3644" N, 95° 24' 39.402" W
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