Thursday, August 14, 2014

Triple J’s Smokehouse - Houston

Since I had a free Friday afternoon, I recruited an accomplice and put together a short East Houston adventure to knock a few joints off of my to do list.  Triple J’s was our first stop and despite being in business for 20 years, I had not heard much about them and therefore didn’t know what to expect.


We arrived shortly after noon and joined the lengthy queue that had wrapped around the inside of the small building.  We had plenty of time to study the menu which led me to add spicy boudin to the typical order of brisket, sausage and pork ribs.
The Texas Trinity and a link of boudin

The brisket was completely trimmed, as you would expect from an East Texas style joint.  The spine of the meat featured a beautifully thick bark.  Biting into the slice revealed a nice smokiness that stood out above the simple salt and pepper rub.  The meat did not have the best texture, it was both a bit flaky and a little dry.  Still, this was a solid brisket entry for a Houston joint.

The ribs were a thing of beauty.  They featured plenty of smoke and a perfect consistency for a pork rib.  The rub was simple but did feature a hint of spice.  Still, the smoke was on full display with each bite.  The ribs were plenty juicy and each bite was delicious.

The homemade sausage was fine.  The links were beef and were heavy on the pepper.  They were properly smoked and the casing cracked appropriately against my teeth.  Nothing about the sausage really stood out to me.

The boudin was good but was not of the smoked variety I have seen at a few other BBQ joints.  I did not detect any smoke and the soft casing was exactly what you would expect from regular boudin.  This spicy link was as-advertised and the spice did not hold back.  The flame grew with each bite and had me finishing my drink early.


The interior of Triple J is small, especially for the crowds they draw.  There is a very small dining area inside Triple J but if you want to dine in, the covered patio outside of the restaurant is probably a more comfortable option.

The sauce is a thin sweet concoction but is unnecessary for any of the meat here.


Triple J is clearly a hit with the locals, as it should be.  It is a shame that they do not get more press across the Houston area because this place is worth seeking out.  They have excellent ribs, good brisket and boudin to boot.

Address: 6715 Homestead Rd, Houston, TX 77028
Phone:  713-635-6381
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 12pm – 6pm; Friday – Saturday: 12PM – 9PM


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*All Grades Are Based Solely on the Quality of Texas BBQ Offered at the Joint. We Aren't Looking for Burgers or Catfish!

My Grading Scale:

A = This is some of the finest BBQ you'll find anywhere. It is worth a roadtrip in itself along with any required wait.
B = This is very good BBQ, even if it is over an hour away, consider making the drive.
C = This is just average BBQ but it's worth a stop in a pinch.
D = This is a poor example of Texas BBQ. Even if it's the only place around, skip it. Apologize to any non-Texans that have eaten here.
F = This is not only a bad Texas BBQ, it is probably not suitable for human consumption.

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