Virgie’s Bar-B-Que

5535 N. Gessner
Houston, TX 77041

Phone: 713-466-6525
Hours: Tue 11-€“2, Wed-€“Fri 11-€“6:30, Sat 11-€“5:30

Opened 2005
Pitmaster Adrian Handsborough
Method Oak; indirect-heat pit
Pro Tip Virgie's is named for Handsborough's mom, who taught him the art of smoking.

TMBBQ Rating: 4

Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50


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It was ok.
Woodwill Smokers @ Virgie’s Bar-B-Que, 2016-08-22 03:17:02
Decided to stop in while 290 clearedup. Had brisket dinner plate with Cole slaw. I got 1 pc moist and rest lean. I wish all moist as it was so tender and flavorful with not much fat to it. Didn't need the sauce. Lean was good but not memorable and needed sauce to help break it up. By no means was it chewy. Sauce is a bit thick with more of a molasses flavor than peppery. So moist 4 out 5. Lean 3 out of 5. Cole slaw was bland in flavor but at least fresh tasting. Needed peeper and maybe a touch more mayo to give it dimension. Overall good and will come back if in area. People very nice by the way.
Terry r @ Virgie’s Bar-B-Que, 2016-08-09 17:37:01
Ribs were great as usual. Brisket we just ok. Lacks flavor but still not bad. Brisket at this place is a hit or miss. Still one of my favorite in Houston. Friendly place.
Scott Callaway @ Virgie’s Bar-B-Que, 2016-04-07 13:01:13
Tried the spare ribs, brisket, & beef links (out of baby backs). Ribs were pretty good but I don't think I would consider great and the brisket and links were too dry for me. The ribs are definitely worth trying if in the western part of Houston. The staff was very friendly and I will go back again for the ribs.
cvalen9 @ Virgie’s Bar-B-Que, 2015-12-10 12:44:29
Ribs were above-average but I'm not understanding the rating they achieved here with Texas monthly.
Jarrod Frenzel @ Virgie’s Bar-B-Que, 2015-10-17 16:25:57
Great ribs and brisket.
Scott Callaway @ Virgie’s Bar-B-Que, 2015-09-30 17:02:53
Great ribs! Brisket is Ok
Kyle030390 @ Virgie’s Bar-B-Que, 2015-08-08 18:26:06
It's the full pork ribs here that steal the show! Nice bark, not too thick or dry, good smoke ring and perfectly tender. One if the finest pork ribs in Tx. Chopped brisket and sausage were good. Service was excellent and the restaurant was very clean and well run.
Jim Males @ Virgie’s Bar-B-Que, 2015-07-30 00:06:43
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May 15, 2013

The brawny pork ribs that emerge from the big metal smoker set a standard for the genre. They are massive, pink, and delicious, their meat lightly clinging to the bone until you grab a bite with your teeth and give a light tug. A heavy, salty-peppery crust, without a trace of sweetness, lends depth of flavor to each piggy bite. There is no way to be genteel when consuming these monsters, so pile up some…

July 10, 2010

Update: This joint had a fire on 03/11/11, but they have reopened and are back in business.   BBQ Snob: “Who is your hot link supplier?” Virgie: “That’s my secret. Are you folks food critics or something?” BBQ Snob: “That’s our secret.” This is how my experience at Virgie’s began with the amiable proprietor and pit master, Adrian Handsborough. Pierson’s down the road has a big fan in Robb Walsh, while Virgie’s counts the Houston…

May 21, 2008

Three-plus years ago, Adrian Handsborough converted the neighborhood convenience store his mom, Virgie, ran for 35 years and began cooking over oak and pecan in two small barrels. His brisket, only a tad fatty, smokes for ten to fourteen hours; we could cut ours with a plastic fork. Well-seasoned pork ribs boasted a generous meat-fat ratio, and beef sausage came on slow but strong. Host and dining room were both cheery and inviting.

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