Great Barbecue Restaurants in Houston

Gatlin's BBQ - Kitchen Sink Sandwich | Sour Lake, TX
Gatlin's BBQ - Kitchen Sink Sandwich | Sour Lake, TX

Barbecue is a Texas tradition. You won’t find more tender meats or more delicious sauces anywhere outside of Texas. Houston is America’s fourth-largest city and it is located just over an hour west of Sour Lake. Space City is home to some of the country’s best barbecue joints. If you take your Ford out to Houston for a weekend, be sure to check out some of these great barbecue restaurants:

Killen’s Barbecue

Beef ribs, brisket, bone-in pork belly, fried chicken and more come together in Chef Ronnie Killen’s famous smokehouse. Stop by Killen’s on a Tuesday for the brisket tacos, on a Sunday for the sought-after fried chicken, or any day for the dry-aged brisket. For dessert, grab a slice of cake or pie, or try the banana or bread pudding.

Gatlin’s BBQ

Greg Gatlin’s restaurant is known for its ribs, and they promise not to leave you disappointed; only wanting to come back for more. Dishes range from St. Louis-style spare ribs and wings to pulled pork and burgers. Sides include cucumber salad, creamed corn, baked beans, and collard greens.

Jackson Street BBQ

The fried mac and cheese and the dirty rice side options alone are enough reason to chow down at Jackson Street BBQ. Try the smoked brisket, German-style sausage, or barbecue chop salad paired with jalapeno cheddar biscuits or cole slaw. Conclude it on a sweet note with a slice of pie or a chocolate chip cookie.

For more local dining suggestions, contact us at Sour Lake Ford. We’ll be happy to recommend more of our favorite dining venues near Sour Lake. 

Places to Boat or Paddle near Sour Lake, Texas

2019 FOrd Ranger with Boat Accessories | Sour Lake, TX
2019 Ford Ranger with Boat Accessories | Sour Lake, TX

If you are looking for a place to spend your day boating or paddling on a different watercraft, consider visiting one of the many scenic areas near Sour Lake, Texas. The area offers a number of spots, where you can enjoy the view with your loved ones.

Village Creek State Park

Located in Lumberton, the Village Creek State Park sits within the Big Thicket National Preserve. As such, you can expect to see cypress swamps, yaupon trees, and river birch trees. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may also catch sight of white-tailed deer, snapping turtles, herons, and egrets. You can make the most of your experience here cruising down the 21-mile Village Creek Paddling Trail and stopping at popular swimming or picnicking spots.

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

The Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge is a great place in Anahuac to go fishing, whether you want to wade in the water or relax on your boat. You could catch southern flounder or speckled trout and potentially spot an alligator or bobcat.

Pleasure Island

Stretching from the Sabine Causeway to the Neches River, Pleasure Island has lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. You can go sailing or fishing off the island. When you’re not on the water, you can also play basketball, hike or pitch a tent.

We at Sour Lake Ford hope you have an incredible time boating or paddling around Sour Lake, Texas. Be sure to head into our service department for any necessary maintenance before driving to these fun locations.