Killen's Barbecue

4.7
399 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue

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Established in 2013, Killen's BBQ marked a return to one of Ronnie Killen's first loves. It was born out of a desire to retain the heart and soul of the old school BBQ cook offs of his youth while bringing a Le Cordon Bleu trained eye to the medium. That desire quickly took Killen's BBQ from pet project to national acclaim. Simply put, it's the best BBQ, period!
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vipBBQJunkie
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Best brisket in the area. This time brisket and ribs were in the cold side

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LaurieM
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our waiter started off on point. After our food was delivered, he seemed to forget about us. My husband asked for a pepper and never got it. I had to eat my ice when my soda ran dry for a while.

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AndrewK
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food1service5ambience5

I was very disappointed in the rib it was extremely tiny and all I had was bone this was the first time that I was disappointed with my meal and I have been a regular customer there for many many many months hopefully this will not happen again

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MatthewR
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Killens BBQ is a great place to meet and make new friends. Staff was awesome when we asked if another couple could join our reservation and had no problem getting us a table for 4. Thank you Killens staff your amazing.

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KrisH
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Planned our visit when down from Canada, Waited over a month for the day to arrive and would wait longer. The Beef rib was with out a doubt the best I have ever had. All the food was amazing and will go again anytime I am in Houston. Even bought their spice rub to bring back to Canada.

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ChrisM
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food as always!!

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StacyA
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We were seated 35 mins after our reservation. It's frustrating to make reservations and not be seated in a timely manner.

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BerylS
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regular visitors to Houston and we always try to get to Killens. We order the beef ribs and sides. The ribs are delicious- perfectly cooked and seasoned. The sides are excellent too. We have tried the creamed corn (best ever), mashed potatoes, collards, green beans and cole slaw. All were delicious. Our friends ordered the pork tips and they were melt in your mouth. So good. We usually go on the week nights and have no trouble getting a table, although we do usually reserve. We are not big meat eaters, as a rule, but when we go to Killens- we dive in and enjoy every bite.

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KeithK
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went to Killen’s expecting it to be the best BBQ we ever had. Somehow, it was better than expected. If you are thinking about getting the beef rib, just do it.

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IeshaA
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I ordered the smoked turkey and it was a little salty but very moist. My husband's pulled pork was great and so was the fried fish that my son ordered. Next time I won't try to eat healthy. I'll just go for the gusto!

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DavidB
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I go to Killen's Barbecue for dinner I always have high expectations. First of all how may barbecue joints can you make a dinner reservation? How many barbecue places allow you to make a dinner reservation? With my high expectations I am never disappointed. The barbecue is always great but the fried chicken may be even better. Great overall menu but what differentiates Killen's are the sides and desserts. All of this adds up to a great overall dinner.

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LindseyB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic food!! But the dinner service BBQ Boudin balls were to die for, but then we've never had anything from any of the Killen's restaraunts we didn't love. If you can make it to the dinner service, I highly recommend, it's a little more fun, but their BBQ is delicious any time of day!! Haha!!

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JamesW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great as always. Service was also good. Last time, our waiter forgot to bring our appetiser, but all good this time. Glad to see last time was an anomaly.

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CindyJ
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were a little late for our reservation so OpenTable considered it a no show but...

The food is excellent as usual and the service is always outstanding!

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vipLFitz
Phoenix
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food, great service, BIG (Texas!) portions! The brisket was fantastic, and the frito pie appetizer was the bomb! Highly recommended!!! And I'm not even a BBQ fan...!

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Gigi
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was too spicy.
Table too close together.
Restaurant was too loud.
Reservation was for 8:00, didn't get seated until 8:15.
Food quality and quantity were not as expected.
I will NOT return.

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MM77546
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

chicken fried rib eye not thoroughly cooked this time.

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vipMelanie
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Killen’s is always a 5-star place for their food; but we’ve been to dinner service 3 times now and have been disappointed every time. Our previous 2 reservations were at 5pm, most recent, 6pm. All three times they have been out of popular, key menu items, like pork ribs, beef ribs, pulled pork, and smoked chicken, very early in the night. We placed our order and 30 minutes later we were told the pork ribs were out. There appears to be some miscommunication between the kitchen and the dining room staff. They made it right, but after changing my order we waited another 30 minutes for food. I think we will stick with the lunch service going forward; we have never been disappointed there.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. The sights were fantastic there were great dishes coming out to other tables that made want to come back for more. Service was spot on. The catfish and shrimp entree is a winner.

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Karl
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beef rib was amazing! Would like the jalapeño sausage spicier, but still a good sausage. Will definitely go back next time I’m in town.

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SDyanL
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place! We had a reservation and were seated right away. The BBQ nachos appetizer was outstanding. My husband had the beef ribs and he said they were perfect. We will definitely be back!!

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Valerie
San Antonio
7 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

We love the food at Killen's however on our most recent trip our food took over an hour to make it to the table, and when it did a pork chop that was way under-cooked was delivered. The restaurant did provide a replacement.
We ordered dessert and both the banana pudding and carrot cake were delicious.
In terms of atmosphere, I wish the restaurant would do something about the shadows that are cast by the fans crossing the lights.

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vipJimP
Dallas
15 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection -

1). Brisket, pork ribs and sausage
2). Sides
3). Best carrot +are ever.

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vipFreddy
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was unbelievable as always very consistent ,BEST BBQ EVER,RONNIE 🙌🙌🙌🙌🙌👏👏👏👏

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Outstanding flavors and meat quality. Among the best I have ever eaten. The appetizers are excellent (boudin balls and pork belly in particular). The brisket and the big rib were very very memorable. Sides are okay (had potato salad, cole slaw and collard greens). They should add cornbread to their menu if you ask me. Three kinds of homemade sauces on the table enhance the pleasure and flavors even more. You probably won't have any room for dessert unless you share everything. Definitely going back!

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vipBosco
Mexico City
22 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! Best brisket and pulled pork in town!

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RestaurantRowRealtor
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

If you see my reviews you will see I eat BBQ a lot! Two years ago I was in Houston with a list of places to eat. We had this on our list, but didn’t get to eat here. This is the best Brisket I have ever eaten! We had cream-style corn and macaroni and cheese as sides. Finished off with the banana pudding. Absolutely, hands down, one of the best meals I have eaten in a very, long time!

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DeeDee
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

My expectations were so high but it wasn’t what i expected. It was good barbecue but it wasn’t the best I ever had. The sides were excellent, the meat was well smoked, and the meat had a lot of pepper. I was looking for more flavor and not pepper.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My family enjoyed the food. We went at Killens to celebrate my sister & my niece birthday. 🎂🎀🥳🎉🎊. Omg !!! Killen’s briskets are to die for. The bone in beef rib is a sure winner. I will definitely recommend you to try this. Happy family, happy tummy 👌😘 The service is fast and the staff are all awesome. 👍👍👍

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GilbertS
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Best rib in town.....a bit expensive but worth every time

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vipCarlH
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best BBQ ever, great service, everything was wonderful, for sure it would be our top priority for BBQ.

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vipwcahan
New England
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Wonderful food, as usual. We live in Boston and visit during Christmas every year, without fail. Our experience this year was fantastic, as usual. Our service was good overall, though a little less warm than usual. Our only complaint this time (and maybe our first ever) was that the banana pudding has changed and is just not great. Very whipped cream heavy without much flavor. But overall still one of our favorite meals in Texas!

This time we ordered pork ribs, a beef rib, and moist brisket with Mac and cheese and creamed corn. It was incredible!

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vipcrm813
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food that was available was delicious, but’s many dishes were not available. That was very disappointing.

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vipMicheleB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a 7:15pm reservation and they were out of pork ribs and pulled pork. Those are 2 of our favorites and this severely limits the options for the 2 and 3 meat plate combinations.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Lots of tables had issues with their food. Our chicken was burnt on the outside and raw on the inside. Pork chop was still raw. Our waiter was amazing but the kitchen was clearly having issues.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Company from Brazil

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vipJohnR1031
Houston
37 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Chicken and Catfish & shrimp were great, but today my sides were just ok as they were cold - I love their mashed potatoes, but not cold - my fry’s were also cold and soggy... I won’t let this affect me I love my Pearland Killen’s restaurant’s

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MeganM
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the best BBQ I have ever had in my life. The Pork ribs were amazing!

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Stella
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best brisket ever! The food was amazing. Even better was the service. We came here with a big group. I'm glad we made a reservation even though we arrived at 5 pm because there were a lot of people coming throughout the night. We were celebrating a special occasion, and even though they were busy, they never rushed us to finish our meal, which I really appreciated. Really enjoyable meal!

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TSang
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought co-workers from out of town to my go to restaurant . As usual, Killen’s delivered. Food was great and everyone had a good time.

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You can order delivery directly from Killen's Barbecue using the Order Online button. Killen's Barbecue also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (281) 485-2272.

Killen's Barbecue is rated 4.7 stars by 399 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.