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Pictures of Goode Company Texas BBQ, Katy Freeway, Houston ~ A Feast for Kings or Cowboys

Updated on January 29, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

Goode Company Texas Bar-B-Q in Houston, Texas

Goode Company Texas Bar-B-Q in Houston, Texas
Goode Company Texas Bar-B-Q in Houston, Texas | Source


Texas Barbecue


Generally speaking, meat lovers relish a good plate of barbecue with all the fixin's to accompany one's choice or choices of meats. For those people fortunate enough to be living in or passing through Houston, Texas...there is a noteworthy small chain of restaurants originated by owner and entrepreneur Jim Goode that have grateful patrons of his barbecue locations smacking their lips with gusto and returning often for his finger-lickin' mesquite smoked and grilled items on the menu. Whether a king, cowboy or city slicker.....this is a meeting place sure to please everyone!

My husband and I recently stopped in to the Katy Freeway location for one of their delicious sandwiches for a mid-day lunch. The full address is 8911 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas 77024. We have been there many times and also to their other barbecue locations on Kirby Drive and the Northwest Freeway.

With my handy small Panasonic digital camera, I thought that perhaps you readers might like to see what this particular Texas barbecue place looks like. Many pictures were taken and can credibly refute the perception that shacks are the only places that turn out tasty and succulent brisket, ribs and the like.

Goode Co. Barbecue - Impressive facade for a barbeque place!

Impressive facade for a barbecue place!
Impressive facade for a barbecue place! | Source

Goode Co. Barbecue - Katy, Freeway in Houston

Notice all that stacked mesquite wood outside the building?
Notice all that stacked mesquite wood outside the building? | Source
Goode Co. etched glass doors
Goode Co. etched glass doors | Source
Menu on wall and drink selections can be picked up out of these old Coca-Cola coolers.
Menu on wall and drink selections can be picked up out of these old Coca-Cola coolers. | Source
Want a soda?  Help yourself!
Want a soda? Help yourself! | Source
More menu selections
More menu selections | Source
One's food is prepared on the other side of this counter.
One's food is prepared on the other side of this counter. | Source

Decisions! Decisions!


The very minute one passes through the etched glass window-paned doors, the most tantalizing aromas immediately assault one's senses. Then it is decision time!

What to order today?

Will it be the hand seasoned and mesquite smoked brisket?

The fall apart tender and spicy pork or pork ribs?

How about the hand crafted sausages...either the Czech sausage or the Jalapeño?

Any desire to have some honey-smoked ham?

How about some chicken, turkey or duck?

Will it be a dinner plate with one or more meats accompanied by a choice of sides?

Is a stuffed baked potato that one wishes to enjoy today topped with the usual choices or perhaps some chopped meat?

Or is it a sandwich that one desires?

And the sides...they have many of the usual accompaniments like beans (baked and also jalapeño), coleslaw, potato salad, jambalaya and green beans.

For those who like a bit of extra spice, their homemade jalapeno cheese bread offers that extra punch of flavor whether eaten as is or used as a sandwich instead of the more usual type of bun.

The desserts...there are many choices including their famous pecan pie the recipe of which came from Jim Goode's grandmother.

Those of you who regularly follow my hubs know that neither my husband nor I are huge dessert eaters, so these have not been personally tasted. But I will say that they do look delicious and many people add them to their trays as they progress through the lunch counter type of line.

Just on the other side of a glass divide, one watches one's meals being assembled.

Want extra sauce? No problem!

One can easily direct the food preparer who is slicing or chopping one's meats or dishing up a side dish to add a little extra of this or that to meet one's expectations and desires.

At the end of the line and after paying, there are more choices at another bar area filled with sliced jalapeños (I always add more of those!), sliced onions, lettuce and pickles, etc.

So far you are probably thinking that it seems like many other barbeque places from the description. Correct?

If the enticing aromas and delicious food was all there was...that would be good enough or even great. But the physical surroundings of this particular barbeque place (this by no means could be considered a barbeque "joint" or "shack") make it really something special.

How many of you eat Texas barbeque with a spectacular chandelier overhead?

Chandelier at Goode Co. Barbecue, Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas

Impressive chandelier!
Impressive chandelier! | Source

Décor inside Goode Co. Barbecue

Looking down from the upstairs vantage point on the back room at Goode Co. barbecue.
Looking down from the upstairs vantage point on the back room at Goode Co. barbecue. | Source
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Rustic and Refined


My husband knew Jim Goode from the days before he ventured into developing this very successful chain of local restaurants which include seafood and Mexican offerings in addition to his barbecue places.

Jim Goode was a commercial artist working for an ad agency which might help explain the care and expertise that went into decorating his restaurants.

Suffice it to say that with his artistic talents combined with culinary prowess, the attention to detail regarding décor in his restaurants does not take a back seat to the flavors of the food offerings.

They are both stellar achievements combining rustic as well as refined elements as one can readily see by looking at the photos of his Katy Freeway Goode Company barbecue location.

Too bad that you cannot smell the wafting aromas of the delicious food.

You will just have to use your imagination as you look at these accompanying photos.

Of course, if you just feel like you have to taste some of this delicious Texas barbecue, you can always order it to be delivered!

Your home or office may not have that unique Texana décor, but at least you can experience some good 'ole Texas flavorings and will know why Goode Co. Barbecue has become one of many Houstonian's favorite barbecue restaurants.

BBQ Emeril Live (re: Goode Co)


Nostalgic photos

To see an example of some of the old nostalgic photos and posters utilized in decorating Goode Co. Barbecue on the Katy Freeway in Houston, Texas...take a look below.

This is but a sampling of what one would find inside of this restaurant.

Old western photos and posters used in Goode Co. Barbecue décor / Katy Freeway location in Houston, Texas

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Levi Goode (son of Jim Goode) discusses how the BBQ restaurants are decorated. This particular one is the northwest location, the 3rd BBQ restaurant.

Wooden booths
Wooden booths | Source

Saddles, ropes and blankets

Liberal use of constructed boxes adorned with colorful woven blankets, saddles and ropes are mounted above many of the wooden booths and tables around the perimeter of the rooms.

It certainly brings back images of cowboys roping cattle and doing the business of herding them, branding them and the like.

Combined with the many photos, the days of the Wild West seem not that far distant.

Mounted saddles, etc. above some of the tables and booths at Goode Co. Barbecue

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See the saddles above the booths?Food service counter on the left with booths on the right.  Notice the saddles above.
See the saddles above the booths?
See the saddles above the booths? | Source
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Food service counter on the left with booths on the right.  Notice the saddles above.
Food service counter on the left with booths on the right. Notice the saddles above. | Source

Different Goode Co BBQ kitchen...but in this video Levi Goode discusses how the meats are prepared and then smoked prior to serving.


Eclectic décor


From fine etched glass windows to bronze sculpture to a carved wooden Indian and even a silver saddle...that and more is on view and makes for an eclectic but very interesting décor inside of Goode Co. Barbecue. Have a look at these photos which follow...

Other décor inside of Goode Co. Barbecue on the Katy Freeway in Houston, Texas

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Skulls, buffalo head, Indian costume and more...Carved wooden Indian and glass enclosure with mounted silver saddle.Close-up of the carved wooden IndianMounted silver saddle behind the glass enclosure.Etched glass windowsClever rifle holder!Old neon beer signsBronze sculpture at the bar
Skulls, buffalo head, Indian costume and more...
Skulls, buffalo head, Indian costume and more... | Source
Carved wooden Indian and glass enclosure with mounted silver saddle.
Carved wooden Indian and glass enclosure with mounted silver saddle. | Source
Close-up of the carved wooden Indian
Close-up of the carved wooden Indian | Source
Mounted silver saddle behind the glass enclosure.
Mounted silver saddle behind the glass enclosure. | Source
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Etched glass windows
Etched glass windows | Source
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Clever rifle holder!
Clever rifle holder! | Source
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Old neon beer signs
Old neon beer signs | Source
Bronze sculpture at the bar
Bronze sculpture at the bar | Source

Indian carvings

Prior to entering the back room of Goode Co. Barbecue one passes between two beautifully rendered American Indian carvings attached to the support columns. This is a beautiful feature...one of many such things within this restaurant which sets it apart from numerous others serving up Texas barbecue.

Beautiful carved Indian adornments inside of Goode Co. Barbecue / Katy Freeway, Houston

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Close-up photo of beautifully carved IndianOld jukebox and carved Indian
Close-up photo of beautifully carved Indian
Close-up photo of beautifully carved Indian | Source
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Old jukebox and carved Indian
Old jukebox and carved Indian | Source

Memorial on stairway at Goode Co. Barbecue

Look at the risers on these steps leading upstairs.
Look at the risers on these steps leading upstairs. | Source

Homage to Texas statesmen


The risers on the steps going up to the top floor give homage to many important statesmen and people important to the history of Texas in one way or another.

Birth and death dates are below the names of such people as David Crockett who is probably best known for his valiant fight at the Battle of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

Others include such luminaries like James Bowie, William Barrett Travis and Sam Houston (the latter of whom was the first President of the Republic of Texas).

Climbing the steps and looking at these names which are memorialized is a very special token to their importance and what they each achieved with their lives when they were alive.

Stairs inside of Goode Co. Barbecue / Katy Freeway in Houston

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Side view of the stairwell leading upstairs.Statue at the top of the stairwell.Close-up photo of a few of the steps leading upstairs at Goode Co. Barbecue.
Side view of the stairwell leading upstairs.
Side view of the stairwell leading upstairs. | Source
Statue at the top of the stairwell.
Statue at the top of the stairwell. | Source
Close-up photo of a few of the steps leading upstairs at Goode Co. Barbecue.
Close-up photo of a few of the steps leading upstairs at Goode Co. Barbecue. | Source
One happy diner...my hubby!
One happy diner...my hubby! | Source

Hopefully these pictures and descriptions of what there is to see inside of Goode Co. Barbecue located on the Katy Freeway in Houston, Texas will entice you to visit and order some great tasting Texas barbecue if you are ever passing through this city.

Note...one does not have to have a horse, spurs or even a cowboy hat to feel comfortable here. The food and décor make this place truly a feast for kings, cowboys or anyone in between...which includes most of us.


So just saddle up your appetite and we will be seeing you there!

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Final picture from Goode Co BBQ ~ Mural on the top level of Goode Co. Barbecue / Katy Freeway location in Houston, Texas

Mural on the top level of Goode Co. Barbecue / Katy Freeway location in Houston, Texas
Mural on the top level of Goode Co. Barbecue / Katy Freeway location in Houston, Texas | Source

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      I agree with you that anyone wanting a bit of flavor of good old Texas BBQ should definitely have this restaurant on their list of places to visit. That...and of course the décor makes it wonderful. Thanks for the votes + share.

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Great photos! Looks like a place anyone visiting Houston should have on their list. Interesting to hear Emeril's Yankee accent next to Jim Goode's ?Texas accent. Not sure which Goode was in the video . . .

      Voted up, interesting, and will share!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi alocsin,

      I know that you won't be disappointed with the food at Goode Co. BBQ. It is delicious! Thanks for your comment.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I've never been to Texas but love Texas-style BBQ. Putting this on my list for when I finally visit the state. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi James,

      I had no idea that Goode Co. Barbeque would be that well known outside of Houston environs. Amazing! Glad that you liked this and got to see some of the décor via my photos. Thanks for your comment.

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      Your writing skills are truly excellent. And as you know, I always rave about your photography.

      I can easily see that Jim Goode is an artist extraordinaire by the magnificent decor of his restaurant.

      I have heard of Goode Co. Barbecue from afar off. So it is quite famous. I want to add that I love the stairway, the juke box, and the carved Indian, too. Great stuff. Thank you for the pleasure of this journey. :D

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello xcubist,

      You are in "goode" company! :))

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      xcubist 6 years ago

      MMMM, I love this place.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi texasgirlfw,

      Nice to know about Angelos in Fort Worth. Goode Co. BBQ is really good as you say. Thanks for the affirmative comment.

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      texasgirlfw 6 years ago

      Love texas bar b q, I have been to Goode and it is really good. So is Angelos in Fort Worth.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Billy,

      The Goode Company Tacqueria is the one restaurant of theirs that we have not yet tried. Had friends over recently for dinner and they were talking about liking it. Will have to put it on our list! We like Mexican food so it is undoubtedly a winner judging from their other restaurants.

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      billyaustindillon 6 years ago

      Peggy we have had many good meals and times and Goode Company BBQ and of course the Armadillo Bar and Good Company Seafood - we actually had dinner last night at the Goode Company Tacqueria :)

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      This was a fun hub to write as Goode Co. Barbeque offers not only really good food, but the space is so nicely adorned with such a unique collection of memorabilia making it a special place to visit and dine. And each of their restaurants (even the other BBQ ones) have different decor. Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Cheryl J. 6 years ago from Houston, TX

      Thsnks for sharing this great hub on Goode-Co Texas Bar-B-Que. There is nothing as delicious as Goode-Co Texas Barbeque and Pecan Pie. Very nice murals, photos and videos of this great restaurant. Lots of interesting and beautiful adornments. Great hub and beautiful.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi quester.ltd,

      Thanks for the confirmation about the tastiness of Goode Co. Texas Barbeque food. Ummm, dinnertime is fast approaching. Making me hungry! :)

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      quester.ltd 6 years ago

      great place and great hub

      and yes, the food is great!

      q

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      Like you, I think that those carved Indians (there are 2 of them on either side of the room leading to the back) at Goode Co. Barbeque are spectacular. They really find some interesting decor for their restaurants! Thanks for the comment.

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      agusfanani 6 years ago from Indonesia

      It's another very interesting story Peggy. I love those ethnics ornaments which make this restaurant has specialty in its decoration, specially that carved Indian.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Pamela,

      I think that you would find much to your liking in Houston...Goode Co. Texas Barbeque being just one of them. Would be fun meeting you in person someday. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Peggy, Those pictures are fantastic and I sure would love to visit there and Houston in general. The food sounds fantastic and I really love the decor of the restaurant. Great hub!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Om,

      Haha! Cute comment. OK readers...from now on you have your warning! Extreme hunger can be sated at Goode Co. Texas Barbeque...but if one is drooling, please wipe your lips! :)))

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Hey, Peggy. You should have put a warning at the beginning of this hub: "Don't read this when your stomach is empty. Extreme hunger and excessive drooling may occur!"

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SUSIE42,

      Many people like Texas Barbeque and for those who have never tried it...they are really missing something great! Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      SUSIE42 6 years ago

      I love texas bar b que.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Hello, hello,

      Happy to be able to share information about this beautiful restaurant that has such good food as well. Goode Co. Texas Barbeque has it all wrapped up in one great package! Thanks for your comment.

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you so much for such a wonderful 'trip'. It must have awesome to see it. The carving of the Indian is incredible. You think he is alive.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Truckstop Sally,

      I do thank "my lucky stars" that I am in Texas. Could do with a little less heat and a little more rain about now. Ha! You are lucky to live within walking distance of so many Goode Co. restaurants. Thanks for the comment and telling us about the chocolate ice box pie. Between you and Lisa, now viewers of this hub know that 2 of their desserts are personally voted up. :)))

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello D.A.L.,

      Too bad there is not "smell-a-vision" via computer so that the Texas Barbeque aromas could waft your way. At least you get to see what Goode Co. Barbeque restaurant looks like and how they operate. It is still a family run operation and a good one. Thanks for your comment and glad to hear you liked the photos.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charlu,

      We don't live next door to Goode Co. BBQ but fortunately it is only about a 20 minute drive away from our home with is nothing given the size of our city. The carvings and staircase truly are exceptional. Thanks for viewing and commenting.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Prasetio,

      It is always fun sharing a bit of our local flavor whether it comes to natural scenery or even such things as an interesting restaurant such as Goode Co. Barbeque who does things in a way to make Texans proud. Glad you liked this. Wish you could taste some of the food as well! Thanks for the comment and votes. Always happy to hear from you.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Marie Brannon,

      That is the one thing we have never done...eaten breakfast at a Goode Co. restaurant. Obviously you like them! Good to know! Thanks for the comment.

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      Super hub as always! I agree with Charles - you should be in PR!! And for the record, the chocolate "ice box" pie is delicious! My favorite Goode restaurants are the Taqueria (hamburgers too) and the Seafood restaurant . . . and those 2 with another BBQ place are all within walking distance. Crazy good eats! You might thank your lucky stars you are in Texas!

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      Dave 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi, once again I have had a taste [Almost literally]of your world which is always brought closer by your super photography. Thank you and best wishes to you.

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      Charlu 6 years ago from Florida

      Awesome hub with phenomenal pictures. It's times these when I want to live right next to the restaurant That staircase and the carvings are incredible. I love bbq ribs ahh my mouth is watering already. Pushed all the up buttons and thanks for sharing.

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Hi, Peggy. How are you today? I hope you always fine and healthy....amen. Wow... you have done a great job here. You always amaze me with wonderful hub like this one. I love barbeque. I wish I can visit Goode Co. Barbeque someday. It looks cozy place to enjoy Texas barbeque. I love all stunning pictures here. You fly my imagination about this place. You got my vote and I'll press all buttons here (except funny). Cheers..

      Love and peace,

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      Marie Brannon 6 years ago

      Very thorough and interesting. Although we live in Pearland now, my family and I are big fans of Goode. We've eaten a million breakfasts on the patio of the Goode's on Kirby/Westpark. Awesome food and great hub.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lisa,

      This is a great place to take out of town guests. It gives people a visual as well as gustatory taste of Texas! Thanks for taking the time to comment. Appreciate it! :))

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      Lisa H. 6 years ago

      Since we live close to this location of Gooode Co. BBQ, we go there often to eat in or take home as carry out. We always take out of town guests there too and they always love the experience!Since we do love dessert, we have enjoyed many slices of the their Pecan Pie and it is phenominal!! Really enjoyed reading this, Peggy and the photos are great.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Gene,

      If you ever make it to Houston, we'll have to put Goode Co. Barbeque on our list of places to visit. I just know you will love it! Thanks for your visit and comment. :))

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      Gene Jasper 6 years ago

      Peggy, this makes my mouth water! Of course I've never been to a Texas BBQ joint that I didn't like so I may not be the best judge.

      Gene

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Charles,

      Glad you liked this. As a fellow Houstonian I would guess that you have enjoyed Goode Co. BBQ more than once. Right? We really like it. Thanks for the compliment on writing this. :))

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      Charles Criner 6 years ago

      What great advertising for a business. I don't believe that any advertising agency could do what you have done for Goode BBQ. Goode BBQ should take what you have done and build a brochure for their business.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi dahoglund,

      If you like good BBQ, you would love Goode Co. Barbeque since it is smoked for a long time with low temperatures. Great flavor and fall off the bone tender! Thanks for the first comment.

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      Don A. Hoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      You always have great pictures. I love good barbecue. I cannot stand the kind of thing called barbecue they serve in fast food places where they just put sauce on cooked meat. Unfortunately my wife does not get along with it and can't eat it. I have about the same reaction to brats as she does to barbecue.

      I voted this up,beautiful and awesome.