Burning Questions With Killen’s Barbecue

Ronnie Killen was born to be a restaurateur, but the passion it takes to make a name in Texas barbecue isn’t something that can be taught in culinary school. Killen is a perfectionist at heart, so it’s no surprise that Killen’s Barbecue made both the 2017 and 2021 Top 50 lists. Nowadays, he owns and operates three restaurants in Pearland and Houston: Killen’s Barbecue, Killen’s Steakhouse, and Killen’s STQ. Who was the first person who taught you about barbecue?Jerry Killen.Do you remember a backyard or a barbecue joint that started your obsession?When I was in the third grade, my father made a brisket on a 55-gallon drum pit. That brisket sparked something in me and made me want to learn to do it myself. The…

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