Please note the title - this is only a list of new and improved places since the last Top 50 list. Several of the commenters didn’t understand that and protested that revered places on the most recent Top 50 are not included. Oh well, what can you expect - certainly not that they read the title of the article or the introductory paragraphs.
So obviously gourmets have discovered Texas barbecue, the foodie media and foodie celebrities can’t get enough of it. There are many new places trying to get into the game and other places upping their game. So it’s not enough for TM to publish a Top 50 once every five years, they have to do this update.
There are 5 in Austin, only one of which, Terry Black’s, have I heard anything about down here in Houston and that was just an announcement that it was planned. Four places in Houston (Killen’s in Pearland counts as Houston). I don’t think I’ve heard anything about Southern Q, but, hey, Houston is a very big place.
Most of these probably will not make the next TOP 50 list. People here widely expect Killen’s to not only make the Top 50 but crack the Top 5. Ronnie Killen expects to unseat Aaron Franklin as the reigning king. We’ll see about that.