Ray’s Real Pit BBQ Shack: Best Que in Town

Ray’s Real Pit BBQ Shack, “Smokin’ Good with a Whole Lotta Soul,” is a family owned and operated restaurant that has become a staple in Houston’s Third Ward and Riverside communities. Known for its hickory-smoked meats served with homemade sides and desserts all made fresh daily, the restaurant also serves burgers, salads, soups, po’boys, baked potatoes and fish and shrimp dinners in a casual and relaxed dining room.


Black Restaurant Week Special

“The fried corn on the cobb is so good you will want to slap the servers” – Gristle & Gossip

I’d been hearing about #RaysBBQShack for almost a year before deciding to try it out . Now, If I was from Texas I would have given this 5 stars. Mainly because I have never had quality BBQ in Houston. Due to this, I’m often forced to buy BBQ in bulk when in my hometown of Little Rock, AR.

“There’s something in the sauce” at Ray’s BBQ, is what I overheard a customer saying during my most recent Black Restaurant Week visit. I totally agree with that statement. Arkansas BBQ is a combination of great meat and sauce. I’ve found that most BBQ places in Houston, don’t even use sauce. When asked why, they often reply that the meat should speak for itself! I disagree, especially if your BBQ rub sucks! But I digress…

In addition to the fantastic BBQ, another reason to love Ray’s is the tight family run business. “official pittmaster” of Ray’s Real Pit BBQ Shack, Rayford “Ray” S. Busch is the heart and soul of the barbecue destination, providing the love, passion and patience needed to run a successful restaurant. Mrs. Maxine Holds down the fort, running orders and ensuring all is in tact while, her son (Herb) can be found greeting customers in the dining room.

A few very important notes about Ray’s BBQ Shack are the RULES and that it’s located in a gas station parking lot. You will find “Ray’s Rules” taped to the counter, but I’ve listed them below so there are no surprises.

Ray’s Rules:

No Cell phones allowed at counter. Don’t approach the counter on your cell phone or you will be ignored. Plain and simple.

No refunds. Make sure you know what you want!

Ray’s closes at 8:00 pm no later. If you happen to arrive at 7:59 and approach the door at 8:00 pm, the nice young man will politely close the door in your face and flip the sign from open to close.

If you plan to visit Ray’s anytime soon and need a date, please let me know.

Ray's BBQ Shack Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

4529 Old Spanish Trail.  Monday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


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