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Growing up in Texas, my dad Charlie would never pass up the opportunity to pull over and try the low and slow BBQ that was being served in the various "que joints" across the state. From large chains to a small trailer on the corner, we tried them all.  

It was during this time that I learned a true appreciation for the art and burnt my first brisket in 1983 at 18 years of age. After 25 years of burning meat in the backyard, a passion for cooking and competition led me to dive into competitive barbeque.  Founded in 2009 and named after my dad who passed away in 2005, Pappa Charlie’s competed in multiple competitions across various states to include, Alabama, Arizona, California, Nevada, Missouri and Texas.


In 2014, Pappa Charlie’s Barbecue took to the streets in a 20 foot trailer. Selling Que at local bars, sporting events and festivals, the public began to take notice and so did the media. Receiving acclaim from Daniel Vaughn of Texas Monthly, Eric Sandler of Culture Map and JC Reid of the Houston Chronicle, we decided it was time to take the next step.  Our first Brick and Mortar restaurant was opened in October of 2015.

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New Location

2012 Rusk St, Houston, TX 77003

Hours of Operation
Monday - Closed
Tues - Sat- 11:30am to 8:00pm
Sun - 11:30am to 6:00pm






The Top 25 New and Improved BBQ Joints in Texas!


Houston's best barbecue joints 2016: Fearless pitmasters transform local scene.


After running a booming BBQ trailer at Jackson’s Watering Hole, pitmaster Wes Jurena branched out into a brick-and-mortar of his own last year

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From sporting watch parties to corporate events, Pappa Charlies can provide the barbecue you need. We can provide bulk meats and sides, we are not limited to traditional bbq, from prime rib to lamb chop, we can do it all. Because each event is unique, please contact us so we can determine the best way to meet your individual needs.



"Wesley arrived with the food on time, assisted with set up, and offered tips for serving. The food was delicious and made a great impression on the guests. There were many return trips to the buffet. He will be at the top of our list for future catered events for Letourneau University."

Lila A.


"The BBQ was amazing! The service is top notch and wonderfully friendly people to deal with. We look forward to using their service at some point again in the near future. Best Brisket EVER!!!"

Charlotte W.


"Pappa Charlies is the best BBQ I seriously have ever eaten. The brisket is absolutely amazing! Potato salad is the best I have ever had. With that being said...If you need catering to an event, don't even hesitate before having them cater for you. You will not regret it!"

 Taylor G.


"I worked with Wesley on a corporate party held at Lucky's Pub downtown in August 2013. I can with all honestly say that Wesley was truly fantastic to work with, the service we received could not have been better and the BBQ was delicious, we got many many comments on how good it was from our guests. We came to Wesley with an unconventional scenerio that had us providing our own beef from a steer purchased at the Rodeo. Wesley was extremely easy to work with around all the issues we needed to accomodate, and was a key part of making this event a success for our company. Beyond that he was just a fantastic person to work with!"

Lindsey D.


"Pappa Charlies provides the Sugar Land Skeeters with BBQ for the front office staff and press box and it is the best BBQ in town. We have been blown away by the quality of food that Wes delivers time and time agian! From the brisket to the beans Pappa Charlies hits a home run every time!"

Ryan D. 


"Excellent food, on time, reasonable cost for a lot of people. Ive done this several times and it never disappoints. He was far superior to the larger catering companies, easy to work with and the food is awesome."

Andy B.