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Backyard Smokehouse serves up traditional barbecue favorites at 13802 Fleur De Lis Blvd.
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Backyard dining room
The dining room at Backyard Smokehouse provides a casual and intimate atmosphere.
On Sept. 3, Backyard Smokehouse opened at the former J.B. Smokehouse location at the corner of Fleur De Lis and Huffmeister Road. The concept features an atmosphere similar to that of the well-known Backyard Grill, but with all new fare.
Backyard Grill took its roots in Cy-Fair in 2001 with the basics: hamburgers and cheeseburgers. Now, the menu provides patrons with a wide selection of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and—of course—Texas-sized burgers. Restaurant owner Mark McShaffry recently expanded his operation at the Backyard Smokehouse to offer his guests even more barbecue favorites, thick-cut steaks and chops.
“I always wanted to have a different concept,” McShaffry said. “It was important that the restaurants kept their own identities. While the grill is more like a family backyard, [the smokehouse] is like the deer lease.”
The restaurant incorporates a rustic design and offers a full bar with 14 Texas-brewed beers. It is also equipped with a smoker large enough to cook up to 40 briskets at one time, he said. With a background as a grill-master, McShaffry said he is excited to continue offering traditional barbecue to the area.
While some of the signature items that attract McShaffry's regular customers are available on the new menu, the smokehouse has completely revamped the sandwich selections with items such as the Wild Turkey ($8.49) with avocado, brown sugar bacon, swiss cheese and a honey bourbon sauce.
Once seated, I noticed the smells from the kitchen and smoker wafting through the dining room. Although the variety of sandwiches and salads was tempting, I felt the need for traditional barbecue. The menu offers no shortage of pulled pork, baby back ribs, steaks and chops. Nearly overwhelmed with options, I fixated on the rodeo platter ($8.99) served with several thick slabs of brisket, homemade barbecue sauce, your choice of regular or jalapeno sausage—or both—and two sides.
Descriptions of other menu options led me to believe that a variety of items could satiate any appetite.
Other original features include the catfish cakes appetizer ($8.29), which is drizzled with jalapeno honey mustard, and the Texas Lobster—a pork tenderloin stuffed with cream cheese, shrimp and jalapenos then wrapped in bacon and slow smoked ($12.99). Backyard Smokehouse offers nearly a dozen house-made hot sauce recipes and three different barbecue sauces.
13802 Fleur De Lis Blvd.
Houston • 281-469-3485