Erin Smith and Patrick Feges

Husband/wife team Erin Smith and Patrick Feges opened Feges BBQ in 2018. With their combined fine dining experience and Patrick’s barbecue expertise, Feges BBQ offers a new approach to barbecue combining traditional flavors and modern interpretations of classics.

Patrick is a self-taught pitmaster and Purple Heart recipient from injuries sustained during a tour in Iraq. It was during his recovery that he was hit with the barbecue bug. After culinary school, he cooked in some of Houston’s most acclaimed kitchens, including Underbelly, Brennan’s, Killen’s Barbecue and Southern Goods, while building his barbecue business on the side. Erin spent her early career in New York City, working at Per Se and Babbo before returning to Houston in 2010 to serve as executive chef of Plonk! Beer & Wine Bistro. She served as culinary director for the Clumsy Butcher Group and then executive chef at Main Kitchen before working as a sommelier at wine bar Camerata to hone her front-of-house skills. She won an episode of Chopped! in 2016, which provided the initial funding for Feges BBQ.

Feges BBQ was named one of the 33 Best BBQ Joints in America by Thrillist in 2018 and 2019, one of Texas Monthly’s 25 Best New BBQ Joints in Texas in 2019 and one of the Best New Southern Barbecue Joints by Garden & Gun in 2019.

Photo credit: Julie Soefer