There’s certainly more to be said – and learned! – about Corkscrew BBQ of Spring, TX (main website, pickup order website). The following is simply our first impression of the place.

Corkscrew was the first ‘cue of our 2019 Texas Barbecue Tour (Tour # 5 for those of you counting along at home). We based that Tour out of Houston, so driving up to Spring (24 miles to the north) made for a nice little half-day trip.

We ended up wishing we had budgeted more time.

The pound of brisket ($20.00), and half-rack of ribs ($14.00) gave us plenty to eat and really set the table for the Tour. We were clearly not the first people to venture out to Corkscrew for a meal — the team working the counter makes customers sign their order to confirm how they ordered their meal. No complaining of “wet” or “fatty” meat here: You get what you paid for, and what we got was good.

We had noticed groups of people walking past Corkscrew, and once we finished eating, we discovered why: Spring, TX has the vibe of an artists’ community, complete with studios, shops, coffee houses, and more. There was more going on here than we had expected… but we couldn’t stay to explore the town further. We had tickets to the Houston Rodeo that night, and a full Tour to begin after that.

If you plan your own trip to Corkscrew, give yourself an extra hour or two to check out the town and let us know what else is there… that’ll help us plan for the next Tour.

— Essay Dan Meade
Photos by Dan Meade & Rob Bellinger
Date of visit: 3/02/2019
Date of Publication: 3/22/2020