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Midtown BBQ slated to open April 20

Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle Image 1of/24 Caption Close Image 1 of 24 Pork spare ribs from Midtown BBQ, set to open April 20 at 2708 Bagby. Pork spare ribs from Midtown BBQ, set to open April 20 at 2708 Bagby. Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle Image 2 of 24 A beef rib from Midtown BBQ, set to open April 20 at 2708 Bagby. A beef rib from Midtown BBQ, set to open April 20 at…

April 20 is the projected day pedigree barbecue is set to arrive in Midtown. That’s the day Midtown BBQ is slated to open in the former OTC Midtown (and later Bourbon on Bagby) spot, 2708 Bagby.

The new barbecue project from chef Eric Aldis and pitmaster Brett Jackson in partnership with the building’s landlord.

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Aldis, currently chef of Corner Table in River Oaks, said Midtown BBQ will offer traditional Hill Country-style smoked meats including beef ribs, pork ribs, brisket, chicken, pork butt and sausage made for them by rancher Felix Florez of Black Hill Meats. And in the best Central Texas barbecue traditions, the meats are prepared not to hold all day but move quickly, especially brisket that has reached its optimal doneness: “When we’re out, we’re out,” Aldis said.

And maybe they’ll be out a lot given Jackson’s credentials: he worked in the smoky environs of the legendary Louie Mueller Barbecue in Taylor for two years. He and Aldis have been priming their opening with several pop-ups.

Now they’re ready for Houston to meet its newest entry into the city’s growing barbecue restaurant landscape.

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In addition to the familiar smoked meats lineup, Midtown BBQ also will offer specials such as smoked whole fish with chimichurri sauce; smoked shrimp and oysters; smoked leg of lamb with Greek yogurt; house-made pickles and collard greens; and french fries cooked in brisket fat. Plus there are local beers and a full bar.

Jackson will be barbecuing using custom portable smokers from a pitmaker in Gonzales.

Versions of those same smokers will be available for sale directly from the restaurant.

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