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Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue has gone through many transformations in its 87-year history in Houston. The original location was bulldozed to make way for Interstate 10. A name change came along with new ownership in 1983. Since then, it has seen two new owners. And eighteen months ago, the pit room got a new addition: a steel offset smoker. Although the restaurant still uses a pair of ancient brick pits, thanks to a grandfather clause.Those brick pits are the workhorses of the kitchen. They go back to the early days of the restaurant, when it was called Shepherd Drive Bar-B-Q. In 1935, John Pinckney Davis and his wife, Leila, began serving barbecue out of their home under that name. Leila did all the cooking in the beginning while…
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