OMG Famous Barbque brings Midwestern-style barbecue to Spring

Rib tips ($6.95 per half-pound) These meat cuts contain cartilage but no bone. (Brooke Ontiveros/Community Impact Newspaper)
Rib tips ($6.95 per half-pound) These meat cuts contain cartilage but no bone. (Brooke Ontiveros/Community Impact Newspaper)

Rib tips ($6.95 per half-pound) These meat cuts contain cartilage but no bone. (Brooke Ontiveros/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Wings ($2.50 per wing) Cooked-to-order whole wings can be bought individually or as a meal. (Brooke Ontiveros/Community Impact Newspaper)
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From left, Bryant Rushing and Wyman Brown opened OMG Famous Barbque in 2019. (Brooke Ontiveros/Community Impact Newspaper)
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OMG Famous Barbque boasts a variety of house-made sauces and rubs for its meats. (Ronald Winters/Community Impact Newspaper)
Famous Barbque owners Bryant Rushing and Wyman Brown did not name their restaurant—the community did.••“People [were] tasting our food, and they were saying, ‘Oh my goodness, this is so good, oh my God,’” Rushing said.

Brown and Rushing said they have been perfecting their homemade barbecue recipes since they were children. Growing up in Detroit, Brown said family cookouts turned into competitions, and that he even sold barbecue on a small scale as a child.

“In Texas, there was a void in the barbecue scene as far as being like a backyard barbecue,” Rushing said. “If you taste a lot of this barbecue out here, they’re very similar to each other. We use a different formula in our barbecue so it tastes like home.”

While OMG’s competitors typically use wood-centric barbecuing techniques, Brown and Rushing use a combination of logs and charcoal to reduce the taste of wood in their meats and enhance the taste of OMG’s seasonings and sauces. And with barbecue influences from Detroit and Chicago—where Brown and Rushing grew up, respectively—the duo is able to offer Midwestern-style barbecue in Texas.

After the two met in California and moved to Texas in the early 2010s, Brown convinced Rushing to start OMG Famous Barbque in 2019. OMG’s signature rib tips—cuts of meat that contain cartilage but no bone—are synonymous with Midwestern barbecue, but uncommon in Texas. Additionally, the restaurant serves chicken wings, burgers and desserts, ranging from Strawberry Bomb Pudding to Wyman’s Carmel Cake.


Rushing said OMG’s Midwestern-style barbecue has turned some customers into daily fans and others into newfound barbecue sauce lovers.

“A lady came in here and said, ‘I don’t want sauce on my barbecue,’” Rushing said. “I said, ‘OK, well, I’ll give you a sample. I want you to just try it.’ So she goes with a rib and little cup of sauce ... and the next thing she said was, ‘Put it on there. This is awesome.’”

While Rushing and Brown said OMG faced difficulties during the pandemic due to supply shortages, the business owners said they are looking to continue growing their customer base by expanding the restaurant’s hours and getting OMG’s bottled barbecue sauce onto retail shelves.

“It’s been a lifelong dream to own a barbecue business,” Brown said.

OMG Famous Barbque

14715 TC Jester Blvd., Ste. 900, Houston

832-626-0777

www.omgfamousbbq.com

Hours: Tue.-Sat. noon-7 p.m., closed Sun.-Mon.
By Brooke Ontiveros

North Houston Intern, Tomball/Magnolia & Conroe/Montgomery & Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Brooke joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editorial intern for summer 2021. Brooke covers education, local government, business, real estate development and health. She goes to The University of Texas at Austin and has served as an editor and reporter for the University newspaper The Daily Texan.



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