Brownsville Helen BBQ

Helen’s Barbecue
1016 N. Washington Ave.

Helen Turner may have opened her business in 1996, but she’s been preparing barbecue since the early 1980s.  The daughter of a cotton farmer and one of ten children, Helen’s customers stop by the house – the building was once a home – from across the country to try her pit barbecue with a side of potato salad, baked beans or coleslaw.  Pull pork and ribs are her specialty, and don’t forget her famous sauce.  Turner was featured in Southern Living’s Smokin’ Hot List of the Top 10 barbecue pitmasters in the South. She was also crowned the first-ever Queen of barbecue by the Southern Foodways Alliance.

North Washington Residential Historic District