Marine vet turns in uniform for BBQ apron to open famed Pasadena restaurant

Sunday, September 08, 2019

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PASADENA, Texas (KTRK) -- In a metal building that's expanded over the years, Andy's BBQ has seen its popularity similarly grow, making it a legendary spot in Pasadena

"Hawg wild" is how the restaurant is described by its owner.

"In Tennessee, we did pork BBQ," said owner Andy Cook. "I didn't really know brisket."

The Marine veteran is a quick learner. He moved from his native home of Tennessee decades ago, and after 39 years running a parking lot maintenance business, Cook decided he wanted to do food.

He had already been "practicing" BBQ on the side, and then went "whole hog." What once had been the Cook family's home is now the site of Andy's. Where the house was, there are now stainless steel smokers.

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There is a lot to do in Pasadena. Spend the day lounging by the pool at Strawberry Water Park, go shopping, and then enjoy dinner and a glass of wine at one of our local restaurants.