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The brisket platter at Goldee’s in Fort Worth.
Kathy Tran

The 17 Essential Dallas-Fort Worth Barbecue Joints

The metroplex’s top destinations for barky brisket, snappy sausages, and a truly impressive bounty of side dishes

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The brisket platter at Goldee’s in Fort Worth.
| Kathy Tran

Whether you’re talking about smoky brisket or snappy, spicy sausage, barbecue is an essential part of Dallas’s dining scene. Even though the Hill Country still dominates the state’s barbecue conversation, there’s still plenty of stunning barbecue to be had in Dallas and Fort Worth.

From enormous beef ribs to perfectly juicy slabs of brisket, these 17 Dallas barbecue destinations are a must for all smoked meat enthusiasts.

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1. Hutchins BBQ

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1301 N Tennessee St
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 548-2629
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In Frisco and McKinney, Hutchins serves up a bounty of brisket, ribs, baked beans, and so much more. Definitely order the Texas Twinkies, which are jalapenos stuffed with brisket and cream cheese then wrapped in bacon and smoked to perfection.

2. Cattleack Barbeque

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13628 Gamma Rd
Dallas, TX 75244
(972) 805-0999
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Because it’s only open for lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Cattleack draws a line every time the doors are open. The brisket is nice and juicy, and the Hatch chile and cheese sausages are especially snappy. Looking to really feast? Order the Toddfather, an enormous sandwich topped with brisket, pulled pork, sausage, and a scoop of coleslaw for extra crunch.

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3. Intrinsic Smokehouse Brewery + BBQ Catering

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509 W State St
Garland, TX 75040
(972) 272-2400
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It may go against everything you know about ordering at a barbecue place, but order the smoked turkey here. They brine it to perfection and it is moist, flavorful, and delicious. Intrinsic is also a great spot to come for weekend brunch, when the team get especially creative with the menu, serving up meals like brisket with burnt-end gravy on a biscuit with an egg on top.

4. One90 Smoked Meats

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10240 Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75238
(214) 346-3287
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This boutique purveyor of smoked meats serves whole briskets, turkey breasts, and pork loins, all vacuum sealed and ready to prepare at home. There’s also an solid menu of dine-in and take-out options, including pulled pork sandwiches, brisket tacos, and salads.

5. Smokey's John's Bar-B-Que

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1820 W Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75235
(214) 352-2752
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This Dallas icon has been a staple of the smoked meats scene for decades, and that expertise shows. The brisket is tender and juicy, the ribs are nice and smoky, and the cooks here absolutely cannot be beat when it comes to sides. Chow down on collard greens, candied yams, and potato salad. Then be prepared to immediately need a nap.

6. Loro

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1812 N Haskell Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 833-4983
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Brisket smoking is the first thing you smell when you pull up to Loro and with the pedigree of Aaron Franklin, of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue behind it, it’s tempting to load up a plate full. But, give the smoked prime bavette a try too, it’s melt-in-your-mouth soft and topped with an unforgettable shishito salsa verde. Thanks to the influence of Chef Tyson Cole, the menu of sides are not your usual fare. In spring and summer, the tomato and cucumber salad comes with cantelope and is the most refreshing thing on a plate.

7. The Slow Bone

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2234 Irving Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207
(214) 377-7727
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A stalwart of Dallas’s barbecue scene, the Slow Bone’s prime brisket, smoked ribs, and pulled pork just can’t be beat. Order a two-meat plate, or consider the pork rib sandwich, a saucy and messy open-faced offering that won’t disappoint.

8. Terry Black's Barbecue

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3025 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(469) 399-0081
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This join is an Austin export with a Lockhart pedigree. It serves barky brisket, snappy sausages, and giant beef ribs that pair beautifully with sides including mac and cheese, Mexican rice, and baked potato salad. Don’t forget to add a mini pecan pie to your order.

9. Pecan Lodge

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2702 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 748-8900
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Pecan Lodge, which is arguably Dallas’ most famous barbecue destination, still attracts lines years after its founding thanks to impossibly fragrant and crispy brisket, house-ground sausage, and hulking beef ribs. Don’t sleep on the fried chicken — it’s excellent.

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10. Baby Back Shak

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1800 S Akard St
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 428-7427
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This Memphis-style BBQ spot is known for its ribs, of course, but don’t overlook the boudin: it’s one of the city’s best versions of this classic Cajun sausage.

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11. Off the Bone Barbeque

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1734 Botham Jean Blvd
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 565-9551
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The proteins at Off the Bone, including baby back ribs, tender chicken, and brisket, are smoked to perfection over pecan wood. Pair with sides like queso mac and cheese and baked beans, and prepare to be transported to barbecue heaven.

12. Lockhart Smokehouse

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400 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 944-5521
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With three locations in DFW, Lockhart Smokehouse makes reliably good, Central Texas style barbecue accessible. The sausages here, shipped in from the legendary Kreuz Market in Lockhart, Texas, are an especially yummy choice.

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13. Zavala's Barbecue

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421 W Main St
Grand Prairie, TX 75050
(817) 330-9061
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This Grand Prairie barbecue destination is worth the drive, thanks to its succulent brisket, juicy (and massive) pork ribs, and excellent sides like cheesy jalapeño hominy and spicy coleslaw. Best of all, you can tuck that tender brisket into pillowy soft flour tortillas, then douse with barbecue sauce and salsa verde for Texas perfection in one bite.

14. Panther City BBQ

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201 E Hattie St
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(682) 499-5618
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Panther City started as a food truck and turned into the place to get pork belly poppers: that is, burnt ends, a Fort Worth favorite, stuffed inside jalapeños with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon — a clever take on shrimp brioche. There are lots of other Mexican influenced barbecue plates here, including their brisket guisada, swimming in its meaty sauce, and brisket elote, layered into creamy corn and cilantro.

15. Hurtado Barbecue

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205 E Front St
Arlington, TX 76010
(682) 323-5141
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Blending traditional Central Texas barbecue techniques with Tex-Mex flavors, Arlington favorite Hurtado slings a slew of creative dishes alongside staples like brisket and smoked turkey. Get there early for birria tacos, brisket-topped tostadas, and gigantic beef ribs.

16. Heim Barbecue & Catering

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1109 W Magnolia Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104
(817) 882-6970
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The brisket, sausage, and ribs at this Fort Worth barbecue joint are stellar, but the real star of the show is the bacon burnt ends. These delightfully smoky little nuggets of pork belly are slathered in a sweet and peppery glaze, and it’s damn near impossible to eat just one.

17. Goldee's Barbecue

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4645 Dick Price Rd
Fort Worth, TX 76140
(817) 480-4131
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After topping the Texas Monthly barbecue list for 2021, the lines to eat at Goldee’s are epic — and completely worth it. At this Fort Worth spot, diners can enjoy the work of a group of young pitmasters who got experience working in some of the state’s best barbecue spots. Pair brisket and pulled pork with pinto beans, collard greens, and super cheesy grits. Save room for dessert — the bread pudding is a real stunner.

1. Hutchins BBQ

1301 N Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069

In Frisco and McKinney, Hutchins serves up a bounty of brisket, ribs, baked beans, and so much more. Definitely order the Texas Twinkies, which are jalapenos stuffed with brisket and cream cheese then wrapped in bacon and smoked to perfection.

1301 N Tennessee St
McKinney, TX 75069

2. Cattleack Barbeque

13628 Gamma Rd, Dallas, TX 75244
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Because it’s only open for lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Cattleack draws a line every time the doors are open. The brisket is nice and juicy, and the Hatch chile and cheese sausages are especially snappy. Looking to really feast? Order the Toddfather, an enormous sandwich topped with brisket, pulled pork, sausage, and a scoop of coleslaw for extra crunch.

13628 Gamma Rd
Dallas, TX 75244

3. Intrinsic Smokehouse Brewery + BBQ Catering

509 W State St, Garland, TX 75040

It may go against everything you know about ordering at a barbecue place, but order the smoked turkey here. They brine it to perfection and it is moist, flavorful, and delicious. Intrinsic is also a great spot to come for weekend brunch, when the team get especially creative with the menu, serving up meals like brisket with burnt-end gravy on a biscuit with an egg on top.

509 W State St
Garland, TX 75040

4. One90 Smoked Meats

10240 Northwest Hwy, Dallas, TX 75238

This boutique purveyor of smoked meats serves whole briskets, turkey breasts, and pork loins, all vacuum sealed and ready to prepare at home. There’s also an solid menu of dine-in and take-out options, including pulled pork sandwiches, brisket tacos, and salads.

10240 Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75238

5. Smokey's John's Bar-B-Que

1820 W Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75235

This Dallas icon has been a staple of the smoked meats scene for decades, and that expertise shows. The brisket is tender and juicy, the ribs are nice and smoky, and the cooks here absolutely cannot be beat when it comes to sides. Chow down on collard greens, candied yams, and potato salad. Then be prepared to immediately need a nap.

1820 W Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75235

6. Loro

1812 N Haskell Ave., Dallas, TX 75204

Brisket smoking is the first thing you smell when you pull up to Loro and with the pedigree of Aaron Franklin, of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue behind it, it’s tempting to load up a plate full. But, give the smoked prime bavette a try too, it’s melt-in-your-mouth soft and topped with an unforgettable shishito salsa verde. Thanks to the influence of Chef Tyson Cole, the menu of sides are not your usual fare. In spring and summer, the tomato and cucumber salad comes with cantelope and is the most refreshing thing on a plate.

1812 N Haskell Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204

7. The Slow Bone

2234 Irving Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

A stalwart of Dallas’s barbecue scene, the Slow Bone’s prime brisket, smoked ribs, and pulled pork just can’t be beat. Order a two-meat plate, or consider the pork rib sandwich, a saucy and messy open-faced offering that won’t disappoint.

2234 Irving Blvd
Dallas, TX 75207

8. Terry Black's Barbecue

3025 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

This join is an Austin export with a Lockhart pedigree. It serves barky brisket, snappy sausages, and giant beef ribs that pair beautifully with sides including mac and cheese, Mexican rice, and baked potato salad. Don’t forget to add a mini pecan pie to your order.

3025 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

9. Pecan Lodge

2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
Pecan Lodge Barbecue Robert Strickland

Pecan Lodge, which is arguably Dallas’ most famous barbecue destination, still attracts lines years after its founding thanks to impossibly fragrant and crispy brisket, house-ground sausage, and hulking beef ribs. Don’t sleep on the fried chicken — it’s excellent.

2702 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

10. Baby Back Shak

1800 S Akard St, Dallas, TX 75215
Baby Back Shak/Facebook

This Memphis-style BBQ spot is known for its ribs, of course, but don’t overlook the boudin: it’s one of the city’s best versions of this classic Cajun sausage.

1800 S Akard St
Dallas, TX 75215

11. Off the Bone Barbeque

1734 Botham Jean Blvd, Dallas, TX 75215

The proteins at Off the Bone, including baby back ribs, tender chicken, and brisket, are smoked to perfection over pecan wood. Pair with sides like queso mac and cheese and baked beans, and prepare to be transported to barbecue heaven.

1734 Botham Jean Blvd
Dallas, TX 75215

12. Lockhart Smokehouse

400 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208
Lori Bandi/EDFW

With three locations in DFW, Lockhart Smokehouse makes reliably good, Central Texas style barbecue accessible. The sausages here, shipped in from the legendary Kreuz Market in Lockhart, Texas, are an especially yummy choice.

400 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

13. Zavala's Barbecue

421 W Main St, Grand Prairie, TX 75050

This Grand Prairie barbecue destination is worth the drive, thanks to its succulent brisket, juicy (and massive) pork ribs, and excellent sides like cheesy jalapeño hominy and spicy coleslaw. Best of all, you can tuck that tender brisket into pillowy soft flour tortillas, then douse with barbecue sauce and salsa verde for Texas perfection in one bite.

421 W Main St
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

14. Panther City BBQ

201 E Hattie St, Fort Worth, TX 76104

Panther City started as a food truck and turned into the place to get pork belly poppers: that is, burnt ends, a Fort Worth favorite, stuffed inside jalapeños with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon — a clever take on shrimp brioche. There are lots of other Mexican influenced barbecue plates here, including their brisket guisada, swimming in its meaty sauce, and brisket elote, layered into creamy corn and cilantro.

201 E Hattie St
Fort Worth, TX 76104

15. Hurtado Barbecue

205 E Front St, Arlington, TX 76010

Blending traditional Central Texas barbecue techniques with Tex-Mex flavors, Arlington favorite Hurtado slings a slew of creative dishes alongside staples like brisket and smoked turkey. Get there early for birria tacos, brisket-topped tostadas, and gigantic beef ribs.

205 E Front St
Arlington, TX 76010

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16. Heim Barbecue & Catering

1109 W Magnolia Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104

The brisket, sausage, and ribs at this Fort Worth barbecue joint are stellar, but the real star of the show is the bacon burnt ends. These delightfully smoky little nuggets of pork belly are slathered in a sweet and peppery glaze, and it’s damn near impossible to eat just one.

1109 W Magnolia Ave
Fort Worth, TX 76104

17. Goldee's Barbecue

4645 Dick Price Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76140

After topping the Texas Monthly barbecue list for 2021, the lines to eat at Goldee’s are epic — and completely worth it. At this Fort Worth spot, diners can enjoy the work of a group of young pitmasters who got experience working in some of the state’s best barbecue spots. Pair brisket and pulled pork with pinto beans, collard greens, and super cheesy grits. Save room for dessert — the bread pudding is a real stunner.

4645 Dick Price Rd
Fort Worth, TX 76140

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