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A picturesque platter of Pecan Lodge meats
A picturesque platter of Pecan Lodge meats
Robert Strickland

The 15 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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A picturesque platter of Pecan Lodge meats
| Robert Strickland

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 15 Dallas barbecue destinations are a must for all smoked meat enthusiasts.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Hutchins BBQ

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1301 N Tennessee St
McKinney, TX 75069
(972) 548-2629
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In Frisco, Hutchins serves up a bounty of brisket, ribs, baked beans, and so much more. Definitely order the Texas Twinkies, or jalapenos stuffed with brisket and cream cheese, then wrapped in bacon and smoked to perfection. Bonus: there’s free peach cobbler and banana pudding for diners who eat at the restaurant.

2. Cattleack Barbeque

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13628 Gamma Rd
Dallas, TX 75244
(972) 805-0999
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Open only for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays, Cattleack draws a line pretty much every time the doors are open. And for good reason: 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. 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 shaved beef tenderloin sandwiches, brisket tacos, and salads.

4. 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. Load your plate down with collard greens, candied yams, potato salad, and be prepared to immediately need a nap.

5. Lakewood Smokehouse

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1901 Abrams Rd
Dallas, TX 75214
(972) 677-7906
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Smoke is pretty much everywhere on the menu at this Lakewood barbecue joint, from the smoked salsa to barbecue-stuffed baked potatoes and pizzas laden with smoked turkey. Pair with sides like ranch potato salad and cabernet mushrooms for a barbecue experience that’s decidedly different.

6. 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.

7. Terry Black's Barbecue

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

8. Pecan Lodge

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2702 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226
(214) 748-8900
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Arguably Dallas’ most famous barbecue destination, Pecan Lodge still attracts lines years after its founding thanks to impossibly barky brisket, decadent mac and cheese, and hulking beef ribs. Don’t sleep on the fried chicken, though — it’s excellent.

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9. 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 sleep on the boudin: it’s one of the city’s best versions of this classic Cajun sausage.

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10. Off the Bone Barbeque

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1734 S Lamar St
Dallas, TX 75215
(214) 565-9551
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The proteins at Off the Bone, including baby back ribs, tender chicken, and of course 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.

11. 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 solid choice.

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12. 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 definitely worth the drive, thanks to its succulent brisket, juicy (and massive) beef ribs, and excellent sides like cheesy jalapeno hominy and potato salad. Best of all, though, 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.

13. Hurtado Barbecue | BBQ Arlington TX

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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.

14. 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.

15. Goldee's Barbecue

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4645 Dick Price Rd
Fort Worth, TX 76140
(817) 480-4131
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At this Fort Worth spot, diners can pair brisket and pulled pork with cole slaw, 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, Hutchins serves up a bounty of brisket, ribs, baked beans, and so much more. Definitely order the Texas Twinkies, or jalapenos stuffed with brisket and cream cheese, then wrapped in bacon and smoked to perfection. Bonus: there’s free peach cobbler and banana pudding for diners who eat at the restaurant.

1301 N Tennessee St
McKinney, TX 75069

2. Cattleack Barbeque

13628 Gamma Rd, Dallas, TX 75244
Kathy Tran

Open only for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays, Cattleack draws a line pretty much every time the doors are open. And for good reason: 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. 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 shaved beef tenderloin sandwiches, brisket tacos, and salads.

10240 Northwest Hwy
Dallas, TX 75238

4. 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. Load your plate down with collard greens, candied yams, potato salad, and be prepared to immediately need a nap.

1820 W Mockingbird Ln
Dallas, TX 75235

5. Lakewood Smokehouse

1901 Abrams Rd, Dallas, TX 75214

Smoke is pretty much everywhere on the menu at this Lakewood barbecue joint, from the smoked salsa to barbecue-stuffed baked potatoes and pizzas laden with smoked turkey. Pair with sides like ranch potato salad and cabernet mushrooms for a barbecue experience that’s decidedly different.

1901 Abrams Rd
Dallas, TX 75214

6. 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

7. Terry Black's Barbecue

3025 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

An Austin export with a Lockhart pedigree, barky brisket, snappy sausages, and giant beef ribs pair beautifully with sides like mac and cheese, Mexican rice, and baked potato salad. Don’t forget to add on a mini pecan pie to your order.

3025 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

8. Pecan Lodge

2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226
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Arguably Dallas’ most famous barbecue destination, Pecan Lodge still attracts lines years after its founding thanks to impossibly barky brisket, decadent mac and cheese, and hulking beef ribs. Don’t sleep on the fried chicken, though — it’s excellent.

2702 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226

9. Baby Back Shak

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

1800 S Akard St
Dallas, TX 75215

10. Off the Bone Barbeque

1734 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75215

The proteins at Off the Bone, including baby back ribs, tender chicken, and of course 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 S Lamar St
Dallas, TX 75215

11. 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 solid choice.

400 W Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

12. Zavala's Barbecue

421 W Main St, Grand Prairie, TX 75050

This Grand Prairie barbecue destination is definitely worth the drive, thanks to its succulent brisket, juicy (and massive) beef ribs, and excellent sides like cheesy jalapeno hominy and potato salad. Best of all, though, 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

13. Hurtado Barbecue | BBQ Arlington TX

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

14. 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

15. Goldee's Barbecue

4645 Dick Price Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76140

At this Fort Worth spot, diners can pair brisket and pulled pork with cole slaw, 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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