Where To Find The Best BBQ Restaurants In Dallas, TX
By Leah Freeman-Haskin
The South is known for many things: hospitality, scorching summers, and big hair to name a few. But BBQ has always been as ingrained in southern culture as country music. If you are heading to Dallas, Texas, here are a few spots to grab the best of the best in BBQ.
Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ
Every day, Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ fires up the great smoked meat classics that make Lockhart the “Barbecue Capital of Texas”. The website boasts that they are the only place in the DFW area where you can get Kreuz Market Sausage, and just like the original, the meat is served on butcher paper. The brisket, sausage, ribs, and other meats are smoked over Texas post oak and paired with updated versions of classic southern sides and some Schmidt family favorites like Lockhart slaw and deviled eggs.
“Where there’s smoke, there’s flavor.” That’s Pecan Lodge in a nutshell, proclaims the website. Honoring family recipes and traditions, this restaurant is known for its assortment of meats that are smoked to perfection. The menu boasts some serious BBQ offerings like pulled pork sandwiches, brisket, hand-made sausage, and The “Hot Mess”, made with jumbo sea salt crusted sweet potato, South Texas barbacoa (shredded brisket with southwestern seasoning), chipotle cream, cheese, butter, and green onions.
The Slow Bone
Slow Bone has been serving Texas-style barbecue since 2013. They are proud to smoke all of their meats on-site daily in a smoker they affectionately call “Miss Jessie”. They use only prime brisket, and offer lean and fatty choices so you can get your brisket just the way you like it. According to their website, Slow Bone’s fried chicken has won hearts and stomachs of critics and patrons alike, consistently ranking among the best in Dallas.
18th & Vine
“This is the best food you’ll eat in your life, we promise” is a big statement to make, especially in a city that prides itself on food. 18th & Vine is an upscale Kansas City barbecue, full-service restaurant, and bar founded by award-winning chef Scott Gottlich who has developed a unique menu in a comfortable yet casually chic environment. You can find pork rinds, hot smoked salmon, competition-style ribs, 12-hour brisket tacos, and much more on their decadent menu.
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Family-run Hutchins BBQ was started in 1978 as “Roy’s Smokehouse” in Princeton, Texas; originally a small establishment connected to Roy’s home. By 1991, Roy’s Smokehouse had become such a local favorite that Roy had to move to a bigger location. Today, the smokehouse offers some of the best meats in Dallas and arguably, in the South. Their smoked meat selection includes brisket, ribs, turkey, chicken, pork, and sausage.
Head uptown to Sammy’s Bar-B-Q, home to the borracho brisket, marinated in red wine, garlic, and herbs before being smoked and fully devoured. Some lighter menu options include zucchini casserole with Parmesan cheese and cornbread crumbs, crispy okra, and a chopped salad of avocado, tomato, and romaine. Make sure you save room for their famous pies which are made from family recipes.