Dallas-Fort Worth's 10 Best Barbecue Joints

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Stephen Masker
Texas barbecue: You and I know it's the best. More importantly, it's a food where, if you leave the state, you'll notice other states do barbecue in strange and terrifying ways that make you feel wrong. Once I went to Oklahoma (this is how all great stories start, I know), ordered brisket and was served what amounted to wafer-thin lunch meat. Was it smoked? I don't know. I was too scared.

Dallas has been undergoing something of a barbecue revolution. Where once there was Dickey's and Sonny Bryan's, now there are independents with fancy cooking methods and no desire for a mass market. Even better, thanks to the nature of the beast, they're charging the same prices. Meanwhile, in Fort Worth, the same few barbecue restaurants have been plugging away at high-quality barbecue for decades.

See also: An Englishman In BBQ Sauce Archives

Here we go, then, with a rundown of DFW's (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER) best spots, from this year's most controversial and hotly contested of Best Of Dallas awards, Best Barbecue.

*****

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Kiernan Maletsky
Angelo's (Full Review)
From the stuffed bear inside, to the location on "White Settlement Road," to the gigantic beers and the deceptively huge interior (truly this is the TARDIS of barbecue venues), everything about Angelo's in Fort Worth will make it a memorable trip. What you will especially not forget is the quality of the brisket -- smoky and gloopy, fatty and tearable, it's one of the few briskets in Dallas-Fort Worth that will never need sauce.

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Mama Faye's (Full Review)
The use of the word underrated is overrated. Nevertheless, lots of things are underrated. Rugby. Maggie Gyllenhaal. The DART Green Line. Coincidentally, the Green Line will take you straight to the most underrated Texas barbecue venue on this list, Mama Faye's in Deep Ellum.

In what should be a prime position, it seems to have been forgotten about on a far-flung corner of Commerce Street, but with sausage and brisket like this, it absolutely should not be. Also, they're very tolerant of drunk people. No further comment necessary.

*****

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Kiernan Maletsky
Odom's BBQ (Full Review)
With bars across the windows and a slightly sketchy overall vibe, Odom's is the best old-school downtown barbecue joint in Dallas. Odom's will serve you some of the finest ribs imaginable. Just remember to ask for the sauce on the side, unless your idea of good sauce is a swimming pool's worth.


Location Info

Mama Faye's

2933 Commerce St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Mama Faye's

2933 Commerce St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Odom's Bar-B-Que

1971 Singleton Blvd., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pecan Lodge

2702 Main St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Meshacks

240 E. Ave. B, Garland, TX

Category: Restaurant

Cousin's Bar-B-Q

6262 McCart Ave., Fort Worth, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lockhart Smokehouse

400 W. Davis St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

The Slow Bone Barbecue

2234 Irving Blvd., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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33 comments
srhailey69
srhailey69

I stand corrected Meshacks is on the list! Agreed bad ass Q --However Mike Andersons on Harry Hines and Katy Trails weekend Q is up there with the best!

srhailey69
srhailey69

What about Meshacks in Garland, Mike Andersons on Harry Hines these must be advertisers listed? Objective news reporting.


kopanil
kopanil

Green Line is badass

tj005
tj005

121 W 4th Street Anna TX 75409 Daddy Rex's Twisted BBQ!

stormyfritz87
stormyfritz87

maybe they should go checkout Roscoes Smokehouse in Burleson =) ive had a few of these amd idk how they made top 10!

michael_waite
michael_waite

D2's in Pantego.  Don't let the building fool you.  Patrick Jones knows BBQ

jerry_leeper
jerry_leeper

I can't respect a list with Odom's on it.  The fact that Odom's is considered top anything BBQ in DFW is a serious indictment of North Texas BBQ. Not that Odom's unfortunately isn't some of the better BBQ in DFW. Simply reflects the general quality, or lack thereof, of the BBQ in the area.  

And this is not about Odom's ambiance, location, or neighborhood.  I like BBQ dives.  Odom's just isn't a good BBQ dive.


romeolipschitz
romeolipschitz

Why did the author put Angelo's location in quotes?  "White Settlement Road," ...

That is the name of the road. Was the author implying some sort of racism on the part of Angelo's?

brockh.22
brockh.22

What about 3 Stacks over in Frisco? They have great bbq and a wide variety of craft beers on tap!! Their pizzas are freakin awesome as well!!!

jackmck
jackmck

Mac's has not changed their fried potato ritual.  The potatoes are peeled and cut each morning and fried behind the counter as customers line up before and afternoon.  Eat them plain, with ketchup or sauce.  Greasy?  Possibly.  They are not Satisfries. Since 1978, I have used their brisket as a yardstick against all others. 

Lurch
Lurch

Got food poisoning twice in my life, both times at barbecue restaurants. Lufkin Barbecue and Sonny Bryan's on Campbell Road. Do all my barbecuing at home now.

G_David
G_David

I actually went to Mac's this week.  Meat was great.  Ironically, the fries really weren't all that.  They seemed neither hand-cut nor fresh, and were amazingly greasy.  Gabe has let me down. 

As for this line from Gavin: "The setting ain't all that, but Justin and Diane have turned a simple Farmer's Market booth into a tourist attraction using only word of mouth."  I guess he's never heard of a little show called Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.  Or maybe he considers that word of mouth.

l.neal.saenz
l.neal.saenz

Leaves me craving Austins BBQ formerly @ Hampton and Illinois in south Oak Cliff.

John396
John396

Funny we have Angelo's in Illinois, BEST pizza place around!!

Two thumbs up----

Gabe49
Gabe49

Just celebrated the big "49" yesterday. Ate myself into a meat sweat induced food coma with copious amounts of jalepeno sausage and fresh, hand cut fries.  Speaking of sausage, a "must try" is Mac's BBQ in Dallas on Main, only open for lunch on Mon. - Fri. Their meaty ribs are outstanding, great sauce, don't miss jalapeño sausage. Fries are fresh, hand cut.


DJ_K_OS
DJ_K_OS

If you're going to dis brussels sprouts, then it kind of undermines your food critic resume.  Just sayin'...

Gabe46
Gabe46

I respect these places, but the brisket at Mac's Barbecue is "da bomb" and the good folks there serve it up with justifiable pride. Their jalapeno sausage will make "your asshole," "burn," but it's so worth it since it "ruins the curve" when judging all other barbecue joints in the area. Here's a hint: Mac's Barbecue, serving big meaty ribs on Main Street right here in Dallas, is open only for lunch!

Gabe48
Gabe48

These places are good, but the best barbecue in Dallas, is Mac's Barbecue on Main St., only open for lunch. The jalapeño sausage is "off the charts", and big meaty ribs, great sauce.

ksweat1
ksweat1

@brockh.22 you answered your own question..........they also have pizza, that's why they did not make the list!

kris_1225
kris_1225

@G_David They got on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives because they were popular, not the other way around. Sometimes it works that way.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@John396 Thankfully the Angelo's (the Italian restaurant) in Dallas finally closed. Their food was terrible

JustSaying
JustSaying

@Gabe49 Don't forget when you go to ask for the "Gabe48 Special" which is a 12 inch tapered jalapeno sausage with bbq lube.

gabe
gabe

@Gabe46 

I did not post this, would NEVER use foul language, my posts read "gabe", not gabe46.

gabe
gabe

@Gabe46 

I did not post this, I would NEVER use bad language.  My post show just "gabe", not gabe 46, do not know who is posting these.

Gabe46
Gabe46

P.S. There may be a commenter who comments on this thread that he saw a cockroach on his big meaty rib. Don't believe this liar! He is a bitter and small-minded guy who thinks he can scare Mac with a letter on fancy attorney letterhead. Mac is da bomb and would never serve a big meaty rib with a roach on it. Mac's is open only for lunch! 

G_David
G_David

@kris_1225 @G_David It was popular before the show, for sure.  But the wait went from about 10 minutes to an hour and a half after television came calling.  In other words, that's when I started going to Mama Faye's, which is damn near as good and 10 minutes down the street.  I wouldn't say it was a tourist attraction before Mr. Frosted Tips blew through. 

gabe
gabe

@Gabe46 

This did not come from me, someone else wrote this.

Twinwillow
Twinwillow

@G_David And, why I started going to (and enjoying immensely) The Slow Bone. Only 10 minutes from home and open every day.

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