Where The Locals Eat: Texas Barbeque Edition
It’s high-time we addressed this issue. Here it is - the straight truth: the Dallas Metroplex has the best barbeque in the entire world. There, we said it. LA to Memphis, Alabama to Kansas City, there’s just nothing like Texas-style barbeque. And Dallas has it in droves.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let us present some evidence for the skeptics. In Texas, barbeque means beef. Pigs are for sausage, bacon, and boudin, but BBQ comes from a cow. Barbeque also means brisket, smoked slow and long to perfection. It’s cowboy steak and you can eat it “cowboy style” - that is - sans any sauces, schmears, or sides. Just take in the smoky, beefy goodness that is Texas BBQ. (Don’t worry, you can still have your sauces and sides.)
We know that even with our pitch and mouthwatering pics, many of you need to consult your tastebuds on who actually has the best barbeque. Luckily, we’re here to help you out with that. Below are five outstanding barbeque locations that you must try next time you’re in town.
Hard Eight has two locations in the greater Dallas Fort-Worth: one in Coppell, and one in The Colony. As you enter, the smell of smoked brisket, sausage, and ribs hits you. Approach the giant smokers, angels with serving tongs (also known as employees of Hard Eight) will apportion you as much meat as your tastebuds desire. Throw some homemade sides into the mix, and you’ve got a Texas-sized meal that might just be the highlight of your travels.
Pecan Lodge - where do we even start? Located in the popular Deep Ellum neighborhood, this Dallas hotspot wraps the block with lines of barbeque lovers on weekends. Luckily, these hopeful line-loiterers can have their fill of free smoked-scents while they wait. Once inside, you’re treated with smoked-to-perfection barbeque, scratch-ground and stuffed sausage, & sides and desserts cooked true to family recipes. Pecan Lodge is a must-visit on your barbeque tour.
Located just south of Dallas, award-winning chef, Dwight Harvey, brings gourmet barbeque to the Dallas area. This cozy establishment is known for the famous smoked brisket, but not forgotten are the baby back ribs, sausage, pulled pork, and smoked chicken. Fresh sides and desserts are available as well - if you leave room. Come check out Off The Bone Barbeque, a Dallas tradition.
Lockhart’s is located southwest of Dallas in the Bishop Arts District neighborhood, as well as a location in the north suburb of Plano. True to the “cowboy-style barbeque,” Lockhart’s is a “No forks! No sauce!” needed establishment. Take in the Texas-oak smoked scents and Schmidt-family favorite recipes, then wash it all down with a cold beer. You’ll be glad you came!
Smokey John’s has been creating some of the finest home-cooked barbeque meals since 1976. The scents of burning hickory wafting through the neighborhood wooes passerbys in the direction of the door - thus the nickname, “Smokey John’s.” Hearty Texas barbeque from ribs to hot links, fried catfish to brisket - and of course a variety of sides. John’s is all sourced using local, fresh ingredients. Follow the scent of hickory smoke to Smokey John’s!