Who Smokes the Best Barbecue in Fort Worth?

Vote Now to Decide – and Score $250 from the Winning Spot

It’s no secret that Texas dishes out some of the best barbecue in the country (and quite frankly, the world). Plenty of out-of-staters have attempted to cook up our famous beef brisket, juicy pork sausage, and tender pork ribs, but they just can’t measure up to our own in-state smoked meats. If there’s one place that knows that best, it’s Fort Worth. The city has so many award-winning, down-home barbecue joints, it’s almost unfair. But which one is best? Check out our list of Cowtown’s top ten barbecue hot-spots, and vote for your favorite in PaperCity‘s Best Barbecue in Fort Worth Challenge. You can vote once per day, so finish up your ‘cue and get voting.

Heim Barbecue

Heim Barbecue

Popular barbecue joint Heim knows how to dish out some serious eats. Since opening their first location on Magnolia in 2016 (after serving out of a food truck, no less), Travis and Emma Heim have since opened up a second location in the River District. Expect only the best at Heim, from brisket to bacon burnt ends to some sweet banana pudding.

Angelo's BBQ

Angelo's BBQ

Angelo’s BBQ has spent over 60 years perfecting the art of barbecue and gaining some serious respect from barbecue lovers. The business that started as just a walk-up counter with a handful of tables now serves its meats out of a larger (yet still unassuming) structure. Between their tender meat and savory tacos, it’s no wonder Angelo’s has its fair share of accolades.

Campo Smokehouse

Campo Smokehouse

Between relocating from Whitney to Fort Worth, and changing from Flores BBQ to Campo Smokehouse, this food truck has been making major moves recently. But in the midst of all these changes, one thing remains constant – their smoky, tender, fall-off-the-bone meat. Their location at The Trailhead at Clearfork no doubt entices Trinity Trails’ hangry runners, bikers, and walkers looking for a satisfyingly savory bite.

Panther City BBQ

Panther City BBQ

Since they started smoking meats in 2014, Panther City BBQ has been wowing Fort Worth foodies and barbecue fiends. The crew of friends that started the business cook all the meat on-site over Post Oak wood, guaranteeing a fresh and uniquely delicious flavor. Some of their personal favorites? Brisket Pizza and Smoked Mac and Cheese. And how could you say no to Brisket Elote or Smoked Pecan Bread Pudding?

Joe Riscky's Barbeque

Joe Riscky's Barbeque

Every barbecue master has his own set of secrets that set his meat apart from the rest, and Joe Riscky is no different. His custom rub, special smoker, and use of Post Oak wood guarantee that every piece of meat is mouthwatering and delicious, all-but tempting you to go back up and get a second helping. Catch this devoted pit master sharing his extensive knowledge of Texas food with Foodways Texas attendees. Just look it up.

Derek Allan's Texas BBQ

Derek Allan's Texas BBQ

Barbecuing isn’t made for the faint of heart, just ask Derek Allan. He and his wife began their barbecue crusade in May of 2015 during the scorchingly hot Texas summer days. But the couple prevailed and is now regarded as one of the best spots in Cowtown to stop for a bite (by bite, we mean plate). Reviewers rave about the tender and flavorful brisket, mouthwatering sausage, and beef burnt ends.

Woodshed Smokehouse

Woodshed Smokehouse

Though rickety wooden sheds and tin roofs have become synonymous with authentic Texas barbecue, you just can’t deny Woodshed Smokehouse’s craft of the ‘cue. The beautiful restaurant, situated right off Trinity Trails, is a modern and beautiful space that seems to effortlessly serve perfectly seasoned and smoked meats. Woodshed offers Texas classics guaranteed to satisfy and modern fare you’d be foolish not to try.

Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que

“Eatin’ Cooper’s down in Llano” goes the Josh Abbott song. While we thank Josh for the advising us to visit the Hill Country flagship location, we’ll just stick with the one in Fort Worth for now. The popular barbecue joint settled into its Stockyards location in 2010, giving locals the chance to savor the legendary meat made famous in Llano. Come hungry and fill up your tray with beef or pork ribs, brisket, sausage, sides galore, and simply sweet desserts.

Cousins Bar-B-Q

Cousins Bar-B-Q

Cousins Bar-B-Q has been sharing their award-winning smoked meats for over 30 years, giving Fort Worth eaters and barbecue lovers something to talk about for a long time. The restaurant’s all-natural beef and handcrafted sausage are chock full of flavor, it’s no wonder Texas Monthly named them one of the 50 best barbecue joints in the state, and Condé Nast Travel listed them as one of the top 25 airport restaurants…in the world.

BBQ on the Brazos

BBQ on the Brazos

Don’t be fooled: BBQ on the Brazos doesn’t actually sit along the Brazos. And that’s a good thing, because that means you don’t have to drive far to enjoy killer barbecue. This award-winning hot-spot dishes out all the classics, like sandwiches, plates, brisket tacos, and more. And you’ll definitely want to order up any one of their tasty sides, like cornbread salad, okra, or corn maque choux.

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