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Dallas’ 15 Best Barbecue Restaurants — Local Joints to Get Your Smoked Meat Fix

Sandwiches, Tacos, Sides, and Desserts To Indulge in This Summer

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In trying to pinpoint the signature cuisine of Dallas, Texas, it’s an eternal toss-up between Tex-Mex in BBQ. And since both queso and smoked meats deserve their own individual spotlight, this list focuses on the latter. From unique sandwiches and tacos to killer sides, these are the 15 best barbecue restaurants in Dallas.

Updated July 3, 2023

Terry Black’s Barbecue

Deep Ellum

3025 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75226  |  Map

Terry Black’s BBQ Dallas

Austin-based Terry Black's Barbecue debuted in Deep Ellum in 2019. (Courtesy of Terry Black's)

An Austin-based favorite, Terry Black’s expanded to Dallas a few years ago and has already taken over as one of the top barbecue spots in the city. The Deep Ellum space has plenty of seating — indoors, outdoors, and on the rooftop. Not too different from the original, the barbecue joint offers meats by the pound including sliced brisket, beef ribs, turkey, pork ribs, chopped beef and sausage. You can either get a sandwich or add some sides like baked potato salad, mac and cheese, cream corn, pinto beans, green beans and Mexican rice.

Pecan Lodge

Deep Ellum

2702 Main St
Dallas, TX 75226  |  Map

Pecan Lodge

Located in Deep Ellum, Pecan Lodge is a staple barbecue joint in Dallas. (Courtesy)

Since 2014, this popular Dallas barbecue restaurant has smoked some of the best brisket, pulled pork, and more at its Deep Ellum location. The line usually goes out the door during lunch and dinner any day of the week. Specializing in authentic barbecue and Southern comfort food, Pecan Lodge is especially known for their Hot Mess sweet potato, burnt ends, and banana pudding.

Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que

Medical District

1820 W. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75235  |  Map

Smokey John’s BBQ

Don't miss Smokey John's BBQ in the Dallas Medical District. (Courtesy)

“Smokey” John Reeves founded Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que in the 1970s and has been serving hickory-smoked BBQ in the Medical District ever since. Owned by his sons, Brent and Juan, the barbecue joint is popular for its hot links, brisket, and craft sides. The barbecue restaurant also bakes homemade desserts like peach cobbler, banana pudding, and cakes.

Lockhart Smokehouse

Multiple Locations

1026 East 15th Street
Plano, TX 75074  |  Map

Lockhart Smokehouse Dallas

Lockhart Smokehouse serves Central Texas-style meats in Plano and Bishop Arts. (Courtesy)

This Bishop Arts barbecue joint serves some of the best Central Texas-style meats in the city, as well as in Plano and Arlington. Brisket, pork, chicken, turkey, and sausages are the real deal here. Pair with a side of deviled eggs, slaw, or baked beans and a draft beer. Happy hour specials are available from Monday through Friday from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Cattleack Barbeque

Farmers Branch

13628 Gamma Road
Farmers Branch, TX 75244  |  Map

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Cattleack Barbeque offers the best BBQ in Farmers Branch. (Courtesy)

Since 2010, this famed barbecue joint has been serving some of the best pork ribs, sausage, and brisket in Farmers Branch. Pitmaster Todd David founded the restaurant after selling his disaster restoration company that he had owned for three decades.

Hutchins BBQ

Multiple Locations

1301 N. Tennessee Street
McKinney , TX 75069  |  Map

Hutchins BBQ Dallas

Initially opened in Princeton, TX as "Roy's Smokehouse," Hutchins BBQ now has two locations: McKinney and Frisco. (Courtesy of Hutchins)

Only a 30-minute drive up north to McKinney (or 40-minutes to the Frisco location), this barbecue restaurant was initially founded in 1978 in Princeton as “Roy’s Smokehouse.” In 1991, the spot became so popular that the restaurant was moved to a bigger location and re-named Hutchins BBQ. Consistently named one of the best BBQ joints in North Texas, the restaurant is popular for their smoked meats, fried catfish, and specialties (only available on certain days) like Texas Twinkies and beef ribs.

Off the Bone Barbecue

The Cedars

1734 South Lamar Street
Dallas, TX 75215  |  Map

Off the Bone BBQ

Off the Bone Barbecue comes from award-winning chef Dwight Harvey. (Courtesy of OTB)

Award-winning chef Dwight Harvey opened Off the Bone Barbecue in The Cedars after running a successful catering business for several years. The barbecue joint is known for its smoked brisket, baby back ribs, and family-friendly atmosphere. You can even get tacos with the smoked meat of your choice and sides like spiced pasta, con queso mac and cheese, and honey spiced baked beans.

One90 Smoked Meats

Lake Highlands

10240 Northwest Highway
Dallas, TX 75238  |  Map

One90 Dallas

One90 Smoked Meats has been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. (Courtesy)

Known for their small batch craft meats, this Lake Highlands barbecue spot has been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. It also just offers some of the best smoked meats, chili mac, spicy brisket grilled cheese, and more in the city. You can enjoy sandwiches and tacos at the restaurant or order for takeout.

The Slow Bone

Design District

2234 Irving Boulevard
Dallas, TX  |  Map

The Slow Bone

Favorite dishes at The Slow Bone include fried chicken and pork ribs. (Courtesy)

This Design District gem is a favorite for barbecue in the city. Opened by chef Jeffrey Hobbs in 2013, all meats are smoked on-site daily and only prime brisket is served. Make sure to try the fried chicken, pork ribs, and pulled pork sandwich.

Ten50 BBQ

Richardson

1050 N. Central Expressway
Richardson, TX 75080  |  Map

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Ten50 BBQ is the go-to spot for barbecue in Richardson. (Courtesy)

This Richardson hotspot for barbecue is known for its St. Louis pork ribs, brisket, smoked chicken, and Torpedoes. Sides range from house-made slender slaw and five cheese mac to premium baked potatoes and Southern yeast rolls. Also, make sure to try the Key Lime pie, banana pudding, or chocolate pie for dessert.

Heim Barbecue

Multiple Locations

3130 W. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75235  |  Map

BBQ Spread Heim

A Heim Barbecue spread of meats, potato salad, and banana pudding. (Photo by Jason Kindig)

Fort Worth barbecue staple, Heim Barbecue, debuted on Dallas’ Mockingbird Lane (right next to Love Field) in 2020. Popular for their burnt ends and epic sandwiches, Travis and Emma Heim started out with a food truck and quickly expanded to two locations in Fort Worth. Must-try menu items include the Heimburger, The Big Cat sandwich, and homemade banana pudding.

Zavala’s Barbecue

Grand Prairie

421 W. Main Street
Grand Prairie, TX  |  Map

Zavala’s Barbecue

Zavala's Barbecue is a must-visit in Grand Prairie for brisket tacos. (Courtesy)

The best barbecue joint in Grand Prairie, Zavala’s is a must-visit for brisket tacos and smoked meats. Opened in 2019, the North Texas spot has been a unique choice for owner Joe Zavala’s backyard smoking style and soft flour tortillas. Don’t miss the Sloppy Juan taco.

OAK’D Handcrafted BBQ

Northeast Dallas

5500 Greenville Avenue, Suite 1300
Dallas, TX 75206  |  Map

Oak’d Dallas

Oak'd BBQ is now open and serving brisket, ribs, and more in North Dallas. (Courtesy)

Opened in Upper Greenville in 2020, this newer barbecue concept is a Central Texas-style restaurant that mixes it up with locally-sourced Wagyu brisket and innovative sides and desserts. Local celeb Kellie Raspberry and husband Allen Evans are also investors in the concept. A second location recently debuted in Addison.

Douglas Bar and Grill

Park Cities

6818 Snider Plaza
Dallas, TX 75205  |  Map

Douglas Bar and Grill

Don't miss the BBQ Burger for lunch or dinner at Douglas Bar and Grill. (Courtesy of Douglas)

This new, upscale barbecue spot from Texas pitmaster Doug Pickering is a must-try. After leaving the finance world to become a barbecue caterer under the name DWP BBQ, Pickering debuted his first full-fledged restaurant this summer, serving up brisket, ribs, sausage, steak, and seafood in Snider Plaza.

Blu’s BBQ

North Dallas

17630 Preston Road
Dallas, TX  |  Map

Blu’s BBQ Dallas

Blu's BBQ is a 45 foot shipping container turned restaurant.

This North Dallas barbecue restaurant was founded by 25-year-old pitmaster Zach Bergenholtz in 2019. Known for offering exotic options such as smoked alligator and “Tipsy Campfire” bread pudding, the barbecue joint added a walk-up window to make picking up easier for customers.

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