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Our Favorite North Texas Barbecue Joints

it’s National Barbecue Month!

Everyone knows Texas has the best barbecue in the country. (Keep quiet, Kansas City!) Since May is National Barbecue Month—yep, that’s a thing—we decided to round up our favorite barbecue joints across the Metroplex. Smoked meats and mouth-watering sides are a great way to kick off summer! 

The current dine-in or takeout status for each restaurant is listed below; be sure to call ahead to make sure things haven’t changed.


“My choice is Back Forty Smokehouse in North Richland Hills. It’s got both indoor seating and a patio. The boneless chicken breast is fantastic; I get it on a salad and it’s delicious. Do not miss the onion rings. Mmmm …” —Alexis Patterson, Managing Editor

Back Forty Smokehouse // 8021 Main St., North Richland Hills; 817/428-2225
Dine-in service currently available.

Hard Eight is my favorite! You get a really authentic barbecue experience because you stand in line to pick your meat right out of the smokers. The brisket is amazing but so is the steak, which is a bonus!” —Angelyn Horrell, Marketing

Hard Eight Pit BBQ // Multiple locations, including Coppell, The Colony, Burleson and Roanoke
Dine-in service currently available.

“A few of my favorites are Rudy’s (the chopped brisket and turkey are usually really good, and I love their potato salad) and Cattleack Barbeque. Everything there is amazing, but they’re open very limited hours and tend to sell out—so plan accordingly. If you’re headed south to the Austin area, you can’t go wrong with The Salt Lick in Driftwood. The food is great, but the atmosphere is even better. FYI: It’s cash only, BYOB (except for their cellar where you can buy wine and beer) and it’s super popular all the time.” —Sydney Blalock Ritchie, Digital Editor

Rudy’s // Multiple locations, including Fort Worth, Arlington, Burleson and Denton
Call individual locations about dine-in availability.

Cattleack Barbeque // 13628 Gamma Road, Dallas; 972/805-0999
Take-out service currently available.

The Salt Lick BBQ // Multiple locations, including Driftwood, Round Rock and the DFW Airport
Dine-in on the patio available. Take-out also available.

“We love Hutchins BBQ. Their chopped brisket and jalapeño cheddar sausage are both delicious!” —Heather Vance Devers, Creative + Content Director

Hutchins BBQ // 9225 Preston Road, Frisco; 972/377-2046
1301 N. Tennessee St., McKinney; 972/548-2629
Drive-thru service currently available.

Pecan Lodge in Deep Ellum. I can’t eat a lot of the barbecue because it is so heavy, but it’s great! Also, the mac and cheese is a must.” —Joy Niebes, Publisher 

Pecan Lodge // 2702 Main St., Dallas; 214/748-8900
Take-out service currently available.

Pecan Lodge is fantastic. But there is often a long line on weekends [so there could be] kid meltdowns during the wait. Our favorite locally is Lockhart Smokehouse. Try the brisket, sausage and mac and cheese. If you go to the downtown Plano location, your kiddos would probably like the idea of sitting in the loft area. [There’s also] Bold BBQ Pit, a new-ish joint in downtown Wylie that started out as a catering company. It’s close to home and delicious. We love the pulled pork, they’ve got good sausage and we enjoy their side salads (I know, not very barbecue-ish). I overheard the owner say their number one seller is the appetizer brisket egg rolls, but we haven’t tried them yet. They sometimes have good daily specials, which isn’t a typical thing for a barbecue joint. The mecca of Texas barbecue is Lockhart, in Central Texas. There are three spots there that draw barbecue aficionados from all over, and we’ve tried them all. Our absolute fave is Black’s Barbecue. They opened a Dallas location in the past year called Terry Black’s BBQ. We have not been yet, but it’s on our to-dine list. We’ve been to the Austin location and it’s just as good as the original, so I have high hopes for the Dallas spot.”  —Susan Horn, Graphic Designer

Lockhart Smokehouse // Multiple locations, including Dallas, Plano and Arlington
Dine-in service currently available.

Bold BBQ Pit // 114 N. Ballard St., Wylie; 972/804-9939
Take-out service currently available.

Terry Black’s BBQ // 3025 Main St., Dallas; 469/399-0081
Dine-in service currently available.

Black’s Barbecue // Multiple locations in Central Texas
Dine-in service currently available.

And for a meatless option … 

“I’ve been vegetarian for a few years now, but that doesn’t mean comfort food went out the window. I love V-Eats Modern Vegan for their buffalo mac and cheese and their Beastless Burger. The mac and cheese is made with plant-based cheese and breaded fried cauliflower—seriously, it’s amazing. With an Impossible patty, their Beastless Burger is just as good. I love the avocado mash they put on it!” —Emily Yearwood, Editorial Intern

V-Eats Modern Vegan // 3011 Gulden Lane, Suite 102, Dallas; 214/377-6009
Patio seating and take-out service currently available.

Happy National Barbecue Month, everyone!

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