Despite Texas’ barbecue prowess, it used to be that DFW hadn’t quite kept up with the rest of the state when it came to smoked meats. But over the past few years, the city has experienced a barbecue renaissance of sorts, opening some of the state’s finest smokehouses in rapid succession. To be sure, it’s a good time to be a smoked meats enthusiast in Dallas and Fort Worth.

But where does one find the best barbecue in Dallas-Fort Worth? Well, that all depends on what you’re looking for. Each of these 18 smoke-stained eateries is unique in its own right, with offerings ranging from pit-blackened chicken wings to succulent brisket and gigantic beef ribs to spicy smoked salami.

Consider this guide to Dallas-Fort Worth’s best purveyors of brisket, sausage, ribs, and more your barbecue bucket list.

6 Cattleack Barbeque

If standing in line in a random Farmers Branch industrial park for hours isn’t your idea of a good time, the reward at Cattleack BBQ is delicious, perfectly smoked meats. From 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., you can score richly marbled brisket, pulled pork, and killer housemade sausage. Free beer also makes the line significantly more bearable.

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