Texas is full of opinions as diverse as the state is big, but there’s one thing Texans will always agree on: the love of barbecue.
The Lone Star State is so well-known for its barbecue that travelers come far and wide to experience its vast array–and Dallas is no exception! Though Austin probably comes to mind first, Dallas has cemented its place as a barbecue hotspot too.
Whatever cooking style you like, there’s plenty to find in North Texas: cold smoking, whole-animal cooking, direct-heat, and more. And while delicious ribs, juicy brisket, and spicy sausage are, of course, the focus, the best Dallas eateries add a little something extra.
Things like craft beer and homemade desserts round out the offerings in my favorite places.
Best Barbecue Restaurants in Dallas
- Cattleack Barbeque
- Pecan Lodge
- Slow Bone
- Lockhart Smokehouse
- Terry Black’s BBQ
- Off the Bone Barbeque
- 18th & Vine
- Hutchins BBQ
- Big Al’s Smokehouse BBQ
- Smoky Rose
- Babb Brothers BBQ
- Ferris Wheelers Backyard and BBQ
- Sammy’s Bar-B-Q
- One90 Smoked Meats
- Ten50 BBQ
If your mouth is already watering, you’re probably wondering just what these must-visit spots in North Texas are. Keep reading for my list of the best BBQ/barbecue in Dallas!
13628 Gamma Rd, Farmers Branch, TX 75244
Texas Monthly recently listed Cattleack Barbecue as one of the Top 10 BBQ spots in the state, which means that scoring your favorites from this cult institution requires a bit of patience (and planning!).
It’s open for lunch just two days per week, on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (plus the first Saturday of every month).
It also gets pretty crowded, so be prepared to wait in line when you head to their North Dallas industrial park location. Luckily, the space is pretty large, so you won’t be squished while you’re waiting.
But their pulled pork, marbled Akaushi beef brisket, and smoked ribeyes make the long lines worth it.
You won’t want to miss the cheesy jalapeno grits, and Cattleack’s signature Toddfather sandwich is another classic–you can thank me later. Cattleack is open for both dine-in and takeaway.