Ten Best BBQ Joints in Dallas

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Get your meat fix

Texas is known for its take on barbecue. From the smoky meats to the savory sides, these Dallas barbecue joints will satisfy your cravings.

Off the Bone

Head to the Cedars/Southside neighborhood for traditional Texas-style BBQ. The southern pecan baby back ribs are a must-try along with their deep-fried corn on the cob – it doesn’t get more Texas than that! Save room for dessert and try the lemon pound cake and southern peach cobbler.

Terry Black's BBQ

Come for the barbecue, stay for the margs. The food line up at Terry Black's speaks for itself - pork and beef ribs, melt-in-your-mouth brisket, creamed corn, tangy coleslaw - it's all worth the wait. Catch the pros in action in the open pit area, or make your way to the top-deck patio for sunny views of Deep Ellum.

Pecan Lodge

Since making its debut in Deep Ellum, Pecan Lodge has been a hit to Dallas’ BBQ scene. There’s always a line wrapped outside the door, but it’s definitely worth the wait! From the slow cooked meats to the made from scratch sides and homemade desserts, you’re in for a treat of delicious goodness.

Lockhart Smokehouse

Don’t be afraid to get your hands a little messy at this Bishop Arts spot. Lockhart Smokehouse is a counter-service restaurant, serving all their smoked meats on butcher paper. The menu offers all your favorite meats and sides, as well as a full bar serving local craft beers and cocktails.

Babb Bros. BBQ & Blues

This Trinity Groves restaurant mixes BBQ and blues in a casual setting to offer you the best of both worlds. Enjoy sandwich and meat plates and try their various BBQ sauces to pair with your meats. Babb’s offers live blues music every Friday and Saturday night and full-service bar, so sip on your favorite drink while you enjoy an evening of tunes and good eats.

Sweet Georgia Brown

BBQ and soul food are both on the menu at this South Dallas restaurant. Served cafeteria-style, Sweet Georgia Brown offers smoked ribs and sausage, along with fried chicken, collard greens and candied yams. The generous portions here will leave you with plenty to take home and snack on later.

The Slow Bone

Head to the Design District for this low-key diner. The Slow Bone offers daily specials with BBQ sandwiches, meat plates and even Texas favorites like Frito Pie and brisket chili. They’re only open until 3 p.m. daily so it’s the perfect spot to come for lunch.

18th and Vine

Get a taste of Kansas City BBQ right here in Texas at 18th and Vine. Start your BBQ journey with the pork rinds, then go for the meats with a slab of ribs or chopped brisket sandwich. They also offer a BBQ-style brunch with hangover cocktails that’s served every weekend.

Cattleack Barbecue

Tucked into an industrial park in North Dallas, Cattleack is a two-days-a-week-only operation serving some of the best BBQ in Texas. Recently included in the Top 10 BBQ spots in the state by Texas Monthly, Cattleack brings delicious barbecue varieties with standards like pulled pork, fatty brisket and beef ribs among seasonal specials. Its dining room was recently expanded, so while the lines are long, there is plenty of space waiting for you to enjoy a hearty plate of sausage and sides.

Smokey Joes BBQ

Make your way to South Dallas for a taste of Smokey Joe's family recipes. The Black-owned business has been around for more than 30 years and for good reason - people line up for sausage links, brisket sandwiches and sloppy fries.

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Last updated on 10/18/2021.