Food & Drink

An Expert Panel Ranks the 5 Best BBQ Joints in Dallas

Published On 07/28/2015 Published On 07/28/2015
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1. TD's Barbecue 3403 S Lancaster Rd, Dallas, TX 75216

TD’s is the best kind of hole-the-wall BBQ joint. They've got a backyard barbecue feel, except indoors, and even offer Kool-Aid. It's all good here but be sure to get the Barbecue Baked Potato.

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2. Cattleack Barbeque 13628 Gamma Rd, Dallas, TX 75244

As Cadillac is to high-quality vehicles, Cattleack is to top-notch smoked meats. This take-out barbecue joint is notorious for melt-in-your-mouth cuts of pork, all of which are roasted in a massive, on-site BBQ pit, and expertly doused in house BBQ sauce. Hungry carnivores can either choose from a list of available sandwiches like the famous Toddfather (brisket, pulled pork and hot link-sausage), or select a cut of hot, seasoned meat (anything from beef ribs to brisket to homemade sausage). While the spot mainly offers take-out and catering services, it arranges early afternoon seating on Thursdays and Fridays for those who want to bask in the heavenly aroma of roasting red meat while they feast. Oh, and lastly (but most definitely not least,) guests are offered a cold FREE beer, while they await their glorious meals.

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3. Off The Bone 1734 S Lamar St, Dallas, TX 75215

Nestled in the middle of South Dallas, this homey meatery reliably nails everything from brisket to baby backs (both smoked over pecan wood) to standout sausage. Eat in or take-out, and don't forget to pick up a side of honey spiced baked beans or 3 meat charro beans.

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4. Lockhart Smokehouse 400 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208

This classic Texas smokehouse serves up juicy cuts of meat the old-school way. Walk up to the counter, make your pick, and watch your protein pulled straight off the smoker, wrapped in butcher paper, and placed into your anxious mitts. The brisket is done Central-Texas style and has a delicious peppery, spicy bark.

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5. Pecan Lodge 2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

This always-bustling, 4,500 square-foot bbq restaurant with a patio overlooking Main Street graces plates with some of the best smoked meat around -- a bold statement for Texas, where the smoker reigns king. The mesquite charred brisket, ribs, and pulled pork stand fine on their own but they're also killer on a sandwich, and in the event you can't decide which meat to get, there's always The Pitmaster, a behemoth of a sandwich with every single one along with coleslaw, bbq sauce, and fresh sliced jalapeños.