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Texas Best BBQ: which ones are the most mouthwatering?

BBQ is the pride and joy of all Texans.

If you are a BBQ lover and you are visiting or living in the Dallas area, then you are in for a tasty treat.

Your local friends and family will surely tell you where to go to get that delicious Texas BBQ, but if you don’t know anyone local, have no fear, we are here to give you our favorite Texas best BBQ in and around Dallas.

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Texas Best BBQ

Hutchins BBQ

Locations: Mckinney: 1301 N Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069

Frisco: 9225 Preston Rd, Frisco, TX 75033

Hutchins BBQ, has been serving Texas BBQ since 1948.

Its brisket, sausage, and Texas Twinkies (jalapeno peppers stuffed with brisket, cream cheese, and wrapped bacon) are among the customer favorites. You may be wondering how they cook the meat such that it comes out so soft and full of flavor.

Their brisket, I heard, is smoked for up to seventeen hours, guaranteed to just melt in your mouth.

While many restaurants opt for using gas and pre-made meat, Hutchins makes use of pecan wood in the cooking with fresh cuts coming from the pit throughout the day. Their food is cooked over what they call an “eternal flame” because they believe that getting that optimum flavor requires around-the-clock maintenance of burning coals.

Hutchins, named after the owner, Roy Hutchins, opened their first Authentic Texas BBQ in 1978 at Princeton, TX, and in 1990 they moved to their McKinney location at the intersection of Hwy. 380 (University Drive) and Tennessee Street. Since then, this location has been home to the famous Hutchins BBQ.

They have also opened another location in Frisco, where you can expect the same excellent quality of food. And keep in mind that they offer catering services, which deliver a great Texas BBQ experience to your parties or events.

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Hutchins BBQ Dallas

Lockhart Smokehouse 

Addresses: 1026 E 15th St, Plano, TX 75074

400 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208

Lockhart Smokehouse, just the name itself makes it legit and worth going. Opened in 2011, one co-owners family history is tied to Charles Kreuz Sr., who in 1900 started a grocery store in Lockhart, TX, the BBQ Capital of Texas. 

Charles began smoking meats and sausage in brick barbecue pits and selling it to customers on butcher paper, and that is precisely what you can experience when you dine in Lockhart Smokehouse.

Jill Bergus who is the co-owner of Lockhart Smokehouse is the granddaughter of Mr. Schmidt, who bought Kreuz Market in 1948. This is the only BBQ restaurant in the DFW area where you can get the Kreuz Market Sausage, served up on butcher paper just like the original.

Thanks to Jill and her husband for bringing the great BBQ and the Central Texas vibe of Lockhart, Texas to here. They’ve got two locations – one is in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas, and the other one is in the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District.  Both serve authentic Texas BBQ, with “No Forks! No Sauce! NEEDED”.

Texas Best BBQ

Hard Eight Pit BBQ


5300 State Hwy 121 The Colony, TX 75056

688 Freeport Pkwy, Coppell, TX 75019

1091 Glen Rose Road Stephenville, TX 76401

205 S. Oak Street Roanoke, TX 76262

Hard Eight BBQ Texas

This is a family-owned business, and the owners like to share their passion for good food, a fun atmosphere, and warm Southern hospitality.

Hard Eight Pit BBQ is where you get a “Texas Style” eating experience; you pick your meats straight from the pit and are served by the Hard Eight Pitmaster who also prepares your food. How cool is that!!! And hey… all meats are smoked with Texas Mesquite wood.

You come hungry, and you go home happy.

We love their pork shoulder, beef ribs, and potato salad.

They also offer full-service catering options with entirely customizable menus.

When we get into the fall and the holiday season is coming up, keep Hard Eight BBQ in mind because you can order their spiral-sliced hams, whole turkeys, and turkey breasts for your family.

Check out their website for upcoming live music performances scheduled at one of their many locations.

Texas Best BBQ
Photo Credit: Hard Eight BBQ

Pecan Lodge

Address: 2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

Located in the city, a BBQ place that you cannot miss. Yes, it is probably an hour’s drive away from most of us who live in the suburbs, but you just gotta go and try it.

In terms of texas barbecue, this is a Dallas staple in brick and mortar form. We love their glazed pork ribs and pinto beans.

Expect a long wait but also be delighted. It will be all worth it.

“Where there’s Smoke, there’s flavor. That’s Pecan Lodge in a Nutshell.”

Here are a few more Texas’s Best BBQ joints that you can try

We think that these rival Franklin Barbecue in Austin.

Winners BBQ

Address: 3200 14th St, Plano, TX 75074

Cattleack BBQ

Address: 13628 Gamma Rd, Dallas, TX 75244

Ten50 BBQ

Address: 1050 N Central Expy, Richardson, TX 75080

Ferries Wheelers Backyard & BBQ


1950 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

18th & Vine

4100 Maple Ave, Dallas, TX 75219

Intrinsic Smokehouse Brewery + BBQ Catering

Address: 509 W State St, Garland, TX 75040

Meat U Anywhere


919 W Northwest Hwy, Grapevine, TX 76051

91 Trophy Club Dr, Trophy Club, TX 76262

Tender Smokehouse

Address: 224 W Pecan St, Celina, TX 75009

Baker’s BBQ Ribs


1720 State Highway 26 Grapevine, TX

3033 Main Street Dallas, TX

6516 E. Northwest Highway Dallas, TX

I-30 @ Beltline Road Garland, TX

Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke

Address: 8856 Spring Valley Rd, Dallas, TX 75240

Old House BBQ

Locations: 1905 N Josey Ln, Carrollton, TX 75006

380 Lake Park Rd, Lewisville, TX 75057

Kenny’s Smokehouse

Address: 5760 Legacy Dr #4, Plano, TX 75024

Good Union Urban BBQ

Address: 1150 State St #150, Richardson, TX 75082

Dicky’s Barbecue Pit


1211 14th Street Plano, TX 75074

4032 Preston Road Plano, TX 75093

1441 Coit Road Plano, TX 75075

5031 Alma Road Plano, TX 75023

380 Lake Park Rd. Lewisville TX, 75057

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