Davey Crocket said it best: “You may all go to Hell, and I will go to Texas.” Not only is Texas one of the biggest states in the United States, but it also has some of the biggest state pride around. Texas is not just a place to live—it’s a lifestyle. Texans will brag about their bluebonnets, their Blue Bell, and most especially, their barbecue. People will wait in line for hours if it means they will leave 100% satisfied. Closing times on signs are hardly enforced because these barbecue joints are normally sold out of food before it’s even time to lock up for the night. The barbecue business is booming right before our eyes (and stomachs).

Because there are too many barbecue establishments in Texas to count, we rallied up some of the top favorites in one area: Dallas. We highly recommend entering these places with your stretchy pants on, because you won’t want to stop eating until you’ve been induced into a meat coma. But don’t take our word for it—get out there and try them for yourself. If you gain a pound or sixteen, we understand. It’s happened to the best of us. Enjoy, and yeehaw!


Cattleack Barbeque

Texas Monthly ranks Cattleack Barbeque as the third best joint in Texas. In the renowned magazine’s own words, “Prepare to feel the earth move.” They typically complete an order every fifty-one seconds, so there’s no time to dillydally. They move fast because everyone wants a bite.

Hutchins BBQ
Hutchins BBQ is not only one of the best in the state, but it has also been voted one of the best in the world. This father-and-son duo definitely knows how to stand out in the crowd. It’s a must-have if you’re in town. Also, don’t forget to grab a “Texas Twinkie” (a brisket- stuffed jalapeño wrapped in bacon). You’ll thank us later.

Pecan Lodge
Pecan Lodge is one of the finest in the state. This barbecue is from passed-down, secret family recipes. Between wood and pas- sion, this place runs 24/7 to give their customers the best meat possible. What started as a little stand at a farmer’s market has turned into a food sensation. If you don’t stop by, you will most definitely regret it.


This family-owned barbecue joint is exactly what your taste buds have been craving, whether you knew it or not. What was once a feed store has turned into the Feedstore that many know and love today. If there’s one thing you absolutely need to order here, it’s their fried okra. It will be some of the best you’ll ever have.

Photo by The Rocketeer

Photo by The Rocketeer

Hard Eight
With its live music, delicious desserts, and a massive pit, you won’t ever want to leave this place. You can smell the meat-loving smoke from miles away, making you crave it that much more once you pull up. Be prepared to wait in line and know your order by the time you reach the front. Take the next exit when you pass by one of their locations.

Mike Anderson’s
Between all the different meats and sides, it’s impossible to go hungry here. Mike Anderson’s has southern hospitality running through its veins, so sit back and relax because this will be a delicious and memorable meal. PS—don’t skimp out on the banana pudding and soft serve. It’s just as necessary as the pounds of meat you’re about to inhale.

Spring Creek Barbeque
Spring Creek Barbeque does a great job of feeling like home. The Texas-flag bench cushions, the porch swing, and the peach cobbler with Blue Bell vanilla icecream just do something to you that makes you feel like you’re among family as you dig in to your personalized meal. The sauce itself is fantastic, but the hot rolls that come around every ten minutes or so is what ups this spot’s game. There is nothing better than a hot roll from Spring Creek. (Pro Tip: save the roll you get with your meal to take home—you deserve a fresh one. Never say no to a roll that comes in the basket. Never.)

Lockhart Smokehouse

They say it best: “The fire never dies because if the pits go out, the smokehouse shuts down.” If you’re looking for Central Texas-style barbecue, look no further. Between the smells and sides, you are in for a treat. Come hungry and be prepared to leave completely stuffed. Lockhart Smokehouse is ready to serve you and all your barbecue desires.

Top 5 BBQ

“It’s a smoking good day” at Top 5 BBQ, and they will tell you that each time you pay them a visit. Their rub is out of this world, but then again, so are their tortilla chips and peach cobbler. Needless to say, you won’t leave disappointed.


If you ever find yourself in Dallas, Texas, you now know where to go for a great bite to eat. Texans might be annoying for how much state pride they have, but with this kind of barbecue, who can blame them?

—Carly Callister