10 Best Barbecue Restaurants in Dallas: Where Brisket and Ribs are King

Denise Brandenberg

By , Local Expert, Dallas
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Planning an upcoming trip to Big D? Well, put barbecue on your "to do" list, as Dallas features some of the best barbecue in the Lone Star State. You see, in Texas, barbecue, Tex Mex and steaks are the local cuisines, and Texans do barbecue differently than in other parts of the USA. One of the main differences about Texas barbecue is that the meat is primarily smoked with mesquite wood. In Dallas, barbecue specialties include beef brisket and pork ribs, along with a variety of Southern sides, like fried okra, baked macaroni and cheese, banana pudding and English pea salad.

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  • 1

    Smoke

    • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
    • Average Main Course Price: $10
    • Neighborhood: Oak Cliff

    Smoke is "elevated" barbecue cuisine, and one of the top spots in Dallas.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you want BBQ meat for breakfast, this is the place to go!"

     
  • 2

    Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse

    Sonny Bryan's Smokehouse is a Dallas institution, and it serves up some of the best pork ribs in Texas.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the ribs!"

     
  • 3

    Mesquite Barbecue

    • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
    • Average Main Course Price: $6
    • Neighborhood: Mesquite

    Mesquite Barbecue is one of the best old-school, family-owned and operated barbecue joints in town.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the hickory-smoked pork sandwich!"

     
  • 4

    Red Hot & Blue

    • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
    • Average Main Course Price: $12
    • Neighborhood: Preston Forest

    Red Hot and Blue puts a Memphis twist on Dallas barbecue, Elvis-style!

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the pulled pork plate!"

     
  • 5

    Smokey John's Bar-B-Que and Home Cooking

    • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
    • Average Main Course Price: $8
    • Neighborhood: Love Field

    Smokey John's Bar-B-Que and Home Cooking is one of the best places to experience barbecue like a local.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the beef brisket and smoked sausage. "

     
  • 6

    Peggy Sue BBQ

    Peggy Sue BBQ has the best barbecue sides in town, complete with the cheesy squash casserole.

    Local Expert Tip: "While the barbecue is wonderful, be sure to save room for the veggies."

     
  • 7

    Mike Anderson's BBQ House

    • Cuisine: American, Barbecue
    • Average Main Course Price: $9
    • Neighborhood: Market Center

    Mike Anderson's BBQ House has the best hickory-smoked pork ribs in Dallas.

    Local Expert Tip: "The portions are huge, so come hungry!"

     
  • 8

    Dick's Last Resort

    Dick's Last Resort's entertainment is as good as it's barbecue.

    Local Expert Tip: "Part of the dining experience here is the waitstaff. "

     
  • 9

    Sammy's Bar-B-Q

    Sammy's Bar-B-Q is the best place near downtown to find authentic, delicious Texas barbecue.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the tender beef brisket and smoked hot links. "

     
  • 10

    Clark's Outpost BBQ

    Clark's Outpost BBQ is a true, old-school barbecue gem in North Texas.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you want to have a beer with your barbecue, a $3 club membership is required. "

     

 

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