13 Best BBQ Restaurants in Dallas

Texans take pride in our traditions, culture, and food. We are always going to think we’re the best state in every way, but what we know for a fact is that Texas is the best state in the USA for BBQ. San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas are among the top cities in the country for BBQ, so if that’s not an excuse to plan your next visit to some of your city’s best spots, we don’t know what is.

Dallas is home to incredible BBQ joints that proudly show off how we smoke the best meat in America. We’ve put together the top 13 places for Texas-style BBQ you must try or show off to visitors from out of state.

List of Top 13 BBQ Restaurants in Dallas

Here’s our lineup of the top BBQ spots to stop at in Dallas, where Texas tradition and phenomenal smoked meat are proudly put on display.

  1. Cattleack Barbeque
  2. Oak’d BBQ
  3. Loro
  4. Terry Black’s Barbeque
  5. The Slow Bone
  6. Ferris Wheeler’s Backyard and BBQ
  7. Heim Barbecue
  8. Lockhart Smokehouse
  9. Pecan Lodge
  10. Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que
  11. Smokey Joe’s BBQ
  12. Douglas Bar and Grill
  13. Off the Bone Barbeque

1. Cattleack Barbeque

Address: 13628 Gamma Rd, Farmers Branch, TX 75244

Cattleack Barbeque

Ranking at #6 on Texas Monthly’s 2021 Top 50 BBQ Joints list, Cattleack still serves incredible BBQ in Dallas, Texas. Mouth-watering brisket, whole hog pulled pork, beef rib, burnt ends, turkey, and pork ribs are all sold by the pound, and their house-made original, hatch chili and cheese, and spicy Texan sausages are fan favorites.

Cattleack is only open for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays so the line can get long fast, but their order ahead system ensures you a better chance of trying their best in Texas BBQ.

Specialty

Every week Cattleack has featured items such as their pastrami burnt ends, but these specialty dishes go fast at the counter.

Delivery Timings

Food pickup & delivery are available at open hours.

Hours

Thursday – Friday: 10 AM – 2 PM
1st Saturdays: 10 AM – 2 PM
1st Saturdays Pits & Punch: 9:00 AM

Payment Types

Accepts Credit Card
Accepts Apple/Android Pay

2. Oak’d BBQ

Address: 5500 Greenville Ave # 1300, Dallas, TX 75206

Oak’d BBQ

If you’re a brisket fan, Oak’d BBQ’s Rosewood wagyu brisket infused with the vanilla-tinged flavor of Texas Post OAK smoke and cradled in a peppery bark is a must-try. Oak’d is a locally sourced scratch kitchen with a chef-driven menu featuring perfectly smoked meats and gourmet sides. The dining experience brings BBQ into a modern space, and Oak’d BBQ’s craft cocktail menu, beer, and fine wines elevate the meal.

Specialty

Oak’d prides itself on its partnerships with Rosewood Ranch for its Wagyu brisket, and they have rotating daily specials.

Delivery Timings

Food pickup & delivery are available at open hours.

Hours

Monday – Sunday: 11 AM – 9 PM

Payment Types

Accepts Credit Card
Accepts Apple/Android Pay

3. Loro

Address: 1812 N Haskell Ave., Dallas, TX 75204

Loro

Loro combines Asian and Texas cuisine in fun and delicious ways. Started in 2018 by Aaron Franklin, of one of the best BBQ joints in Texas, Franklin Barbecue, and Tyson Cole of Uchi, Loro brings a unique spin on BBQ.

The smokehouse and bar features grilled and smoked meats with Southeast Asian and Japanese-inspired sauces, sides and a bar that boasts craft beer, boozy slushies, and batch cocktails. With a large outdoor patio and casual and communal seating, the restaurant is excellent for a fun meal with friends or family.

Specialty

Smoked meats with Asian-inspired sauces and sides. Try one of the meats on its own or use their chopped smoked brisket, Malaysian curry chicken, or smoked prime bavette in a rice bowl served with coconut-scented rice, seasonal pickles, and Thai herbs.

Delivery Timings

Food pickup & delivery are available at open hours.

Hours

Monday – Sunday: 11 AM – 10 PM

Payment Types

Accepts Credit Card
Accepts Apple/Android Pay

4. Terry Black’s Barbeque

Address: 3025 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

Terry Black’s Barbeque

Another favorite BBQ spot across Texas, if you love BBQ, you have to love Terry Black’s. Taking his BBQ knowledge from the BBQ scene in Lockhart, Texas, Terry Black and his twin sons Micheal and Mark Black bring delicious meats to Dallas. There are no frills here, just a good BBQ. Terry Black’s serves classic, high-quality brisket, turkey, pork ribs, chopped beef, sausage, jalapeno cheese sausage, and beef ribs by the pound.

Specialty

Terry Black’s is a classic BBQ joint with good quality meats available by the pound and on sandwiches and choices of traditional sides like potato salad, coleslaw, cream corn, and pinto beans.

Delivery Timings

Food pickup & delivery are available at open hours.

Hours

Monday – Thursday: 11 AM – 9:30 PM
Friday – Saturday: 10:30 AM – 10 PM
Sunday: 10:30 – 9:30 PM

Payment Types

Accepts Credit Card
Accepts Apple/Android Pay

5. The Slow Bone

Address: 2234 Irving Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

The Slow Bone

Another of Texas Monthly’s top picks, The Slow Bone, serves up more classic Texas-style BBQ from their on-site smoker Miss Jessie. Brisket lovers get happy. Their prime brisket has a choice between lean and fatty because everybody deserves it just right. And if you want another stamp of approval, Slow Bone’s fried chicken also consistently ranks among the best in Dallas.

Specialty

Smoked meat favorites like brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, sausage, and turkey breast. But they also take pride in their sides, with more than a dozen hot and cold sides like beans, potato salad, slaw, sweet potato praline, Brussels flower au gratin, and pea salad.

Delivery Timings

Food pickup & delivery are available at open hours.

Hours

Monday – Sunday: 11 AM – 3 PM

Payment Types

Accepts Credit Card
Accepts Apple/Android Pay

6. Ferris Wheeler’s Backyard and BBQ

Address: 1950 Market Center Blvd, Dallas, TX 75207

For a fun and lively BBQ spot, Ferris Wheeler’s Backyard and BBQ is the perfect pick. The outdoor dining space is large and colorful and, the name doesn’t lie, has a 50ft Ferris wheel creating a fun fair-like atmosphere. For smoked meats, Ferris Wheeler’s serves brisket, pulled pork, turkey breast, hot links, and Texas spare ribs by the half pound and on sandwiches.

Specialty

In addition to their classic smoked meats, Ferris Wheeler’s has fun BBQ starters like their brisket queso, brisket elotes, and smoked wings.

Delivery Timings

Food pickup & delivery are available at open hours.

Hours

Monday – Sunday: 11 AM – 10 PM

Payment Types

Accepts Credit Card
Does not accept Apple/Android Pay

7. Heim Barbecue

Address: 3130 W Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75235

Heim Barbecue

From a monthly meat club to a food truck in Fort Worth and now 3 brick and mortar locations in Fort Worth and Dallas, husband, and wife Travis and Emma Heim have been on a journey fueled by their love of BBQ. Heim Barbecue serves by the pound, plates, and sandwiches of their top quality brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, sausage, and famous bacon burnt ends.

Specialty

Classic BBQ with brisket, pork ribs, pulled pork, sausage, and famous bacon burnt ends and sides like green chili mac n cheese, collard greens, twice-baked potato salad, and pinto beans.

Delivery Timings

Food pickup & delivery are available at open hours.

Hours

Sunday – Thursday: 11 AM – 9 PM
Friday – Saturday: 11 AM – 10 PM

Payment Types

Accepts Credit Card
Does not accept Apple/Android Pay

8. Lockhart Smokehouse

Address: 400 W Davis St, Dallas, TX 75208

Lockhart Smokehouse

Lockhart is the “barbecue capital of Texas,” but you don’t have to drive there to get the best of the best; Lockhart Smokehouse brings the best to Dallas. Smoked meat options include brisket, shoulder clod, pork chops, and pork ribs, and Lockhart Smokehouse is the only joint in DFW where you can find Kreuz Market Sausage.

Specialty

The Lockhart BBQ style and Kreuz sausage are their claims to fame, but Lockhart Smokehouse also serves up stellar sides like their brisket deviled eggs, blue cheese slaw, and mac n cheese.

Delivery Timings

Food pickup is available during open hours.

Hours

Monday – Thursday: 11 AM – 9 PM
Friday – Sunday: 11 AM – 10 PM

Payment Types

Accepts Credit Card
Accepts Apple/Android Pay

9. Pecan Lodge

Address: 2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

Pecan Lodge
image from AwaitsMy Destiny on Google Maps

As times change, you can count on Pecan Lodge to serve traditional Texas BBQ. Instead of keeping up with trends, owners Justin and Diane Fourton seek to honor family recipes and keep old-school pit smoking alive. Pecan Lodge serves classic smoked meats as half pounds or on sandwiches and offers southern comfort food like fried chicken, fried okra, collard greens, and potato salad.

Specialty

Pecan Lodge also has new dishes with classic flavors like their “hot mess,” a jumbo sweet potato with shredded brisket and pork, southwest seasoning, chipotle cream, and bacon, and their smokehouse nachos.

Delivery Timings

Food pickup & delivery are available at open hours.

Hours

Monday: 11 AM – 3 PM
Tuesday – Thursday: 11 AM – 8 PM
Friday – Saturday: 11 AM – 9 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – 8 PM

Payment Types 

Accepts Credit Card
Accepts Apple/Android Pay

10. Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que

Address: 1820 W Mockingbird Ln, Dallas, TX 75235

Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que
image from yelp.com

Combining BBQ and soul food, Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que is family operated and serves delicious southern staples. While we are used to BBQ joints with short and sweet menus, Smokey John’s has food for days serving up smoked meats, fried catfish, po boys, burgers, and grilled tilapia. And to commemorate your visit, grab a bottle of Smokey John’s signature BBQ sauce or rub.

Specialty

BBQ and southern comfort food with options like their fried catfish basket, sausage, hot links, ribs, and sides of cornbread and Texas toast.

Delivery Timings

Food pickup & delivery are available at open hours.

Hours

Monday – Saturday: 11 AM – 7 PM
Sunday: closed

Payment Types

Accepts Credit Card
Accepts Apple/Android Pay

11. Smokey Joe’s BBQ

Address: 6403 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75232

Smokey Joe’s BBQ

Another classic joint acknowledged by Texas Monthly, Smokey Joe’s does what good BBQ does best- keeps it simple. Their menu has meats by the pound, sandwiches, and loaded baked potatoes. And if you’re interested in the art of Texas BBQ, Smokey Joe’s offers a BBQ class.

Specialty

Some fun options at Smokey Joe’s are their loaded baked potatoes with smoked meats like ribs or brisket and their brisket nachos and mac n meat.

Delivery Timings

Food pickup is available during open hours.

Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 11 AM – 8 PM
Friday – Saturday: 11 AM – 9 PM
Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM

Payment Types

Accepts Credit Card
Accepts Apple/Android Pay

12. Douglas Bar and Grill

Address: 6818 Snider Plaza, Dallas, TX 75205

Douglas Bar and Grill

When it comes to BBQ restaurants, there are a lot of joints that use the counter order setup, which is a classic choice, but who says BBQ can’t also be a little more refined? Douglas Bar and Grill marries the fantastic flavors of Texas BBQ in a modern setting with little upscale additions. With classic smoked meats as well as sandwich, steak, and fish options, plus a fabulous cocktail and wine menu, make it a great night out.

Specialty

Their menu still has Texas favorites like wagyu brisket, smoked sausage, and pulled pork, but also features modern options like their smash burger, smoked salmon dip, and sourdough grilled cheese with brisket.

Delivery Timings

Food pickup is available during open hours.

Hours

Monday: closed
Tuesday – Thursday: 12 – 9 PM
Friday – Saturday: 12 – 10 PM
Sunday: closed

Payment Types

Accepts Credit Card
Accepts Apple/Android Pay

13. Off the Bone Barbeque

Address: 1734 Botham Jean Blvd, Dallas, TX 75215

Off the Bone Barbeque

Off the Bone Barbeque is known for its warm family feeling, good food, and even better baby back ribs. Pitmaster Dwight Harvey serves up excellent smoked meats and his signature pecan-smoked baby back ribs. The menu has meats by the half pound, signature BBQ sides, and desserts that true Texans love, like their southern peach cobbler, lemon or vanilla pound cake, and triple chocolate pecan cake.

Specialty

The pecan smoked baby back ribs are Off the Bone’s pride and joy, but other unique options include their off-the-bone tacos, baked potato or spicy fries, and Rose’s gourmet coleslaw.

Delivery Timings

Food pickup & delivery are available at open hours.

Hours

Monday – Wednesday: 11 AM – 4 PM
Thursday – Saturday: 11 AM – 7 PM
Sunday: closed

Payment Types

Accepts Credit Card
Accepts Apple/Android Pay

Conclusion

How lucky are we that we get to live so close to the world’s best BBQ? From nationally recognized BBQ restaurants to smaller local joints, passion for Texas-style BBQ runs deep and creates some of the best-smoked meats a person could eat. Check out any of these Dallas spots for a fantastic meal that you can use as even more proof that Texas does BBQ best.

Eva Rogers

A Texan through and through, her passion for the Lone Star State is evident in every word she writes.Hailing from the vast plains of West Texas, Eva has a deep appreciation for the unique blend of tradition and innovation that defines the Texan spirit. Eva crafts articles that celebrate the diverse tapestry of Texas, from its bustling urban centers to its serene rural landscapes.