The Best Dallas Barbecue for Every Occasion

Ten50 BBQ has a wide selection of delicious barbecue meats and side orders.
Ten50 BBQ has a wide selection of delicious barbecue meats and side orders. | © Kim Duffy / Courtesy of Ten50 BBQ
Photo of Alex Temblador
6 June 2018

No two barbecue experiences will ever be the same, at least not in Texas. Every chef or smoker has his or her own means of barbecuing, and every restaurant provides a distinct experience. So, whether you’re looking for a great lunch spot, a stylish dinner for out-of-town guests, or tender smoked meat with a side of live music, there’s a great barbecue joint in Dallas that will suit every occasion.

BBQ Breakfast: Meat U Anywhere

Restaurant, $$$

With two locations in the DFW area, Meat U Anywhere has a delicious selection of meats, including pit ham, brisket, pulled pork, St. Louis cut rib, sausage, and chicken. However, what really sets this joint apart is its barbecue injected breakfast menu that has a Tex-Mex twist. Here breakfast tacos are king, filled to the brim with carne guisada, pork guiso, or jalapeno cheddar sausage, then capped off with a healthy portion of eggs and cheese.

Laid-back Lunch: Mike Anderson’s BBQ House

Cafe, Restaurant, $$$

Mike Anderson’s BBQ House likens itself to a café-style barbecue joint with a laid-back atmosphere. Every day it lists 10 hickory-smoked meats on the board, including Polish sausage, brisket, ham, and chicken. It also makes all sauces, rubs, and dressings in-house. Combine that with one of the thirteen unique homemade sides like barbecue beans and sausage, garlic and cheddar smashed taters (potatoes), cheesy corn bake with poblano peppers and onions, or dill tater salad, then finish it off with a sugary cobbler or pudding for dessert and you have yourself an epic plate of food. It may be a heavy lunch, but it’s a meal worthy of Dallas, Texas.

Legendary Local Lunch: Cattleack Barbecue

Restaurant, $$$

A bit north of the Galleria, Cattleack Barbecue is a local Dallas favorite. Only open Thursdays, Fridays, and the first Saturday of the month, its hours are slim, but the line is always long. The homemade sausage, brisket, ribs, and turkey are on point, but the Toddfather Sandwich (comprised of brisket, pulled pork, and a hot link) will make you dance in your chair with satisfaction. Be sure to grab a slice of the famous crack cake, a gooey pie-version of butter cake, to wash down the barbecue. Though Cattleack does have an indoor dining area, it’s always busy, making this the perfect place to pick up lunch and enjoy it in a nearby park, away from the busy lunch crowd.

Casual Dinner: Ten50 BBQ

Restaurant, $$$
Visitors order their barbecue by the 1/2 pound at Ten50 BBQ
Visitors order their barbecue by the 1/2 pound at Ten50 BBQ | © Kim Duffy / Ten50 BBQ

Though most barbecue restaurants are generally casual in style, some are more akin to a hole-in-the-wall restaurant, while others are upscale and chic. If you’re looking for a barbecue dinner somewhere in the middle, look no further than Ten50 BBQ. When it comes to the basics – brisket, ribs, chicken, and turkey – Ten50’s got you covered. It’s their torpedoes, which are smoked jalapenos stuffed with a mixture of brisket or chicken, cream cheese, spices, and herbs wrapped in bacon, that really stand out. After grabbing meat straight from the smoker, choose from classic sides like baked beans and mac and cheese, then an unexpected slice of key-lime pie before settling down in the spacious, rustic-inspired dining room.

Stylish Dinner: Smoky Rose

Restaurant, $$$

Across from the Dallas Arboretum, Smoky Rose is a stylish barbecue restaurant known for its amazing cuisine and bistro feel. There’s a rustic, farm-to-table vibe at Smoky Rose, complete with a cozy patio full of comfy seats and fire pits. It serves a hearty dinner with a smokehouse selection of brisket, sausage, pulled pork, and turkey, plus traditional and not-so-traditional sides like smokehouse beans and jalapeno kale coleslaw. The Smoky Rose also serves up creative craft cocktails, the best local brews, and an impressive selection of wines.

BBQ and a Show: Pecan Lodge

Restaurant, $$$
Pecan Lodge offers some of the best barbecue in Dallas
Pecan Lodge offers some of the best barbecue in Dallas | © Pecan Lodge
This Dallas smokehouse serves up all the Texas classics you could want: brisket, beef and pork ribs, pulled pork, and handmade sausage. Tackle these treats à la carte, in a sandwich, or with a side of mac ‘n cheese, pinto beans, collard greens, fried okra, or coleslaw. Not feeling barbecue? There’s also a deliciously crispy southern fried chicken dish on the menu. The dessert game is also strong with crowd-pleasing banana pudding, cookies, and traditional peach cobbler. Come for the food, but stick around for live music by local entertainers right on the back porch.

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