After 30 years, Mike Anderson’s has a loyal fan base that serves classic Texas BBQ. The cafeteria-style restaurant serves hickory-smoked pork ribs, Polish sausage and beef brisket along with turkey breast. Portions are huge, and the price is great for families. Be sure to top off your meal with jalapeño pinto beans and rice or the garlic and cheddar smashed potatoes and fried okra. No matter which meat you choose, this place is worth the stop.
Mike Anderson’s Barbeque, 5410 Harry Hines Blvd Dallas, TX 75235 214-630-0735
Lockhart Smokehouse is a staple on any list of favorite BBQ spots in Dallas. What makes the BBQ so good is their traditional Texas BBQ philosophy of no sauce and no forks, encouraging customers to enjoy the tenderness of the juicy meat, smokiness and rub flavor. The recipe goes back generations, and the half-pound brisket and half-pound beef and pork ribs are life changers. Although they charge by the half-pound, you can order however much you want – be sure to get the brisket with the side of their habenero mac n’ cheese.
Lockhart Smokehouse, 400 W Davis St Dallas, TX 75208 214-944-5521
Many BBQ aficionados love Pecan Lodge’s BBQ. Specializing in a generations-old recipe of burning over mesquite and oak wood, Pecan’s BBQ has been named one of the Top Four BBQ joints in the world by Texas Monthly. Besides their smoked brisket you can order by the half-pound, try their Southern comfort ‘hot mess’ with shredded brisket and Southwestern seasoning, or you can indulge in the ‘pit master’ sandwich that includes brisket, pulled pork, sausage topped with coleslaw, bbq sauce and jalapeños. Although the brisket is served plain, there are several sauce options, including a Carolina-style vinegar option and a spicy, juicy house sauce that gets rave reviews.
Pecan Lodge, 2702 Main St Dallas, TX 75226 214-748-8900
Off the Bone serves gourmet entrees and BBQ plates from award winning chef Dwight Harvey. Their meats are smoked over pecan wood, and the ‘melt-in-your-mouth’ pork ribs are the reason for the name of the restaurant. Go for their sliced beef brisket smothered with their secret dry rub, which is then slow cooked for 14 hours over pecan wood. Off the Bone has less of a long line than other places, so it’s great for a quick outing.
Off the Bone, 1734 S Lamar St Dallas, TX 75215 214-565-9551
The Slow Bone’s brisket is fatty and smoky, and the sausage here is equally good. The ribs are smoked to perfection with cumin-rubbed bark and a smoke ring that reaches all the way to the bone. Although you won’t actually need sauce, they serve a interesting hybrid of Carolina-style vinegary sauce with a Kansas City-like sweetness without being too syrupy. Go for the side of sweet potato casserole or the gumbo with a scoop of potato salad.
The Slow Bone, 2234 Irving Blvd Dallas, TX 75207 214-377-7727