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The Best Barbecue in Dallas, Texas

14th April 2015

If there was one reason to visit Dallas, it has to be to taste the world famous barbecue. I just returned from a road trip through Texas and I can assure you, the food is worth travelling across the world for. Southern classics that were designed to warm your insides abound, whether it’s perfectly smoked brisket, hearty sausages, tangy coleslaw or just a slice of home baked pecan pie. Here are our top places in Dallas to satisfy your hickory cravings.

Texas Barbecue

Mike Anderson’s BBQ House

Serving up sumptuous Texas barbecue since 1982, Mike Anderson’s BBQ House is a local favourite. Open daily for lunch only, the restaurant welcomes hungry guests seeking comfort from tender smoked meats. The popular eatery dishes out all the meaty staples from beef brisket to pulled pork, plus a heap of tempting sides including garlic and cheddar smashed taters. Just save room for a slice of Granny’s peach cobbler.

Mesquite Barbecue

Just a short drive from Dallas, Mesquite Barbecue set up shop in the heart of Mesquite, Texas back in 1959. Specialising in authentic Texas barbecue, you will be entranced by the smoky aroma before you’ve even had a chance to step inside. Served either by sandwich or plate, you can feast on tender brisket, pork, sausage, ribs or turkey. Other menu mainstays include stuffed fries, BBQ Frito pies and loaded baked potatoes. Wash it all down with a slathering of banana pudding.

Smokey John’s Bar-B-Que

For over thirty years, Smokey John’s has been perfecting the art of hickory smoked meats resulting in what some claim to be the best barbecue in Dallas. Sold by the pound, you can choose from a wide variety of meats including hot links, ribs, chicken, brisket, ham and pork. There are also specials every day of the week with tempting comfort classics like pot roast, pork chops or meatloaf. From banana pudding to peach cobbler, all their delicious desserts are also made from scratch.

Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse

Open since 1910, Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse on Inwood Road is a local fixture, famous for its hefty portions of beef brisket, pulled pork, jalapeno sausage and pork ribs. Sold by the pound, you can load up on barbecued meats and delightful sides including homemade BBQ beans, potato salad, coleslaw and mega onion rings. Their award winning Frito pie is also a must. Look around and you’ll see photos of many famous folk who have visited Sonny Bryans over the years.


Smoke has an extensive barbecue menu and is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner. Choose one of their succulent sandwiches or opt for a full plate of beef brisket or grilled sausage. Options here extend past the usual favourites with a host of seafood and salads available as well. The unique barbecue brunch menu features mouth-watering items like smoked brisket cornbread hash and pulled pork eggs benedict.

Red Hot and Blue

For a Southern meal of colossal proportions, head on down to Red Hot and Blue Texas. Well known for their authentic Southern-style barbecue ribs, the restaurant’s large menu features all the barbecue staples plus burgers, sandwiches, stews and salads. Sides range from fried okra and collard greens to garlic mashed potatoes and addictive BBQ beans. There are also dedicated kids meals to ensure everyone in the family is satisfied.

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