When it comes to barbecue, Texas does it best. With more than 2,000 barbecuing spots throughout the state, and, with fascinating regional techniques offering up a variety of tastes and specialties (think beef brisket and sweet, tangy ribs), the Lone Star State is the ultimate barbecue-lover’s destination. These four mouthwatering spots in Dallas/Fort Worth are definitely worth a visit.
Located in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, 3 Stacks specializes in meats cooked low and slow, but served up fast and hot. Pitmaster and co-owner Trace Arnold, a.k.a. “The Rib Whisperer,” uses six different rubs for the meat he smokes and grills, and the ribs he serves up are unforgettably sweet and tender. In addition, 3 Stacks serves a great selection of side dishes, including sautéed green beans, kale salad with lemon pepper dressing and loaded smashed potatoes.
Husband-and-wife entrepreneurs Eddie and Marilyn Brown make everyone feel at home in this family-friendly spot in Forest Hill (a suburb of Fort Worth) that oozes southern hospitality. Hot links from Austin, brisket that is smoked for up to 20 hours and meat that literally falls “off the bone” are only three of the tasty reasons to eat here. The fourth? Marilyn bakes some of the best desserts in the state, including peach cobbler and pecan pie.
Owners Diane and Justin Fourton recently had to move Pecan Lodge from its location at the Dallas Farmers’ Market to a larger spot in the Deep Ellum area in order to meet the demands of their loyal and ever-growing cohort of customers. While the barbecue here is excellent, one of the best items on the menu is called a “hot mess.” It’s a sea salt-crusted, baked sweet potato topped with mouth-watering brisket, chopped green onions, spicy chipotle cream sauce and bacon bits.
Inspired by co-owner Jill Bergus’s grandfather’s 100-year-old barbecue place, Lockhart Smokehouse serves up some of Texas’ juiciest barbecue. From dry-rubbed spare ribs to beefy shoulder clod, the smoky flavour of Lockhart’s meats has people travelling to its Dallas or Plano locations. Not sure what you want? Just ask for a sample. The carver will be happy to give you a taste.
Where to Drink a Moscow Mule
The traditional Moscow Mule—and inspired variations—are popping up on cocktail menus across North America. Try a creative version at The Chauhan Ale & Masala House in Nashville, a Toulouse Café and Bar location in Texas or at Workshop Kitchen + Bar in Palm Springs. Plus, a recipe to make your own Moscow Mule.