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Epicurious Esquire Nov 2, 2007 09:45 AM

Where in DFW - preferably closer to Dallas - can I find the best of the following:

*Carolina-Style Pulled Pork?

*Brisket?

*Sausage Links?

*Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce?

*Pork Ribs?

*Beef Ribs?

*Beans?

*Coleslaw?

*Potato Salad?

I'm looking to take a tour of the different styles of BBQ (KC, TX, Memphis, Carolina) here in DFW, and am looking for any help I can get.

Thanks!

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    luniz RE: Epicurious Esquire Nov 2, 2007 10:14 AM

    I'd check out Scott's barbecue series over at dallasfood.org

    You can get crummy brisket, pork ribs, and sausage at any one of a hundred places in Dallas. I don't know that you're really going to get a great, informative tour but we can try. For Memphis style ribs I'd guess Red Hot n Blue (chain, mediocre). Don't really know where you get great pulled pork, but if you're going to douse it in sauce and coleslaw anyway, does it matter how good it is? That's the beauty of the sandwich to me. Search this forum for the beef ribs thread, somebody lists about 5 places that serve them. I would describe the (pork) ribs at Jasper's in Plano as closer to KC style (ie wet) - they were good and meaty, but not particularly smokey. So far in Texas I've mostly stuck to brisket and sausage, I think of ribs as either KC or Memphis. That's all I got for ya...good luck.

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      Scagnetti RE: luniz Nov 2, 2007 04:34 PM

      Yes, the best place to start is on dallasfood.org or I can give you the executive summary right now which is Dallas is a bbq wasteland and if ANYBODY tells you to go to Sonny Bryan's, slap them.

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        Grubber RE: Scagnetti Nov 3, 2007 07:24 PM

        Scagnetti, I'm glad you feel like I do about Sonny Bryan's. I tried it after reading about it and.........uh, I don't think so. I suppose it must have been good at some time but certainly not when I tried it.

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          Scagnetti RE: Grubber Nov 4, 2007 07:32 AM

          Yup, I've been to Sonny's when Sonny his ownself (he's dead now) stood there and sliced meat. It was good, the place had that real bbq house feel to it and the nostalgia thing going for it.

          It was well known, because of all the well heeled businessman who used to go there, that he had been approached a number of times to open additional locations. He would have none of it. The non-Inwood locations all opened after his death. And yes, he is spinning in his grave knowing what dreck is being served under his name.

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      stevedeere RE: Epicurious Esquire Nov 4, 2007 11:36 AM

      Anybody who says that you can't get good BBQ in Dallas simply doesn't know what they are talking about. You just can't get it at the big chains (ie Sonny Byans, Dickeys, etc). There are PLENTY of good, independently owned places where you can get excellent, Texas style BBQ. The best that I have found is Big Daddy's Roadhouse in Lavon (corner of Hwy 78 and Hwy 205), about 30 minutes north of Dallas. They have the absolute, positively best Texas brisket you will find anywhere, bar none!!

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        air RE: stevedeere Nov 4, 2007 09:34 PM

        Since no one's posted a direct link to the BBQ section on Scott's site:
        http://www.dallasfood.org/modules.php...

        It's good to hear that there are more places around DFW that have good brisket since I remember 2 places standing out from Scott's list for brisket: Big Al's and Mac's.

        I've only been to Big Al's and haven't gotten a chance to go to Mac's yet... and I noticed Big Daddy's is an unfamiliar name that hadn't been mentioned.
        Thanks for the tip, I'll add it to my list of places to try.

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        stevedeere RE: Epicurious Esquire Nov 4, 2007 11:38 AM

        oh, yeah, the best ribs in town is at North Main BBQ in Euless (just west of DFW Airport). They are only open Thurs-Sun and it is cash only for all you can eat. But it is the best, as evidenced by the line that snakes around the corner on Thursdays and Fridays!

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          stevedeere RE: Epicurious Esquire Nov 4, 2007 11:40 AM

          all right, one more. The best Texas style BBQ sauce in a jar you will find is made by a little company called Willie B's out in Rockwall. It is a chipotle sauce that has just the right smokey-ness and just a little bite.

          1. Dallas Alice RE: Epicurious Esquire Nov 5, 2007 11:55 AM

            Babyback Shak on Akard just south of downtown has the best ribs in town - they say they're Memphis-style, I just say they're great.

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              pinotho RE: Dallas Alice Nov 5, 2007 12:24 PM

              I second that , Dallas Alice .

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                Dominic RE: pinotho Nov 6, 2007 10:46 AM

                After reading Scott’s review, several times, I tried Big Al’s for the beef ribs. Unfortunately I can’t eat pork. The ribs were the best that I’ve ever had. Big, juicy, tender with great beef flavor. I liked them so much I told a friend about them and we went back the following Saturday. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for great beef ribs.

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                  luniz RE: Dominic Nov 6, 2007 11:34 AM

                  You didn't happen to notice how late they're open, did you? Doesn't seem to be on their website...

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                    Dominic RE: luniz Nov 6, 2007 12:27 PM

                    I'm sorry, I didn't. But I did notice that they are closed on Sundays.

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              toppertx RE: Epicurious Esquire Nov 7, 2007 04:56 AM

              Sammy's Barbecue on East Belknap, near Beach Street, in Fort Worth has been in business since at least WWII. They specialize in brisket and ribs which they serve with a remarkable au jus like sauce. It is tangy and sweet and people are addicted to it. I also love their fries and onion rings. Unlike anything you will find elsewhere.

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