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Nov 2, 2007 09:45 AM

Looking to take a BBQ Tour

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

*Carolina-Style Pulled Pork?


*Sausage Links?

*Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce?

*Pork Ribs?

*Beef Ribs?



*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.


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

    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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    1. re: luniz

      Yes, the best place to start is on 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.

      1. re: Scagnetti

        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.

        1. re: Grubber

          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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      1. 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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        1. re: stevedeere

          Since no one's posted a direct link to the BBQ section on Scott's site:

          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.

        2. 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!

          1. 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.