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May 8, 2013 10:42 AM

Best BBQ

I have a friend in town from Brazil and he will be traveling from Ohio to Texas and is eager to eat some authentic BBQ during his road trip. His final destination is Dallas. Looks like his route will take him from Memphis, TN through Little Rock, AK and then on to Dallas along I-30W and I-35E.

Anyone have any kick ass BBQ suggestions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area?

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  1. The Slow Bone will be the place I would recommend that is on point with brisket and sides. I did not try any other meats but I would highly recommend the single meat plate with brisket and two sides.

    The sides are the point at which I had a tough time choosing. I didn't know they ahve sweet potato casserole or I would have ordered that. I was really impressed by the green chili mac and cheese, brussel sprout and cauliflower gratin and was so-so about the greens. The greens definitely had smoke in them (I am guessing smoked turkey) but just didn't have that bite I like. The complimentary chow chow is also very good.

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    1. re: LewisvilleHounder

      I definitely concur with L'Hounder re Slow Bone.
      Btw, it seems their sides change in a "rotation" depending on the day you're there. One day when I was there (a Saturday) they had a green bean casserole smothered on top with skinny French fried onion rings. Delicious! And, don't forget their great hushpuppies for dipping in the Carolina style sauce on the condiment stand.

      Also good is Pecan Lodge. Located in Shed #2 at the Dallas Farmers Market. Great meats including hard to find beef ribs!
      But, note their limited open hours:
      11:00-3:00 Thur-Sun. If you do go, arrive before they open as there is always a long line.
      Yes, it's that good!

    2. LH and TW covered Dallas. In Memphis, he needs to go to Paynes for a chopped pork sandwich. Not only one of (if not the) best bbq anything i've ever had, it's a top 5 sandwich. Alternatively, Central has the best ribs. Of course, i'm sure you'll find these recommendations on the memphis board but the dallas recs were already taken and i wanted to contribute :)

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      1. re: demigodh

        I had the ribs at Central and I hear they are much better than the offering at Rendezvous. I personally was not impressed with the ribs as I was their craft beer selection. I believe we ate last year on a Friday at lunch time on the Friday before July 4th. The ribs weren't as smokey as I would like them but they were tender and falling off the bone. Not sure if it was good to compare them to Franklin BBQ in Austin for their ribs but Franklins was much better. We did not have time to stop by Paynes but it was second on my list. I will probably go to Paynes next time!

        I mapped out our trip to DC last year and just about every foodie place along the trip. If you need specific recommendations for Nashville I have a whole list of those. Below is the map you can feel free to use:

        1. re: LewisvilleHounder

          Absolutely make sure you go to Paynes next time. It's phenomenal. However, i would ask them to go light on the sauce as the last time i went it was drenched in sauce which detracted from the sandwich.

          As a side note, Rendezvous is horrible. And i don't mean overrated or too touristy, it's just bad bbq. Worse than dickeys.

      2. Pecan Lodge. Without a doubt the best BBQ in Dallas. You have to go early or they run out of food.

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        1. re: Mike C. Miller

          I concur and second Mike's suggestion for Pecan Lodge located in Shed #2 at the Dallas Farmers Market. But note their limited hours:
          Thur-Sun. 11:00-3:00. And, you need to get there before they open because the line starts early and they tend to run out of food well before closing. Especially since Texas Monthly magazine just voted them one of the four best in Texas!

          If that's too inconvenient, second best is The Slow Bone. They're new but up and coming and no long lines, yet. Have the brisket. It's almost as good as Pecan Lodge.

          1. re: twinwillow

            Just came here to chat about the Texas Monthly thing ... so exciting!! Just hope the line won't be 2 hours now ...

            1. re: foiegras

              yeah... apparently Pecan Lodge is better than Black's, Kreuz Market, J. Mueller, and Smitty's (which didn't even make the list!!). Great news for PL, but this is not at all consistent with my experience. I will, of course, grant that my experience pales in comparison to Vaughn's. And that Pecan Lodge can be good when they're "on" - they just weren't "on" for either of my last two visits.

              1. re: gavlist

                The rankings apparently weight brisket heavily ... which is fine by me, it's important. I was recently at a couple of the places you mention, and kept thinking that I'd rather be at Pecan Lodge ... felt totally vindicated when the list came out ;)

                1. re: foiegras

                  I can certainly agree with the weighting of brisket. That's what TX bbq is all about as far as I'm concerned. Ribs and sausage are sides as far as I'm concerned.

                  1. re: gavlist

                    I would concur with you but, if the ribs are really, really good.............