I was given keys to a 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser and a stipend to visit five DFW BBQ joints. This is what happened.
The 2019 Toyota Land Cruiser was the quintessential SUV to tour the Dallas barbecue scene for three reasons: 1) sunroof because Texas 2) center console cooler and 3) the in-dash navigation system! To say I was a king on his throne would be an extreme understatement – driving the Land Cruiser made me feel invincible. Luckily for the blind spot sensors, I pretty much was.
Before we embarked on our ‘cue journey I enlisted the help of my good (Fort Worth residing) friend, Donut Digest. As I imagined, she had the scoop on where to find the best meats in Cow Town. Flores Barbecue.
Flores Barbecue, originally from Whitney, Texas, is currently operated via a food truck stationed at The Trailhead at Clearfork, along the Chisholm Trail Parkway in South Fort Worth. Flores Barbecue began in San Marcos in June of 2016, but they hauled their food truck up to Whitney by the end of that year to be closer to family. Whitney is the hometown of Flores Barbecue owner Michael’s wife, Hali Wyont.
During our visit (and obnoxious photoshoot in the oversized third row of the Land Cruiser) we sampled almost every meat and side on Flore’s menu! The ribs were out-of-this-town good and the tacos are wrapped in obvious homemade tortillas. The buns used for our brisket sandwich were cloud-like and the BBQ sauce was one of my favorites. Worth the trip to FTW? Yes.
What’s more, Flores is currently constructing a brick and mortar to replace their BBQ trailer, which is slated to open in 2020. The new building will give Flores Barbecue more room to operate and allow them to offer new menu items like smoked barbacoa, al pastor tacos, and pollo asado, chickens grilled directly over wood coals.
One of the best things I ever did was say “yes” to Slow Bone BBQ near the Dallas Design District. Only a couple years ago my coworker decided to celebrate her birthday lunch at Slow Bone and ever since,
this BBQ joint has held a special clogged artery in my heart.
Let the line speak for itself if you plan to go during peak hours (read: lunch), expect a line out the door and at least 30 minutes deep. Worth the wait, hands down. My favorite item on the menu, a menu that I’ve eaten my way through, is the fried chicken. While I agree with you, it’s not traditional “BBQ”, Slow Bone laces their chicken with the strongest most illegal dose of love. Maybe that’s why everyone’s talking. Where else do I begin…potato salad is made with horseradish (YES!), okra is hand-seasoned and fresh (YES! NOT SOGGY!) and they brew Luzianne Tea (YES YES YES)!
Located in Pantego, I was not mad about the drive from Frisco because daddy had air conditioned seats in his ‘Cruiser!!! What attracts me to Jambos’s (besides being woman-owned) is their outlandish and imaginative menu. Take, for example, The Sadie, the most delicious innovation to the potato since the french fry. A large baked potato stuffed with butter and sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped brisket, minced sausage and chopped onions topped with beans. This ain’t your granny’s baked potato.
Oh, the items are pretty Instagrammable too…
I’ll never forget my first experience at Rudy’s BBQ at their OG location in the Texas Hill Country, just north of San Antonio. Here sits the small community of Leon Springs.
“Founded in the 1800s by Max Aue, Leon Spring’s cityscape changed when Max’s son, Rudolph, opened a one-stop gas station, garage, and grocery store. Bar-B-Q was added to the operation in 1989, and Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q has been serving up tasty food ever since.”
What makes Rudy’s stick out like a sore thumb, a sore delicious barbecue covered thumb? Their 100% oak fed wood-fired pits. Oh, and their famous “Sause“.
Again, V grateful for A/C seats at this time.
If you ask anyone “up North” AKA Plano/Frisco/The Colony where to find good BBQ – 9/10 people will direct you to The Colony’s Hard Eight BBQ off 121. Hard Eight, a family owned and operated biz, welcomed their first location in 2003 in Stephenville, Texas.
Word to the wise, their pits are no joke so don’t wear clothes that you plan on wearing again soon (jackets, etc.)
Cut straight from the pit itself, smoked meat doesn’t get fresher than this – the jalapeño sausage is life. Speaking of jalapeños, three words: Jalapeño Creamed Corn. Final tip, get the red meat and skip the chicken. You’re welcome.
So what did I learn this week? I learned that cars now have A/C seats, electric steering wheel adjusters (do those even have a name?), touchscreens the size of my first flatscreen in 2012 and yea, that I still love BBQ. Every DFW barbecue joint has its strengths and weaknesses, I summarized my opinions below. In the meantime, have Land Cruiser envy because I’m taking her to New Braunfels this weekend and can’t wait to test the two in-car TVs!
hungry Cruisin’, Texas.