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14 Essential Dallas Barbecue Joints All BBQ Fans Need To Try

Discover the smoky and savory world of the best barbecue restaurants in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.

Like the rest of Texas, brisket is King in Dallas. And while it may not have the prestige of barbecue joints in the Hill Country, the Dallas barbecue scene is certainly no slouch.

The history of barbecue in the region predates the Civil War. Spanish and Caddo shepherds would cook their meat over an open fire, and the interest in smoked meats spiked as Czech and German migrants moved into the area. As is the tradition with the rest of Central Texas, the Dallas barbecue scene features meat typically slow-cooked over mesquite wood and coated in a rub of salt and black pepper — no sauce is required.

Dallas is a big city with a big appetite for barbecue. We're going to take you on a journey to some of the most mouthwatering spots there. From old-fashioned joints with a long history to new, trendy places that put a modern twist on the classic flavors — we've got it all. We've also included the best barbecue joints situated in Fort Worth, a slightly more country sister city so close to Dallas that we're including it in this list.

Whether you're a barbecue connoisseur or just someone who loves good food, get ready to discover the smoky and savory world of the best barbecue restaurants in Dallas.

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