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Five of Dallas’ Best Neighborhood Barbecue Joints

(Photo courtesy of Babb Bros BBQ & Blues)

Texas is famous for its barbecue, but Dallas sometimes gets overlooked. Fortunately, a few great pit masters came to town and changed things for the better.

Now, neighborhood barbecue joints are some of the city’s busiest restaurants. You won’t have to travel far to find a great slab of brisket or side of juicy ribs. The next time you’re craving something smoky, head to one of these five barbecue spots and leave with a full belly—and probably a doggie bag.

1. Lockhart Smokehouse

Located in the Bishop Arts District of North Oak Cliff, Lockhart Smokehouse brings a taste of the Texas Hill Country to Dallas. Pit master Will Fleischman has perfected the barky brisket that put Texas on the national barbecue map, and it’s served alongside the legendary sausages from Kreuz Market in Lockhart. Head to the back counter and order a half pound of brisket and a jalapeño sausage for a meal that will fill you up and leave you with plenty of leftovers for that inevitable late-night craving.

2. Babb Bros. BBQ & Blues

Trinity Groves, located just south of downtown Dallas, is one of the most happening dining spots in the city. Across the street from the critically acclaimed fine-dining restaurants, you’ll find Babb Bros. BBQ & Blues, a home-style joint with killer sides. The smoked meats here are solid, but even a vegetarian could love Babb Bros. for its tasty take on veggies. You can even grab Babb Bros. meat and sides for a backyard picnic or a family gathering.

3. Pecan Lodge

Even though it’s moving out of its original location in the Dallas Farmers Market to a shiny new spot in Deep Ellum, Pecan Lodge will be serving up the same barbecue that was named the best in Texas by Texas Monthly. The brisket is top-notch, the sides are swell and you should definitely save room for some of Aunt Polly’s Banana Pudding. If you’re feeling adventurous, try The Mess—a massive sweet potato topped with “Texas barbacoa,” chipotle cream and cheese.

4. Peggy Sue BBQ

You don’t mess with a classic, and Peggy Sue BBQ has turned this philosophy into a menu of reliably delicious old-school meat and sides. Located in Snider Plaza in the University Park section of Dallas, Peggy Sue BBQ has been serving up barbecue classics and its twist on Texas food since 1989. If you need to bring along any vegetarians for lunch, the salad bar is always fresh, and Peggy’s homemade dressings are perfectly made. Carnivores can load their plates up with smoked brisket, smoked chicken and pork spare ribs for a meat plate for the ages.

5. Back Country BBQ

Back Country BBQ is a crowd-pleaser, largely due to its ever-changing menu. Everyone can find something they love at Back Country, especially those that get tired of same ol’ brisket-and-ribs combination at every barbecue restaurant. Feast on smoked turkey, ham and smoked chicken accompanied by made-fresh sides like Corn O’Brian and turnip greens.