It’s almost summer, and that means it’s almost time to start chowing down on plates of delicious barbecue. What better way to kick off the season than trying out some new, lesser-known joints in Texas? Here are ten of the best that are sure to keep you coming back for more.
1. Tyler's Barbeque (Amarillo)
Texas Monthly, Amarillo Magazine, and countless freelance bloggers have praised Tyler's to the heavens, and for good reason. The owner claims to have the "world's largest smoker and grill" and not only keeps his restaurant open daily but also caters private events.
2. Texas Pride Barbecue (Adkins)
This quaint little joint used to be a gas station before it became a barbecue restaurant - and boy, was that a change well worth it. The meat is absolutely to die for, and you can work off your meal by dancing the night away on the huge dance floor.
3. Mike Anderson's BBQ House (Dallas)
Mike Anderson's has been providing delicious brisket, pork chops, and other barbecue favorites to the Dallas area since 1982. They equate barbecue to good times and togetherness with friends and family, so rest assured their food is of the highest quality possible to keep customers coming back to revel in the company of loved ones.
4. Stanley's Famous Pit BBQ (Tyler)
Stanley's has been a local legend in Tyler for over 50 years and has recently attracted attention from several famous magazines and websites. As well as amazing meat, the restaurant boasts over 60 bourbon and craft beer options as well as live music every night.
5. Hard Eight Pit BBQ (Coppell)
With locations in Stephenville, Coppell, and Roanoke, Hard Eight provides the DFW area with phenomenal barbecue no matter what area you live in. The atmosphere is extremely fun and laid-back, and the huge patio features live music daily.
6. Riscky's Bar-B-Q (Fort Worth)
Family owned and in operation since 1927, Riscky's is a permanent fixture in the Fort Worth Stockyards. Today, the family runs six barbecue restaurants, a steakhouse, a burger joint, and a catering service.
7. Country Tavern Bar-B-Que (Kilgore)
Country Tavern is easily one of the oldest barbecue joints in Texas, having been open since 1939. The consensus on the best menu items seems to be the fall-off-the-bone ribs smothered in homemade barbecue sauce and that scrumptious jalapeno cheese sausage pictured above.
8. City Meat Market (Giddings)
There are few barbecue pits as gigantic as the one at City Meat Market. This little gem is hugely popular among locals and is gaining statewide momentum after being recognized by Texas Monthly.
9. Opie's BBQ (Spicewood)
Opie's is a self-proclaimed "carnivore's dream," but ironically some of their most popular items are meatless side dishes. So before you get too stuffed from your main course, be sure to try some of the tater tot casserole and spicy creamed corn.
10. Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ (Austin)
Cooper's has made headlines countless times, and there's no secret as to why - their meat is second to very few. There are locations in Austin, New Braunfels, and the Stockyards, so the next time you're in any of those areas, make sure to stop by and experience some of the best barbecue in the state.
Have you tried any of these restaurants? What’s your favorite hole in the wall barbecue joint in Texas?