Looking to sample the finest barbecue around town?
Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the most excellent barbecue destinations in Fort Worth, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best places to make your smoked brisket and pulled pork dreams a reality.
1. Heim Barbecue
Topping the list is Heim Barbecue. Located at 1109 W. Magnolia Ave. in Fairmount, this food truck turned restaurant is the most popular barbecue spot in Fort Worth, boasting 4.5 stars out of 1,357 reviews on Yelp.
2. Lone Star Bar-B-Que
Next up is Summerfields’ Lone Star Bar-B-Que, situated at 3665 Western Center Blvd. With four stars out of 114 reviews on Yelp, the barbecue joint has proven to be a local favorite.
3. Panther City BBQ
Panther City BBQ, a catering service and barbecue outlet, is another much-loved go-to, with five stars out of 52 Yelp reviews. Head over to 201 E. Hattie St. to experience it for yourself.
4. Cowtown Brewing
Over in Downtown, check out Cowtown Brewing, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 70 reviews on Yelp. You can find the brewpub that serves barbecue at 1301 E. Belknap St.
5. Angelos Barbecue
Finally, there’s Angelos Barbecue, a local favorite with four stars out of 324 reviews. Stop by 2533 White Settlement Road to hit up the barbecue restaurant next time you’re looking to satisfy your cravings.
Fort Worth is known for its stellar barbecue, but with so many options it’s hard to narrow down which is the absolute best. Well, we did the tasting and research for you.
From classic joints to the newest food trucks, here are Fort Worth’s best barbecue restaurants. Consider it the ultimate Fort Worth barbecue guide.
1109 W. Magnolia Avenue & 5333 White Settlement Road
Pitmaster Travis Heim and his wife, Emma, opened their first Heim location on Magnolia Ave. in 2016. They’ve recently expanded to a second location in the River District because they were always selling out. And it makes sense, their barbecue is some of the best.
From unique barbecue sandwiches and burgers to killer sides, the Heims have got barbecue down. Popular bites to try here are the bacon burnt ends, the Heimburger and BBQ Snob. You can also order classic meats like pulled pork, turkey, short rib and sausage. Sides include green chile mac & cheese, collard greens, twice baked potato salad, coleslaw and pinto beans. Finish things off with the incredible banana pudding.
2533 White Settlement Road
Since 1958, Angelo’s has been serving up chopped beef sandwiches, sliced brisket and sausage plates in Fort Worth. The cafeteria-style barbecue restaurant has rustic vibes with walls lined with taxidermy. It’s the all-time classic BBQ spot in Cowtown.
Besides meat, offered by the plate or pound, Angelo’s has chicken baskets, pulled pork and brisket tacos and baked potatoes. For sides, Angelo’s offer beans, potato salad, coleslaw, green beans, mac & cheese, chili, smoked corn cobette and more. And if you still have room, grab a dessert like peach cobbler or a fried pie.
4801 Edwards Ranch Road
A newer addition to the Fort Worth barbecue scene, Flores Barbecue is already making a name for itself as a food truck. Located at The Trailhead at Clearfork, Flores is open Thursdays through Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm.
The menu includes meats such as prime brisket, pulled pork, turkey, sausage and pork spare ribs by the half pound, plates that include two sides, sandwiches, or tacos. Side choices are slaw, potato salad, beans, or green chili grits. And of course for dessert, there’s banana pudding.
Panther City BBQ
201 E. Hattie Street
Also a food truck, Panther City BBQ started in 2014. All meats are cooked on-site in a smoker over 100 percent Post Oak wood. It’s open on Thursdays through Saturdays from 11 am to sold out and Sundays from 12 pm till everything is sold out. Panther City also does catering for groups.
Smoked meats offered are Black Angus prime brisket, pulled pork, Duroc pork spare ribs, turkey, pork belly burnt ends, jalapeno cheese sausage, cracked pepper sausage and smoked bologna. On Fridays, they have prime beef short rib.
For twists on classic BBQ, Panther City makes pork belly poppers, brisket tacos, and brisket elote cups. Sides include potato salad, mac & cheese, Borracho beans, creamed corn and house made spicy vinegar slaw.
Joe Riscky’s Barbecue
1734 E. El Paso Street
Great-grandson of Joe Riscky, who opened the original Riscky’s Barbecue in 1927, a new generation Joe ventured out on his own to open his own BBQ restaurant called Joe Riscky’s Barbecue. It’s located in a prime spot, right across from Wild Acre Brewing in the Southside.
After splitting from the family business, Joe has created his own menu of great barbecue. The new spot has brisket sandwiches, tamales, turkey, ribs and more. Sides include mac & cheese, coleslaw, potato salad and beans. There’s indoor and spacious outdoor seating to enjoy your meal.
Derek Allan’s Texas Barbecue
1116 8th Avenue
New to the Fort Worth barbecue scene is Derek Allan’s. The new restaurant is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 am to whenever they sell out (3 pm-ish). All of the meat that they serve is from Wagyu cattle, such as brisket, sausage, beef, and smoked meatloaf.
A couple of Derek Allen’s sandwiches are the Dirty Texan with brisket, sausage, pickles and onion and the Bless Your Gut with brisket, sausage, pork, slaw and pickled onion. Chipotle mac & cheese is a unique side on the menu.
They also have classics like pinto beans, slaw, and potato salad. And for dessert either try the banana pudding or pecan pie parfait, both made with handmade vanilla.
Friends Chris Magallanes and Ernie Morales took the leap in 2018 and opened a BBQ trailer on Fort Worth’s near southside and haven’t looked back since.
FORT WORTH, Texas — Out of a tiny trailer on a quiet Fort Worth street, two men are living out their dreams, one brisket at a time.
“I do [pinch myself] all the time, I definitely do all the time,” said Chris Magallanes, one of the owners of Panther City BBQ. The business is located on the city’s near southside.
Magallanes and his longtime friend Ernie Morales worked in the corporate audio visual world for years, but they lived for the weekends when they fired up the smoker. The men said they learned to cook in their backyards.
“That’s how we would socialize is cooking, really,” Magallanes said. “It brought everyone together.”
After taking first place in the first BBQ competition they ever entered, things started to pick up steam. In 2018, the duo quit their jobs with the audio visual company and opened Panther City BBQ.
“It was very scary!” they said.
But within their first few months, Texas Monthly did a favorable write up on the startup and they saw their crowds grow nearly immediately.
Now, day after day, people line up for sausage, ribs, even elote– Mexican street corn– with their brisket on top.
“I like seeing people get away from the gas and the industrial size, super easy-to-control smokers,” he said. “This is as old school as it gets.”
The men behind Panther City have quickly found themselves on the receiving end of big BBQ accolades.
“We made the 2019 Texas Monthly list of top 25 new BBQ joints in Texas,” Magallanes said of their most recent mention.
And if their perch near Main and Pennsylvania looks familiar, it’s because it’s the same exact spot that Heim BBQ got its start, also in a trailer.
“Is there something in the water here?” WFAA asked the duo.
“Yeah, you would think so, but same thing with Travis and Emma [Heim],” Magallanes said. “Hard work will pay off.”
They’re now building a permanent spot on the property, next to Republic Bar, the bar where people currently take the barbecue to eat. They hope to keep the BBQ coming for years there.
“There’s just something about coming in at 3:00 in the morning and the peacefulness over the city and lighting these smokers up,” Magallanes said. “I wouldn’t change it for the world.”
The Pather City Boys are new to the Texas barbecue game but they’re already playing the game at full speed. Somehow these boys fast forwarded right to award-winning barbecue status. It might be because their serving bad azz brisket sides and sausage out of their little trailer on the south side off Fort Worth. I thought the sausage was stupid delicious and the bark on the brisket was stupendous. Such an amazing meaty flavor. You will stand in line, but trust me it is worth the wait. #NewBBQboyzInTheFort
The east side of Fort Worth will soon be home to a new barbecue restaurant, thanks to a chef who imbues his food with a soul-food touch.
Called Smoke-A-Holics BBQ, it will open in July at 1417 Evans Ave., in a spot most recently occupied by a bakery and cake shop. The 1,000-square-foot restaurant will be cozy, seating a dozen people inside and a dozen on a patio area outside.
The restaurant will be the first brick-and-mortar venture for owner Derrick Walker, a Fort Worth native who got started in the barbecue business in 2006, catering special events and hosting pop-ups.
Last year, he purchased a food truck from the owners of Panther City BBQ and started parking on weekends on South Hulen Street, where he quickly developed a following.
“After I got the food truck, it blew up,” Walker says. “At the same time, there was a paradigm shift toward barbecue. It really took off in Fort Worth. I’ve fought off investors. I wanted to open my own place, my own way.”
Walker’s take on barbecue is refreshingly different from others. In addition to staples such as brisket, sausage, chicken, and spare ribs, he’ll offer several items with a soul food twist, including smoked ox tails with cheese grits and smoked and smothered chopped steak.
Side dishes will include collard greens, candied yams, and hot water cornbread.
Some items will be available on his regular menu; others will as a special on Sundays only. His hours will be 11 am to 7 pm Thursday-Sunday.
He’ll also offer most of the items available on his food truck, including traditional barbecue sandwiches, brisket nachos, and a signature dish called the Big Macc, consisting of a pile of smoked mac & cheese topped with chopped brisket, green onions, sausage, and barbecue sauce.
“If I had to coin a phrase for my food, I’d call it ‘Tex soul food’,” he says. “There’s a lot of Texas in it, a lot of soul food, and a lot of me.”
Meats will be smoked in a 1,000-gallon offset smoker, over a mix of pecan and mesquite.
Walker has spent the majority of his life working in the food industry. For 18 years, he worked for the Baylor Health Care System in Fort Worth as an executive chef and food service director.
He learned how to barbecue from his grandfather. “Ten years old, I was outside, learning how to season meat from my grandad,” he says. “We had lands in east Texas, and we were always having big family get-togethers out there, big cookouts. That’s where I learned everything.”
The restaurant will be located about five minutes from where Walker grew up.
“I definitely feel like I’ve come full circle,” he says. “To be opening a place right around the corner from where I grew up – that’s something special to me.”
TEXAS, USA — Four years is too long to wait to recognize Texas’ best barbecue joints, Texas Monthly has decided.
For the second time since 2015, the magazine has released a “midterm” report that focuses exclusively on new barbecue joints in Texas. The magazine notes that “the level of activity in the Texas barbecue scene had gotten so intense that it seemed wrong to make readers wait to hear about the worthy rookies until we released our next Top 50 list, which comes out every four years” and is scheduled to return in 2021.
Texas Monthly only evaluated barbecue joints that had permanent addresses and regular hours, and only original locations were considered for the list of new eateries.
Of the top 25 new barbecue joints in Texas, two are located within North Texas: Panther City BBQ and Smoke Sessions Barbecue.
Panther City, which is located at 201 E. Hattie in Fort Worth, currently is transitioning from a trailer to a brick-and-mortar establishment. Texas Monthly Barbecue Editor Daniel Vaughn touts the pork belly burnt ends topped with a cheese-stuff jalapeño that’s wrapped in bacon.
Headed up by Chad and Jessica Sessions, Vaughn says Smoke Sessions is worth the drive to the Royse City area for “flawless smoked brisket” and “stunning house-made sausages.”
Not surprisingly, many of the honorees were concentrated in central Texas.
Click here to read more about the honorees in Texas Monthly’s report.
Opened: 2018 Pitmasters: Chris Magallanes and Ernest Morales Pro tip: Check their hours, as the transition from trailer to brick-and-mortar might affect their schedule.
Fort Worth’s Heim Barbecue is the originator of the pork belly burnt end, but when Panther City BBQ took over the lot where the Heim trailer once parked, they did their best imitation. It’s good, but more impressive is how they pair it with a jalapeño, which they cut in half, stuff with cheese, top with the pork belly, and wrap in bacon. There are plenty more smoked meats to love too. A brick-and-mortar on the site should be completed later this year. 201 E. Hattie, 214-532-3657. Open Thur–Sat 11–4, Sun noon–4.