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.

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