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.