Baker’s Ribs

3303 Main
Dallas, TX 75226

Phone: 214-748-5433
Hours: Mon-€“Thur 6-€“8, Fri 6-€“9, Sat 8-€“9, Sun 8-€“4.
Website: www.bakersribs.com/locdeepellum.html
Twitter: @BakersRibsBBQ

TMBBQ Rating: 3

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Lined up at 1230 and already sold or of everything but links... Maybe next time!
kyle craven @ Meshack’s Bar-B-Que Shack, 2015-05-21 17:32:20
I know these guys catch a lot of flack for "institutional" BBQ, but I always find their moist brisket consistently yummy and really like their spicy sausage. Good prices and always friendly employees, too!
Adam Murray @ Rudy’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-05-20 17:24:24
Chopped beef sandwich was below par and pork ribs were a 6.5 out of ten. Not sure how this one made the list
kyle craven @ Bartley’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-05-20 16:44:24
Asked for fatty brisket and found a few decent, moist pieces with good flavor, nice smoke ring and a well flavored bark. Most of it was just dry, though. Ribs were really dry and lacked any kind of flavor. Maybe I just caught them on a bad day...
Adam Murray @ Michna’s BBQ, 2015-05-19 18:43:10
A true East Texas BBQ place... Chopped beef sandwich is the way to go, chopped right there on the block (as it should be (take notes a
kyle craven @ Stacy’s, 2015-05-19 16:49:00
Had a sliced and beans meat was good smokey needed salt
doug_wallace @ Angelo’s, 2015-05-18 23:41:23
Delicious as always!!
bbqueen @ City Market, 2015-05-18 22:12:18
Meh. Needs more smoke.
Enrique Rodriguez @ Papa Joe’s Backyard BBQ, 2015-05-17 00:29:52
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Review

September 26, 2012

You may have been familiar with the Baker’s Ribs location in Deep Ellum. It stood for decades in a brick building on Commerce Street with a large pig painted on the side. They leased that building but were looking for a permanent home, so they bought a building just a few blocks away in the same Deep Ellum neighborhood. I made a couple of stops to see just how well they’ve dealt with the transition.

Some things have changed for the better, like the addition of the Original Fried Pie Shop inside the restaurant (more on that later), and some things have thankfully remained, like the all-hickory-fired Bewley smoker that they brought over from the old location. It was so clean and shiny I thought it was new, but the lady doling out the food orders said they just gave it a good cleaning.

I’ve always liked the brisket here from a smoke standpoint. Baker’s knows how to get the smokiness into the meat, but it’s harder to also keep the meat moist and tender. The beef on this day was no different than I’d expected, which is to say that it had a great-looking black crust and ruby-red smoke ring along with a strong smoky flavor, but it also lacked good seasoning, good fat, and it was just too dry. An unexpected meat option of fried turkey was outstanding. They smoke a seasoned turkey breast then dunk the whole thing into a fryer to finish it off. The result is juicy turkey whose slices have thick crispy edges. It was some of the better smoked turkey I’ve had. No word whether or not fried brisket will make it on the menu.

The ribs were also excellent. The meat was moist and came from the bone perfectly. A subtle sweet rub allowed a good dark crust to form and the meat was very smokey. I included the photo above to show how a well-cooked rib will look after a bite is taken. The bone should be exposed easily, but the meat on either side of the bite should remain intact. It should not fall off the bone entirely, nor should there be meat left on the bone where the bite was taken.

On a subsequent visit I ordered a plate of both lean and fatty brisket. If they could just mix the supple texture and richness of the moist brisket with the smokiness of the lean slices, then they’d be onto something. Neither cut was great on its own, however. All of the sides here are good, from a simple creamy mac and cheese to crispy coleslaw and a potato salad heavy with dill. Don’t forget about dessert either.

If you want one of these famous fried pies, you have to order them at a second counter at the back of the restaurant and pay for them separately there. A wide array of filling options are offered and all pies are made to order. This allows you to create flavor combinations, which is actually encouraged. The lady frying the pies on this day confirmed that I could combine any fillings together in one pie since it would be made fresh. Brisket and pulled pork are filling options and I really wanted to try the shredded beef in pie form. I thought pecan and blackberry might be complementary flavors so I asked for what was probably their first order of a brisket, blackberry, and pecan fried pie. This masterful combination of ingredients landed on the table just as we were polishing off the barbecue. It was hot, flaky, and rich from the overflowing filling. The sweet blackberry, nuttiness of the pecan, and the smoky beef were a better match than I’d ever imagined. This was an excellent dessert but could easily double as a hearty main course. I’m thinking apricot and pulled pork for my next visit.

(This review originally appeared on Full Custom Gospel BBQ.)

Comments

5 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    Sadly, the only Baker’s I have not been to in the Dallas area is the Deep Ellum location.

    Most recently I went to the Rowlett (Lakeview Parkway) location. This one has always been hit or miss for me. The last time there was a miss. The high school kids who were taking my order clearly had better things to do even though I was the only one ordering anything. I came to this conclusion due to the sullen and annoyed stares on their faces as I decided what to order, then ordered and then paid. No simple “Hello”, no “thanks for coming”, no words at all other than “what size” for the sides. The Smiths “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now” would have been a fitting soundtrack had it been playing in the background. I will say that I have had good service here most times but it seems to be dependent on who’s watching over the kids.

    I ended up getting us a pound of ribs and a pound of brisket. The brisket had nice smoke but was a good bit dry. Not bad but not great. The ribs have been better most visits. The bark had congealed then dried into one hard jerky textured piece while the lukewarm inside was a bit goopy/mealy and had zero adherence to the bone. The sides of mac & cheese and pasta salad were nice.

    Again, I would like to state that I’ve been there on other occasions when all was good. When it comes to food though, I don’t like to gamble. That being said, when in the Garland/Rowlett area I’ll go to Meshack’s. As for Baker’s Ribs, I’ll stick with the other locations and at some point get over to the Deep Ellum location.

    ~SRC

  • Don O. says:

    Their potato salad is my favorite.

  • Michael says:

    I’ve always preferred their Greenville Avenue location.
    I love their ribs and pulled pork.
    But, their brisket can’t compare with Pecan Lodge.

  • Anonymous says:

    The sausage,egg & cheese and bacon, egg & cheese fried pies make for a great breakfast. The fried pie shop is open hours earlier than the main dining room.

  • I didn’t try their pies, but the peach cobbler was incredible!

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