Bartley’s Bar-B-Q

413 E. Northwest Hwy.
Grapevine, TX 76051

Phone: 817-481-3212
Hours: Tue-€“Thur 10:30-€“8, Fri & Sat 10:30-€“9

Opened 1968
Pitmaster Shane Wilkinson (since 2012)
Method Hickory; indirect-heat pit
Pro Tip The pecan cobbler comes from the bakery next door.

TMBBQ Rating: 4

Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50

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September 3, 2010

I needed to go back to Bartley’s in Grapevine to clear up a misunderstanding. In my D Magazine article on the Best BBQ in DFW, I stated that Bartley’s used oak in their smokers, but a few commenters noted that they use hickory. I had to get it from the horse’s mouth, so after a cancelled flight at DFW led to a bowl of red at Tolbert’s, I stopped in at Bartley’s for some meat…


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got a three meater. brisket was smokey but dry, the rub was tasty. Ribs are candy coated with sauce but flavorful and slide off the bone. the smoked bolagna was very impressive, moist and smokey. then you remember you're eating bolagna. great selection of sides
thehighepopt @ Bartley?s Bar-B-Q, 2015-10-07 17:58:53
Popped in from out of town today, ribs and jalapeño sausage were as good as I've had and sides were fantastic. Friendly and informative staff, if your not from the area they'll lead you in the right direction. Highly recommend.
jacob riley @ Bartley’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-07-25 21:02:56
Just finished a great lunch at Bartley's. Brisket and ribs were cooked perfectly. Sauce on ribs was a little sweet for me but flavor on brisket was good
James Cunningham @ Bartley’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-07-10 16:19:04
Enjoyed some sliced brisket and sausage. The lean brisket was moist and tender. Nice smoke flavor.
Mae McKnight @ Bartley’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-05-28 18:36:31
Chopped beef sandwich was below par and pork ribs were a 6.5 out of ten. Not sure how this one made the list
Kyle030390 @ Bartley’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-05-20 16:44:24
Had the all you can eat again ribs brisket and sausage all great @ Bartley’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-02-24 19:15:46
We were in Dallas Saturday, and interestingly enough, I learned about a restaurant that is known for its chili when I was researching BBQ joints. We headed out to Grapevine so that I could sample Tolbert's Texas Red. I know, I'm always on the lookout for BBQ, but why not seek out great chili as well? It turns out that Tolbert's has a very nice bowl of chili. So much so, that I would certainly return for another bowl. My wife's steak also had a nice flavor, but I caught a glimpse of little Maddie's hamburger. Let's put it this way: I don't plan on going to Tolbert's for their burgers. After a nice lunch, we piled into our van so that we could get to our hotel. Just as we turned the corner, I saw Bartley's BBQ. It's on my list! I had to stop for something. (As you may know, I'm trying to visit all BBQ establishments on the Texas Monthly Top 50). As I walked in and perused their fare, I suddenly uttered, "That's bologna!" They had barbecued bologna and I had to get some. The proprietor told me their specialty was brisket, so I ordered a half pound of the fatty stuff. He pulled out a fresh brisket and deftly cut to the fat. He was also careful to maximize on the crust so that I would fully enjoy this treat. To make the family happy, I grabbed a half dozen cinnamon rolls which are made at their sister bakery. IMG_4940 It was much later before I enjoyed these take out treats, but the cinnamon rolls were delicious. The BBQ bologna was a definite treat. I can't say that I've enjoyed this under appreciated meat quite this way. The brisket is what caused my wife to call me an addict. She has drug addicts in her family and she hates that mentality. Apparently, my behavior isn't that much different than a junkie looking to score. She just doesn't appreciate a perfectly rendered piece of fat candied with a nice black crust. Bartley's BBQ easily earns a 4.0/5.0 from me. Everything I tried exceeded all expectations and they are a place you mustn't overlook if you are in the Dallas area. Do yourself a favor, get some cinnamon rolls. Next time I will try their kolaches. If you are looking for other joints that scored at least a 4.0, try Billy's Old Fashion Barbecue and Stanley's Famous Pit Barbecue. You will not be disappointed.
Theodore Luoma @ Bartley’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-02-23 05:22:29
must be an off day, because I dot understand the top 50 ranking
Stephen Powell @ Bartley’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-02-13 01:07:15
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May 15, 2013

We walked through the doors of this thoroughly nondescript suburban strip center spot and were greeted by the heavenly incense of smoked meat—which carried us to the counter in a happy daze. Next, came an unsolicited, excruciatingly upbeat testimonial from a fellow patron, waiting and antsy for service: “Best barbecue around!” he blurted out. Finally, we ordered, and the sensory experience we’d been waiting for unfolded: The brisket was ringed in deep maroon, and walloped with smoke flavor; a stack of short, juicy pork ribs hid their fatty goodness under a slightly sweet and crackly bark; and the sausage was spicy and flavorful.


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