Reviews

Bet The House BBQ

Shawn Eagle and Cody Smithers opened a Denton barbecue joint in a strip mall with $5,000 from a Kickstarter campaign and a big dream. A week into running the business they shared with the local paper the desire to make the Texas Monthly Top 50 barbecue list. Five months into it, they still have the passion and enough business to have already expanded the dining area. They’re also still tweaking ingredients and recipes, but it’s the…

Mesquite Wood Bar-B-Q

I’d like to be able to say more about Mesquite Wood Bar-B-Q, but the items available from the smoker the day I stopped in didn’t allow for it. I stood perusing the menu on the small porch at the ordering window that faces Drake Street. A few blocks south the county road disappeared into the foothills. The smell of smoke surrounding the place was unmistakable.   Iraan is out there. It sits a ways off I-10…

Ten 50 BBQ

Larry Lavine has been an accomplished restaurateur in Dallas for decades, but he’s best known for founding the Chili’s chain in the seventies. He sold the business thirty years ago, even before baby back ribs ever made it to the menu, and now he’s in the brisket game. After plenty of R&D and a lengthy renovation of a building between Highway 75 and the DART line, Lavine’s newest restaurant, Ten 50 BBQ (named for the address)…

Avondale Station BBQ

I didn’t go looking for a barbecue theme as I drove around the rural roads northwest of Fort Worth, but I found plenty. It seems in the Azle/Rhome/Haslet part of the state that a barbecue joint can’t operate unless it has hand-cut fries (five out of five that I visited) and smoked bologna (three out of five) on the menu. There’s no complaint in finding good fries, and I guess the bologna love can be chalked…

Come & Take It BBQ

Good barbecue in West Texas is about as common as an oak tree west of the Pecos River. Consequently, it was a revelation when we found Pody’s BBQ in Pecos a couple years back. When I first visited Pody’s back in 2012 it was brand new. A search around Fort Davis, Marfa, and Alpine during the same trip didn’t turn up even a single barbecue joint, so it was with excitement that I received a…

The Wooden Spoke

You’ve probably didn’t know there is an Oklahoma, Texas, but that’s where you’ll find The Wooden Spoke on a corner gravel lot along FM Road 2978. It’s officially in Magnolia, but the Oklahoma Cemetery and the Oklahoma Community Center are just a block away. Despite that, owner and pitmaster Mike Gray confirms that his barbecue is thoroughly Texas style. In the early nineties Gray competed against twenty or so other teams in a Texas cook-off and…

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