Harris Bar-B-Que

220 S. Hwy 77
Waxahachie, TX 75165

Phone: (972) 923-0040
Hours: Tues-Sat 11-8
Website: www.harrisbbq.com

Opened 2013
Pitmaster Kelvin D. Harris
Method Indirect heat smoker

TMBBQ Rating: 4

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Chopped with gravy fantastic
doug_wallace @ Jasper’s Bar-B-Que, 2015-03-30 18:08:27
Brisket had a nice smokey flavor. Sausage had a nice crunch in the casing and good seasoning. Ribs could use more smoke flavor but nice and moist.
Mae McKnight @ McKenzie’s Barbeque, 2015-03-30 18:02:16
Sausage sandwich and a PC of cake she I got the smallest pc and gave me another and didn't charge me for either sausage was fresh spicy and good
doug_wallace @ Mama and Papa B’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-03-30 17:53:47
Had the gut pack with brisket ad german sausage would have been perfect if they had left the pickled onions and jalapeños off like I asked good place will try again
doug_wallace @ Vitek’s Bar-B-Q, 2015-03-30 17:23:01
I stop in here on way back from NE TX to Austin. Great brisket. Just right amount of smoke and tenderness. You will almost always see Kirby in back slicing brisket. You know you are in a place that wants you to taste most flavorful cut when they charge more for lean cut than moist.
Terry r @ Kirby’s Barbeque, 2015-03-30 04:47:07
Their beef sausage is fantastic. Brisket is not too bad either.
Terry r @ Zimmerhanzel’s BBQ, 2015-03-30 04:41:36
I really like the flavor and moistness of the brisket here. Sauce is also great.
Terry r @ Green Mesquite Barbeque and More, 2015-03-30 04:40:37
For some reason the location on the hill does not quite match the food quality on the 2222 lake location.
Terry r @ The County Line, 2015-03-30 04:39:13
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Review

August 27, 2013

If you’re headed south on Highway 77 you won’t see the sign for Harris Bar-B-Que, but it doesn’t matter. A huge, black offset smoker will likely be blowing smoke across the road just south of downtown Waxahachie. Kelvin Harris used this smoker when he was darting around Cedar Hill and Dallas trying to find gas stations and parking lots to sell his barbecue. After too many years of operating less than legally, he decided to quit his day-job in aircraft maintenance and put all of his time and passion into a barbecue joint. Thus far it seems he made the right decision.

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That smoker out front is admittedly for show. Harris has another larger pit in the screened in pit room attached to the back of the building. Between the two you’re going to smell smoke when you get out of the car. As Harris says in a recent promotional video, his barbecue is done “on the pit, straight stick, no gas, no electric.” The intensity of the smoke on the meat here leaves no doubt about the fuel. It’s done with hickory and oak, and some pecan when he can find it. A jet-black crust provides a thick coating over the brisket slices which were perfectly tender and moist. Between the flavors of smoke, seasoning, and beef, it was the smoke that overpowered the other two. It was great brisket that could only be improved by a cleaner smoke the leaves a little less residue.

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The ribs were thick spares. There was some sweetness in the rub and more good smoke, but with a better balance than the brisket. It took a little effort to get the meat off the bone, but they were by no means tough. A simple potato salad was of the mashed variety with some sweetness added. The beans were much more complex. There was nearly as much meat as beans from all the trimmings that were added. They got another layer of  flavor from a cilantro-heavy pico de gallo.

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The sauces tasted like a doctored commercial sauce with the spicy sauce needing more kick to match its name. Its sweetness was a great complement to the smoky brisket in the chopped beef sandwich. A generous amount of sauced was ladled on the meat (they ask how you’d like it when ordering) which would make most commercially made buns too soggy to lift. This bun however was generously buttered and left on the griddle long enough to create an almost sweet layer of pleasantly chewy bread. This was a nice textural difference from the decadently fatty chopped beef. Some dill pickle chips and sliced onion turned this into a flawless chopped brisket sandwich.

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After my meal I talked briefly to owner Kelvin Harris. He said he had too much passion for barbecue to not make it his full time job. After just four months in business, that passion is showing. The meats here also show some real skill and barbecue experience. With a cleaner fire and a little less smoke on the brisket, it could be some of the state’s best. I’m glad it’s less than an hour from home.

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