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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Comments from our joint finder app.
Had the brisket and pulled pork. Actually received brisket with bark on it. The bark was okay. Both brisket and pulled pork were a little dry. Have driven past here for years, I thought I would stop and try it. I can now say I did and probably won't again.
Mae McKnight @ Red Barn Bar-B-Que, 2015-08-03 17:23:22
Very good fatty brisket: 4.5/5.0 - good smoke ring, very moist and good flavor. Turkey: 4.0/5.0. Pork ribs: 3.75/5.0. Jalapeno cheddar sausage: 3.5/5.0. Very good service.
Jeff Overton @ Hays Co. Bar-B-Que and Catering, 2015-08-02 13:53:57
Trying the brisket and pork ribs
edward duran @ Two Bros. BBQ Market, 2015-08-01 21:38:56
As good as it gets
Bo Williamson @ La Barbecue, 2015-08-01 13:21:44
Second time, still wonderful!
Shea Woodall @ Hashknife on the Chisholm, 2015-08-01 12:05:02
Using this for babb brothers it was i here the other day and now not anyway ordered lean sliced asked twice and he kept slicing from the far side sandwich was decent liked there hot bbq sauce
doug_wallace @ Dave’s BBQ, 2015-07-31 21:31:18
The links are to die for. Great taste! The pork bones are pretty unique and worth a try, especially with the tasty sauce.
George Caflisch @ Gerard’s Barbecue, 2015-07-31 17:40:01
Had the German sausage and moist brisket. German has a nice flavor snd the skin has a good crunch. I personally would prefer a more course texture. Brisket has a good bark, nice flavor. I swiped a rib from my son. It was a little dry from being the end piece. Good flavor.
Mae McKnight @ Back Forty Smokehouse, 2015-07-30 16:31:06
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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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