Cousin’s Bar-B-Q

6262 McCart Ave.
Fort Worth, TX 76133

Phone: 817-346-2511
Hours: Mon–Sat 11–9
Website: www.cousinsbbq.com
Twitter: @cousinsbbq

Opened 1983
Pitmaster Cliff Payne
Method Hickory; indirect-heat pit
Pro Tip They serve ultra-lean brisket unless you specify otherwise.

TMBBQ Rating: 4.25

Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50

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cousins does everything pretty darn good,
rgv @ Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, 2014-04-06 16:29:26
Good Q & nice sides! The brisket was lean & the turkey was moist.
Amy Estess Donovan @ Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, 2014-04-05 15:51:13
The brisket was tender, moist and had a nice smoke flavor. The smell walking up to the front door of this place is amazing.
Nicholas Govea @ Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, 2014-02-01 14:43:06
Good, dependable, but not spectacular BBQ. Nice rustic ambiance in the dining area and awesome selection of meats and sides.
Rick Toumbs @ Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, 2013-11-30 00:10:40
A few years ago I tried Cousin's at the airport. It was horrible! This time I came to the original location because it is on the TM Top 50. I ordered the fatty brisket sandwich, which had a nice crust and deep smoke ring. It was just dry like sawdust. The ranch style beans are kicked up ranch style beans from a can. Tasty, but those beans taste better straight from a can. The black eye peas were bland as well. I'm really disappointed in the sausage. It tastes like Eckrich Farms sausage from my youth. It almost tastes boiled. No smoke taste on the sausage at all. I have no idea how this place got on the TM Top 50.
Theodore Luoma @ Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, 2013-10-24 16:13:38
My company had lunch catered by the McCart location. BBQ Sauce was good. Brisket was very lean and flavor was okay. Pinto Beans were watery and tasted like they had used sugar instead of salt (yuck). Mustard potato salad was good and unsweetened ice tea was so fresh/good, I almost had to slap it.
@ Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, 2013-08-05 23:40:03
3rd stop in Dallas. Best so far. Pretty good all around.
John Brotherton @ Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, 2013-07-09 15:18:41
Cousin's bar-B-Q has good service, tea was great. I had the brisket, sausage, ribs, and turkey. The brisket was dry. It had a nice smoke ring. The german sausage was just ok. The rib meat was tough. The turkey was moist and smokey. Turkey was the best choice. I like the cole slaw and potato salad. The beans were cold. The restaurant has a nice atmosphere with a vintage cowboy decor. The owner has lots of photos of himself on the wall.
tumbleweed_ @ Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, 2013-06-21 22:22:24
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Reviews

May 14, 2013

With six locations—two of which are in the Dallas–Fort Worth International Airport—this family-run operation could be considered a chain now and, thus, not admissible for this list. But rules are made to be broken, especially when a plateful of expertly smoked meat is before you. We still like the original Cousin’s. It doesn’t have much curb appeal: a plain joint located in a shopping center set back from a six-lane road on the outskirts of…

October 17, 2008

Normally I stay away from chains, but this location made it into Texas Monthly’s Top 50, so I thought I’d give it a try. There are four stand-alone locations as well as two more in the DFW Airport, but a friend and I chose to try the original, which opened in 1983. The strip mall location is underwhelming, but the smell of smoke inside was tempting. My dining companion had not yet experienced a full…

May 21, 2008

In barbecue time there’s before, during, and after. Before our meal at Cousin’s, we studied the brisket’s thin, dark crust. During our meal, the smoky taste made us lose track of our other senses. Ribs were rich. Sauce was tart. Sweet beans really were. After, we wondered where the time had gone.