It’s National Brisket Day! :: My Favorite Dallas BBQ Joints


If you live in Texas, lucky you! Texas is famous for having some of the best, mouth-watering, stomach-filling brisket! If you live North East of Dallas, you’re in even more luck because some of the best BBQ in the state is right in your backyard. Here are my choices for the best brisket places to celebrate National Brisket Day on May 28th!


Meshack’s BBQ Shack
240 E Avenue B, Garland, TX 75040

Free for lunch? I mean, really free? Because you’re going to have to get there early and wait in line outside (socially distant of course!) for Meshaks. But it is worth the wait. This Texas Monthly Top 50 nominated stop is cash only so come prepared. No seating and you get it to go, but your family will thank you! Make sure you grab some white bread to go with it. 

Intrinsic Smokehouse and Brewery
509 W State St, Garland, TX 75040

Head down to the quaint downtown area and check out this award winner. They have it all. Amazing brisket, sausage, sides (like these enormous nachos, my fave) and they run ridiculously yummy brunch specials. Make sure to ask Cary and his team for some of their burnt ends. You won’t be disappointed. Need a beer too? They got you covered. 


Pecan Lodge
2702 Main St, Dallas, TX 75226

Located in Deep Ellum, you have to get there early for this one too. Again, worth the wait and bonus, you get to people-watch while you’re there. Texas Monthly named this place as one of their Top 50 and my family definitely agrees! My favorite thing to get at Pecan Lodge is the Hot Mess, which is a giant sweet potato stuffed with barbacoa. Their menu covers all the meat, including chicken fried steak!

Lockhart Smokehouse
400 West Davis, Dallas, Texas 75208

Lockhart in Bishop Arts gives you amazing comfort food in this trendy part of town. The menu features brisket, sausage, pork, chicken, and ribs that my kids fight over. I personally have to have some of the blue cheese coleslaw with my brisket. It’s the best I’ve ever had! They have two more locations in Plano & Arlington if you live out that way. 


Hutchins BBQ
1301 N Tennessee St, McKinney, TX 75069

My family and I are all from McKinney, so I might be biased about this place. Head over to Historic downtown to try some of the best food you will ever get. Another Texas Monthly Top 50, Hutchins is a family-owned and run restaurant that will delight you with meats, sides, and desserts. They are famously known for their Texas Twinkies, which are jalapenos stuffed with brisket, cream cheese, and wrapped in bacon. Oh my! 


Smoke Sessions
307 W, Hwy 66, Royse City, TX 75189

Smoke Sessions started as a small trailer in Fate. Currently, Chad and his wife are building their first brick and mortar location in Royse City, where their new trailer stands. We will be one of the first in line! Order up a 2 meat plate and try their brisket and sausage but don’t forget to try the turkey, mac n cheese and potato salad! 

Sideways BBQ
2067 Summer Lee Dr #105, Rockwall, TX 75032

Located in the Rockwall Harbor, Sideways has beat out many restaurants by staying there for years. The people and food are what keep their customers coming back. Along with a gorgeous view of the lake, you can get some delicious meat and sides. Owned and operated by local folks and former military, Sideways features a full bar and live entertainment. Try their NTBA Bloody Mary shot, named for a local BBQ group, that features their famous burnt ends. Tell Josh I said hi! 

Are you hungry yet? I am!

In short, Memorial day is coming and the quarantine is lifting. Grab some brisket from one of these awesome, local joints and take the family out on a nice picnic!


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