We recently had a chance to check in and check out Hutchins BBQ located in McKinney (closed temporarily due to fire) and Frisco, Texas recently with some pretty positive results. In this world where BBQ can be an easy sell if you happen to have a smoker and a stacks of meat, perhaps with a kitschy name or theme. Where the big chains fail is on delivery of the goods, and it is unfortunate that many follow their happily played tune. But we know better than all of this.
Hutchins is the real deal BBQ in a land of mediocre. They actually use prime meats, which almost seems like a wasted effort. If you slow cook even the worst cut of beef it will eventually relent to an edible plateau, but why risk it? This effort shines through not only with the brisket, which comes out of a day long bath of post oak and pecan wood smoke with a rich and juicy superior meatiness, but also with their baby back ribs. Continue reading →
Walking along Henderson Avenue you can’t help but see the “new”. Every restaurant is neon and shiny with $14 cocktails and a DJ on the weekends to keep things exciting. It’s easy to miss some of the hidden gems, but one gem of a restaurant in particular has managed to keep the locals coming since 1941. Continue reading →
It’s easier than ever to fake your way through a summertime cookout. You’ve heard about the test tube burger; you had to, it cost $33,000. Meanwhile, sales of alternative meat products, like faux hot dogs, continue to rise (to more than $550 million last year). The one cookout staple that doesn’t easily lend itself to veganism is ribs. So, before someone comes up with a test tube version, let’s shout out epic pork and beef ribs around the country.
Texas star chef Tim Love, whose restaurants include the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and Love Shack, happens to be a ribs expert. He kindly provided a list of his favorite ribs spots—both pork and beef. Believe it or not, he’s got his eyes wide open enough to find a go-to place in Toronto. Continue reading →
Meshack’s Bar-Be-Que Shack is simply that. A shack in an industrial encampment of Garland that if anyone had placed the location in a business plan it would have been summarily rejected immediately. However, this long standing BBQ restaurant has succeeded without interior dining, long waits during peak hours, and otherwise some pretty delicious BBQ. That smell is not only pecan wood, it is the smell of success for owner Travis Mayes. Continue reading →
Ten50 BBQin Richardson is about to celebrate three years of smoke later this summer after already going through a series of makeovers, most notably the bar which is in sprite condition with its long row of stools ready to BBQ and beer its guests.
General BBQ wisdom sets sites on the pork ribs at Ten50, where they serve tender St Louis style which carries more meat-to-bone ratio than say baby backs, but with the same luster and bite. Hickory is the wood of choice, but we did spot a stack of post oak which is known for its long burning flavorful hard smoke. Continue reading →