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Haveuseen1?
04-30-2014, 10:41 AM
Looks like I will be in TX next week for work. Starting off in San Antonio, working up to Waco, then Arlington, then Grapevine, leaving out of DFW.

I am up for BBQ reccomendations anywhere along that journey, and am bringing a cooler just in case there is a Brisket sale going on that week.

darkoozy
04-30-2014, 10:48 AM
In Grapevine: i recommend hard eight bbq - stay away from the sauce. The brisket, ribs and sausage good. If you lucky, bacon wrapped shrimp.

http://www.hardeightbbq.com/

Only thing semi decent bbq in Arlington is Rudy's bbq, just the brisket is decent there, and the jalapeno sausage. They might have smoked tenderloin (nice)

http://www.rudysbbq.com/page/home

If you want a hooters style view (and not offended), Bone Daddy's. The 'Q is ok, but the baby back ribs are nuts.

http://www.bonedaddys.com/default.aspx

peeps
04-30-2014, 10:53 AM
In Grapevine: i recommend hard eight bbq - stay away from the sauce. great tip! I sure wish someone had mentioned it to me when I went. The only thing it worked on, IMO, was the sausage.

Arlington/Grapevine: you won't be too far from North Main BBQ in Euless. AYCE but only open on Fri/Sat I think.

darkoozy
04-30-2014, 10:56 AM
great tip! I sure wish someone had mentioned it to me when I went. The only thing it worked on, IMO, was the sausage.

Arlington/Grapevine: you won't be too far from North Main BBQ in Euless. AYCE but only open on Fri/Sat I think.

Ya, good tip. North Main BBQ. Awesome ribs, if you there on fri, sat, sun. He only opens 3 days a week.

supertramp
04-30-2014, 10:56 AM
the woodshed in fort worth is absolutely worth the short drive from arlington. i'd venture east of austin to lockhart and hit up kreuz, smitty's or both. even further to the west of austin in llano is cooper's.

darkoozy
04-30-2014, 10:59 AM
If you willing to drive to Fort Worth stock yards :)

Risky's bbq at the Stockyards location at the end of the strip.

http://www.risckys.com/

All you can eat beef ribs for $10 bucks. Its nuts, and they are good. And you get to see some of the old west while you are there, and ride a mechanical bull if you are brave.

gtr
04-30-2014, 11:03 AM
Here's (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=185160) a post of a trip I took recently to Austin.

Gore went too and put up a post (http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showthread.php?t=184372).

There's a website called "Full Custom Gospel BBQ (http://fcg-bbq.blogspot.com/)" that has a very extensive list and reviews of BBQ joints all around TX.

DaveAlvarado
04-30-2014, 11:11 AM
I'll second Hard 8, it's one of the places I make a trip to on my motorcycle. Their ribs are really good, and if you're in the mood for smoked whatever, they have all sorts of things. It's sold market-style, so if you want a single slice of brisket, two bones of ribs, and half a sausage they can do that for you.

sliding_billy
04-30-2014, 11:23 AM
How much time do you have along the way? Are you planning on stopping between San Antonio and Waco? How much time do you have in DFW? Hutchins FTW!

BoLiles
04-30-2014, 11:26 AM
As a Fort Worth resident, I can't vouch for SA but on the way up 35 you have to check out Miller's Smokehouse in Belton, Kirby's BBQ in Mexia and detours in Tarrant County worth your time are Billy's Oak Acres BBQ out in far west Fort Worth and Longoria's BBQ off of 35W northbound in Everman (south FW) - get the brisket sausage.

I echo that Rudy's is the only decent (yes, it's a chain) BBQ in Arlington - get the moist brisket - but North Main in Euless is semi-nearby and often good on the weekend - it's a buffet too! And if you want to swing out to Dallas from Grapevine, Lockhart Smokehouse in Oak Cliff (Dallas) or the long lines at Pecan Lodge in downtown Dallas are worth the wait and the expense.

The Full Custom Gospel Blog was/is Daniel Vaughn, the now BBQ editor of Texas Monthly and the website www.tmbbq.com is a great resource for Texas 'Q.

sliding_billy
04-30-2014, 11:29 AM
Another good one (not in Arlington but is basically on the Arlington FW border) is Smokey's.

http://m.mainstreethub.com/smokeysbbqtx

Haveuseen1?
04-30-2014, 11:34 AM
I can stop along the way, and my time will be pretty flexible. Lots of great suggestions and thanks!

SmokinJohn
04-30-2014, 12:28 PM
north main in euless +1

darkoozy
04-30-2014, 01:33 PM
How much time do you have along the way? Are you planning on stopping between San Antonio and Waco? How much time do you have in DFW? Hutchins FTW!

I second Hutchins bbq. Their ribs and brisket will make you cry. Get the stuffed jalapenos too! I am always in a food coma when I leave Hutchins

pjtexas1
04-30-2014, 02:11 PM
As a Fort Worth resident, I can't vouch for SA but on the way up 35 you have to check out Miller's Smokehouse in Belton, Kirby's BBQ in Mexia and detours in Tarrant County worth your time are Billy's Oak Acres BBQ out in far west Fort Worth and Longoria's BBQ off of 35W northbound in Everman (south FW) - get the brisket sausage.


How many times have you been to Miller's in Belton?

Fch619
04-30-2014, 10:49 PM
If you're in San Antonio and driving toward Waco there a few places that I suggest over Rudys. Near Austin , there is Salt lick bqq, it's actually in driftwood and a little off course, only about 15-20 minutes, but it's much better than Rudys. There is also schoepfs in Belton Tx. It's between Austin and Waco right off of 35. It's pretty good too. But if you're heading up 35 from San Antonio, Franklins BBQ is the place to stop. Problem is, people lineup at his place like it's a freaking Disneyland ride. So you gotta get there like at 8:30am and wait till almost 11 to get your lunch, or you can pre order but you still gotta get there before 10am. While you're in San Antonio, if you wanted to try something else like a good cut of prime rib, there is a place on the river walk, buodros. It has an excellent blackened prime rib. Dinner is a wait, but lunch is almost always an immediate seating. It's a bit pricey, close to 30 bucks for the prime rib, but it comes with russet potatoes and grilled veggies. The duck and sausage gumbo is pretty good too.

pjtexas1
04-30-2014, 10:55 PM
If you're in San Antonio and driving toward Waco there a few places that I suggest over Rudys. Near Austin , there is Salt lick bqq, it's actually in driftwood and a little off course, only about 15-20 minutes, but it's much better than Rudys. There is also schoepfs in Belton Tx. It's between Austin and Waco right off of 35. It's pretty good too. But if you're heading up 35 from San Antonio, Franklins BBQ is the place to stop. Problem is, people lineup at his place like it's a freaking Disneyland ride. So you gotta get there like at 8:30am and wait till almost 11 to get your lunch, or you can pre order but you still gotta get there before 10am.

That's the 2nd reference to Belton, Tx. Didn't realize we were becoming that popular as a bbq destination.:clap2:

Fch619
04-30-2014, 11:05 PM
That's the 2nd reference to Belton, Tx. Didn't realize we were becoming that popular as a bbq destination.:clap2:

Y'all have some good stuff in Belton. I like schoepfs. They have a good pork chop, the beans are really good. Also like the jalepeno stuffed quail. The brisket was pretty good, not amazing. The ribs weren't bad either, again not the best ive had, but far from the worst. But everything there was better than anything you can get at Rudys or Bill Millers. It's worth the stop. I usually stop in on my way up to Cowboys games.

chambersuac
05-01-2014, 12:33 AM
You're getting good BBQ input, so let me add...

While in San Antonio, go to an H.E.B. grocery store. Some days you can find prime brisket mixed in with the select or choice and pretty cheap. They just ended baby backs for $2.49/ld, I think. Anyway, while at H.E.B. Pick up some Julio's Tortilla chips. If you like tortilla chips. May sound like a strange recommendation but they are worth a try.

Also, not too far north of Waco is a town called, West. Exit and get some kolaches. They have sweet and savory types.

If I could stand up, I'd have you over for some BBQ at our home, but these days I have to rely on my son to Q and I don't know his schedule.

Enjoy your visit.

sliding_billy
05-01-2014, 04:33 AM
That's the 2nd reference to Belton, Tx. Didn't realize we were becoming that popular as a bbq destination.:clap2:

Beats the heck out of standing in line with all the hipsters in Austin. :laugh:

Haveuseen1?
05-02-2014, 12:39 PM
You guys are just great. I am sure I will gain a few pounds, and will post a trip report.
I am bringing a soft sided cooler just in case briskets are a good deal at HEB. Ill pack a few and check them on the plane ride home.

darkoozy
05-02-2014, 03:53 PM
You guys are just great. I am sure I will gain a few pounds, and will post a trip report.
I am bringing a soft sided cooler just in case briskets are a good deal at HEB. Ill pack a few and check them on the plane ride home.

Dont forget to take pictures!

gtr
05-02-2014, 03:57 PM
Some of these joints, esp. the meat markets, have really good jerky and sausage you can buy.

chambersuac
05-03-2014, 07:05 PM
I just heard there is a new place here in San Antonio called, "Blanco BBQ". My friend loves it and the website looks good.

www.blancobbq.com

Mojo56
05-04-2014, 06:47 PM
Just got back from my 1st ever trip to Texas. Stayed in San Antonio, went to a place there called 'The Big Bib'. I had the brisket plate which was excellent. The wife had the baby back rib plate. I thought the ribs were very good. Wifey said mine were better. :) Beans and collards were excellent sides. This place is in a run down strip center and if I hadn't read good reviews on it I probably never would have gone in. Don't let the looks fool you. Give it a try.

On the way to Austin we made a side trip to Lockhart for lunch at Smitty's. The Q was good but the experience was even better. Everyone should go here at least once in their life.

TXLX
02-15-2015, 05:07 PM
I'm from Texas, but tried Hard a Eight for the first time today.... The brisket was really good (one of the best I've had) and the pepper sauce was the best they had to offer. Nice touch having bacon wrapped chicken and shrimp as well. One close to DFW airport for out of town folks.