Acclaimed Fort Worth BBQ restaurant Smoke-a-holics debuts new spinoff
One of the best BBQ spots in town extends down to Crockett Row in Fort Worth: Smoke-a-Holics grill, whose nearly two-year-old store on Evans Avenue, southeast Fort Worth, has won acclaim from barbecue enthusiasts near and far, this month will open a location at Crockett Hall, the indoor food hall at 3000 Crockett St. in the Close to the cultural district.
Smoke-a-holics ‘owner and pitmaster Derrick Walker says the new location will serve most of Smoke-a-holics’ original store items that have been expertly smoked cut brisket to pages on special articles such as smoked chicken salad;; Brisket nachos;; and loaded corn bread, a popular dish consisting of cornbread with baked beans, chopped brisket, grated cheese, onions, and barbecue sauce.
“It’s ambitious, I know,” says Walker. “But we want to offer the full experience.”
Walker says the only item not served is turkey thighs, which are only available in the original store on Tuesday.
The meat is smoked in the original shop and shipped to the Crockett Hall site twice a day. “It’s only a seven-minute drive, so if we run out of something we can run over it pretty quickly,” says Walker.
Since opening two years ago in a tiny, 1,000-square-foot building, Smoke-a-holics has grown to become one of the top BBQ eateries in Texas, drawing local, regional, and national attention, including a nomination for Best New Restaurant of 2020 in CultureMap’s annual Tastemaker Awards. The restaurant was recently featured in Garden + Gun magazine.
Originally from Fort Worth, Walker started the grill business in 2006 by creating special occasions and hosting pop-ups. In 2018 he bought a food truck from the owners of Panther City BBQ and started parking on South Hulen Street over the weekend, where he quickly developed a following.
Walker had toyed with the idea of expanding for months. “We went to see the old Dickey building (at the university Dr.), which is not far from the food hall,” he says. “We went to other places too, lots of other places. But we got a really good deal on the dining room space – an offer we couldn’t refuse.”
Originally known as the Food Hall on Crockett Row, the 16,000-square-foot indoor food mall opened in 2018 with nearly a dozen vendors, including John Tesar’s Knife. However, business paced and sellers came and went, which clouded the future of the hall.
Last summer, the hall was relaunched by Dallas-based designer Bruce Russo of B. Russo Designs. Russo added several new vendors that included many of the concepts he had developed, as well as new architectural and design elements.
Smoke-a-holics will fill the void left by Not Just Q, a grill restaurant in the dining room that closed in November. It is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. or until it is sold out.
“Bruce said people came in asking for barbecues, so there is a need,” says Walker. “There are thousands of people who live on Crockett Row, so there is a lot of potential.” The place should be hopping. “