Best BBQ spots in Dallas-Fort Worth: 225 Barbecue
From brisket cheesesteaks to ribs with roast beef, 225 BBQ offers one of the most imaginative and delicious menus in the region.
ARLINGTON, Texas – It’s National Barbecue Month, and in Texas, Brisket is King. It’s easy to find moist, lean, or chopped brisket in virtually every corner of this state, but there’s one place in Arlington that takes brisket to another level.
“The same old thing just keeps getting boring,” said Rene Ramirez, owner of 225 Barbecue in Arlington. “You have to throw a curve ball out there and surprise people.”
Although 225 Barbecue is served from a small food trailer outside of the Brewing division in Arlington, the food has great flavor.
Ramirez’s menu is full of surprises like beef ribs, brisket elote, and a quesitaco, a taco wrapped in a quesadilla.
“People never know what to expect,” said Ramirez. “[They ask] ‘What on the menu? What’s this? What’s up with you this week ‘You will find out that day. “
“I think it’s fun to eat out because they enjoy cooking,” said Daniel Vaughn, grill editor for Texas Monthly.
However, Vaughn says don’t be fooled. At 225, the brisket on its own is one of the best you can get.
It’s amazing because it’s only been eight years since Ramirez smoked his first brisket.
He only smoked this brisket to prove that he could do it better than his brother. He never intended to smoke another.
Finally he did and he kept doing it. After perfecting the technique, he quit his job and started smoking meat all day. It didn’t take long to think well outside the hearth.
He has other preparations like brisket cheesesteaks, brisket burgers, brisket nachos, and even something he calls chicken baseball: it’s chicken stuffed with brisket, then wrapped in bacon.
“How do so many menu items get out of a food truck?” Asked Vaughn.
One of Ramirez’s craziest inventions is the cherry bomb.
“It’s a bacon-wrapped habanero stuffed with cream cheese and brisket,” Ramirez said.
“He said he got a guy who comes in and eats like 10 cherry bombs and that’s that guy’s lunch. So yeah, stay away from this guy’s bathroom, ”Vaughn joked.
Ramirez says he has so many people in line (for his food, not for the bathroom) that he could make a lot more food than he is doing right now. But it is spatially limited.
Ramirez can get a lot of great food out of his trailer, but hopes to have a stationary location soon where he can come up with even crazier turns to grilling in Texas.