Best BBQ spots in Dallas: Smokey Joe’s
May is National Barbecue Month, and there are plenty of places in North Texas that have what it takes to make the Top 50.
DALLAS – In Texas, where there’s smoke, there’s Daniel Vaughn. As the grill editor for Texas Monthly, his job is to find the best grill in Texas.
At least eight barbecues in Dallas-Fort Worth are on the Texas Monthly Top 50 list. But what are some of the best BBQ spots that have flown under the radar?
Vaughn said without a doubt the first place to go is Smokey Joes in Dallas.
Kris Manning owns Smokey Joes, but admits that he has long since not wanted it.
“My dream has always been to be in an American company,” said Manning. “I always wanted to wear a suit and tie to work. [But] I applied everywhere and never got a job anywhere. “
So his father, who helped open the house in 1985, asked Manning twice if he wanted to take over the business.
After being asked a third time, he finally did.
“I said yes, on one condition: if it’s mine, it’s mine,” said Manning.
Since its acquisition in 2014, Manning has definitely made it his.
He ripped out the old pit in the kitchen and put new smokers back.
He then renovated the building and the menu.
Manning was blown away by the brisket after visiting a well-known barbecue place in Austin. Right here and there, he decided to change the way his chestpiece was made.
Have these changes paid off?
“Yes, they paid off a lot,” said Manning.
“This is essentially a new restaurant,” said Vaughn.
Now, says Vaughn, Smokey Joe’s serves up some of the best brisket in Dallas. Customers are also increasingly noticing this, as a growing fan base is pending for Manning’s new brisket.
He also added stunning side dishes like chicken tetrazzini, macaroni and cheese, as well as homemade pickles. He also serves incredible desserts like carrot cake.
Manning even came up with an amazing new bean recipe and then immediately took it off the menu.
“I put the beans out there and probably got at least 15, 20 calls,” Manning said.
Loyal customers liked his father’s beans better, so Manning kept them and abandoned his new recipe.
The ribs and a few other things also stayed the same.
Overall, Vaughn says that Smokey Joe’s has become one of the best BBQ spots in Dallas.
“If you come to Dallas on a BBQ tour, Smokey Joe’s has to be one of your stops,” said Vaughn.
Smokey Joe’s is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, see Click here.